[Scribus] Publishing a newspaper using Scribus

Helge Hielscher hhielscher
Fri Dec 15 16:41:27 CET 2006

Hello Maciej,

we work on a monthly (or bi-monthly) German-Russian magazine.

On Fri, 15 Dec 2006 01:26:32 +0000, John Poltorak wrote:
> I hope to start producing a weekly 8 page tabloid sized newspaper in a few 
> months time in which there would be numerous articles in multiple 
> languages including English, Polish, Czech, as well as Russian and others 
> and I'd like to get an idea as to how long it would take to put everything 
> together.

Do you have articles translated in multiple languages? That's what take a
lot of time. Especially corrections of the translations often come in
late, destroying hand optimized justified text.
Hopefully the new text system of Scribus 1.3.4 is going to make things

> I'm thinking about using Scribus, because I'd like to think it will offer 
> a greater chance of automating the production process in the longer term, 
> using articles stored on a text database. I don't know if it can at the 
> moment.

That also depends on what kind of illustrations you have. Can you settle
down to a fixed layout with fixed positions for photos or images? I often
set graphics or images between the texts or alongside at different
positions to avoid boring pages (plus we always have to much for the
available space).

Regarding automatization: there is no external story editor yet. Almost
all editors use Word for text processing, and I have to copy the text
manually to text files. Some are computer literate enough to use
plain text files, but then I often have to fix encoding issues. The
problem with text files is that there is no formatting at all. So right
now I apply formats (bold/underline) by hand. Best would be a text editor
that supports preset styles (and only styles). The main advantages of text
files it that there are tools for it like meld (a diff program).
> If this sounds vague, it's probably because I'm not yet totally clear
> about what I'm looking for.

Hope the above helps a bit.


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