[Scribus] insert lorem ipsum: back to context menu?

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer
Wed Jul 20 02:25:34 CEST 2005

Hi Louis,

> The fact is such a feature exists in Quark and I use it very rarely 
> (somewhere down the Utility menu...).

It's in Utilities > Jabber (at least in my 6.5 here). It doesn't insert 
"lorem ipsum", but some English/Dutch/French/Latin nonsense text. Using 
the faulty Latin of "lorem ipsum" (or other sample texts in different 
alphabets as provided since 1.3), makes a lot of sense, IMHO, because 
the customer's attention isn't (unconsciously) distracted by reading it.

> Surprisingly, I use it very often in Scribus.

Me too ;) And I really *like* the feature, as it gives yourself as well 
as the customer the opportunity for a quick glance on how the final 
product will look like. *Very* useful in the initial layout process.

> I think this is a matter of just how handy the tool is. :)

---> scribus 1.2.x = context menu :)

> I didn't test 1.3 yet so I don't know where "Insert Sample Text" is gone now.

Insert > sample text (from the main menu)

> My guess is if it isn't in the context menu, we might use it less 
> than we would otherwise.

Exactly -- and I'd like to add "should use" to make our life easier.

That said, I'd like to stress that I consider usability as one of the 
strengths of scribus. The context menu (and the properties submenu) 
provides a lot of consistency for many operations, once you are 
accustomed to it. QXP, on the other hand, has always been a usability 
nightmare. InDesign is much better in that, last I looked, but with 
scribus, working is a breeze -- at least to me and also thanks to the 
enormous speed improvements in


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