[Scribus] slow text editing

Craig Bradney cbradney
Fri Oct 1 18:17:29 CEST 2004

On Friday 01 October 2004 18:45, el Sism?grafo, S.L. wrote:
> Hi,
> I am writing this because there is almost every day somebody on the list
> asking about the speed issue.
> I have been considering layouting some pages of our main product with
> Scribus (at the moment we use Quark Express) but there are two reasons that
> put us off the idea after a couple of tryouts. The first reason is the
> missing of character styles (which for a trial go wouldn't have been a
> major problem) and the second and main reason is the extremely slow text
> editing. (Of course all text comes in as text files from our article
> writers).

Character styles, and inheritable styles (styles based on other styles) are 
planned for 1.3.

> The typical work of a layouter starts off with a rough text cleaning (white
> spaces, typos, etc.) after which a lot of copy, paste, rearrange, mark-up
> (applying styles) etc. is done. Layouting a complex three page article can
> take even a skilled layouter up to three hours (including the time spend
> with preparing the images) provided that it is _him_ who sets the speed of
> work (and layouter can be mindbogglingly fast...). Layout is often a matter
> of try and error - the faster you try the faster you may discard, the
> faster you will get what you want. If in the process of layouting the
> program is the pace setter, something is wrong.
> At the moment we use Scribus for imposing sheets because of its excellent
> pdf support, no real layout work is done with it.
> The feature set Scribus has right now is  brillant not to speak of the
> excellent output, the only thing I can think of that's missing is Character
> Styles. For this reason the improvement of speed anounced for the 1.3
> should get the main attention (I would even say it's worth to get the only
> attention).

The canvas needs its rewrite, and then we will see how things go... 

> P.S. is there a skript repository I can send my skripts to?

You can upload them to www.scribus.net as a suggested download.


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