[Scribus] Two ideas from an earlier DTP app

Eilert eilert-sprachen
Fri Feb 18 12:16:02 CET 2005

Just something coming up to my mind:

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine who is in the layout business 
had a business himself and was working with a program named 3B2 (at 
least that's what I remember - its name was derived from a postcode in 

There were 2 features I remember rather cool:

1. Layers were indicated as frames in different colors around the 
text/image boxes.

2. With a special key you could call a small input dialog, just 1 line 
or so, for invoking special formatting codes. I think my friend 
explained to me that these were the codes for a machine previously used 
for layouting in the printing world (Linotype???). Anyway, formatting 
was made ridiculously fast by just typing some codes, and the whole 
paragraph or text was re-alined. (He admitted that hardly anyone from 
the DTP world knew these codes anymore and he considered himself kinda 
dinosaur still using them...)

The app was running under DOS(!), consuming a lot of memory (for that 
time) and brought its own graphic subsystem. Meanwhile he gave up his 
own business and joined his brother's firm, but now they use other 
programs of course :-)


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