[Scribus] exchange data between Quark, InDesign, etc

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Fri Apr 29 03:08:00 CEST 2005

Craig Bradney wrote:

>On Thursday 28 April 2005 16:27, pilus wrote:
>>Dear all,
>>I understand the dificulties discribed in the FAQ's concerning
>>exchanging documents in a propriate format. Bust there must be another
>>solution via another format type? So is there any possiblility saving /
>>export a Document from Quark in any format so that Scribus is able
>>working with it? As I understand Scribus can import .eps, fut then I can
>>not make any changings like text etc. Or is there any Program working
>>with Linux that can exchange data to non-linux standard application (and
>>still able modulating these docs)? Alternatively is there any program on
>>Linux that is able modulating pdf's? So at least I would be able to make
>>some text-changings in a pdf-file.
>>Reason: I do not want to pay every week for an agency just mecause I
>>need some little text-changings in my flyer. I use SuSe Linux 9.3
>I'm not exactly sure where the issue is? You say you use Suse... or are you 
>just moving to Linux?
>KWord can import PDFs to some extent but not the formatting of the whole 
>document. Scribus can not *yet* edit PDFs.
My sense of what is happening here is that Scribus is de facto creating 
a new era of DTP/PDF generation (i.e., Scribus is not just an 
alternative).  The faults here lie not with Scribus so much as 
illustrating the problems associated with proprietary, closed data 
formats.  Because Scribus files are open and text-based, they allow 
transparency of the contained information.  A very important additional 
advantage, much like the situation with tex/latex is that the files are 
so small that the most efficient way of saving them will always be as an 
.sla file, even in addition to the subsequent PDF.

So today, people complain about the problems of transposing to Scribus. 
In the future, the idea of using a closed file format will seem ludicrous.

(the poster formerly known as Greg)

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