Scribus Splash Screen
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Sounds great! Just downloaded both Ghost software & Scribus -- Attemped to install on a XP system (first reading installation instructions)... to no avail. I'd love to comment on Scribus but first the install should be easier to perform.
I notice that this covers the Linux version of Scribus, but it should be noted that there is a Windows port of the software. Installation requires a prerequisite in the form of installing GhostScript, but all that is explained at the Scribus Web site.
Just used it to create a cover page for my reports with a nice layered image and typeset titles etc. I find that the .pdf import stuff needs work though. Still haven't figured out what the basic imported.pdf file should be set to.
Useless tool except for UNIX gurus who hate MS and don't mine expending endless efforts to avoid really fast, efficient and production business programs. However, having said that, if you don't have a real business need for a professional program, and use it bi-yearly it is probably the most efficient and cost effective solution.
It is almost useless for me, if you go anywhere near 50 pages with this thing it starts freaking out, it is very inefficient, only useful with probably 10 pages I am afraid if one wants to do decent page layout they will have to fork out the money for InDesign or Quark, for none windows and Mac users Wine or a vm with one of these applications is the only saviour.
I have started a small activity as an editor with two other people: after having used software like PhotoS**p, XPr**s, etc. for many years, we now almost exclusively use Open Source tools in order to produce and publish professional books. Scribus is the main program we use to create the covers (with The Gimp, I must add) whereas book contents are formatted with LaTeX when there aren't a lot of graphics (mostly because it is the quicker and most efficient way to satisfy our typographic needs). The result is a complete and very efficient platform for publishing that is: 1) completely customized to suit our needs ; 2) very stable: it allows us to produce a book of high quality in a very short time. If the learning curve seemed a bit longer at the beginning, after some efforts we now have what I rightfully consider as a suite of "fast, efficient and production business programs". Personally, I could summarize the whole experience as: "spend a bit more time thinking and working hard at the beginning of a project and your life will be easier." I must concede that not doing this way seems to be regretfully usual in some businesses, specially in some big companies (as far as I know). Finally, if I quote you: "don't mine expending endless efforts to avoid really fast, efficient and production business programs[...]" seems to me more adequate to point out usual problems that MS users encounter every day around me, than users of this "useless" tool that is Scribus.
In your opinion would this be a good product to use to create documents to train users? I put together documents with a lot of screen captures and CAD drawings. Right now I am using MS Office applications, but would really like to explore the world of OpenOffice and it appears Scribus. Thank you for any input you can supply.
We are sick of MS windows software ... can you list all the products you are using that eliminate windows to support your publishing company?
Since you're in publishing, fphilibert, perhaps you can write (and, if this thread is any indication, make some $$ on) a book on how to do open source publishing. It sounds as if the folks on this thread really are hungry for nuts & bolts info on using Scribus and other open source software together for production. --Allen
I'm probably missing the point of Scribus because the photos aren't flattering in the least. They seem to demonstrate a lot of work just to create a PDF with a shaded text box. OpenOffice seems a better fit for most PDF-related needs, and it comes with all the features of a proper office suite.
Larry, You did miss the point but then I think the point Jack Wallen was trying to make is not easily made in a string of a dozen plus screen shots. Scribus is not trying to be another office word processor that happens to do PDF exports but an open source alternative to commercial page layout programs like PageMaker, InDesign, Quark, etc. (PDF is becoming a standard file format for commercial printing.) Nonetheless, your point is well taken. I too would much prefer OpenOffice.org for 90% of my daily PDF creation tasks. However, as a user of PageMaker from way back who doesn't want to dish out the several hundred bucks for its successor, InDesign, to do a book project every couple years, Jack Wallen's screenshot tutorial actually makes Scribus tempting to look at. (Do write more, Jack but please offer a .pdf alternative to the screenshots!) Scribus purports to offer color management capabilities that rival the mainstream payware products and apparently can handle book-length manuscripts. It even has a built-in pre-flight engine for prepping manuscripts for commercial press production. (How good the Scribus pre-flight is, I can't say at this point.) Those uses are a whole other playing field than OpenOffice.org. All that said, my initial look at Scribus left me less than impressed. I had great difficulty figuring out how to get even a basic master page laid out. The documentation that I found for it was not only inadequate, it was often just plain inaccurate! However, Jack Wallen's tutorial renewed my curiousity in Scribus: maybe it does have the capabilities to work up to its promise; they were just hidden by a dearth of documentation! --Allen
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Scribus_Video_Tutorials I think you will find this a little more user friendly.