[Scribus] Story Editor

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer
Mon Jul 10 22:46:39 CEST 2006

Hi Pedrie,

Am Montag, 10. Juli 2006 21:36 schrieb Pedrie Roberts:
> Pedrie:
> Thanks for all who answered about downloading and installing for Ubuntu,
> esp. Mr Jordan, who knows what he's doing AND how to explain it.
> My biggest frustration with Scribus is Story Editor, which i.m.o. is quite
> useless for editing and maybe Scribus' weakest feature.

Quite the contrary: it is very useful. It allows fast editing of text 
(=content) without slowing down Scribus. InDesign does it the same way.

> And you can't use 
> another editor, because it seems you can't paste into Story Editor.

Yes, doesn't work yet, but that isn't really important. Scribus is no tool for 
editing text, and similar programs are neither. Scribus is a software to 
_layout_ a text that has already been edited in a wordprocessor or a simple 
text editor. The text tools are mainly for corrections and minor changes.

> Any 
> hope of at least wysiwig?

That would turn the purpose of the tool upside down. See Above. There are only 
two DTP programs I know of that allow WYSIWG editing in large documents 
without slowing down significantly, namely QuarkXPress and RagTime (the last 
one is hybrid of Office and DTP software).

One of the most important things to learn in DTP is to separate the production 
of content from layout, both of which a ideally more or less completey 
different processes. If you compare a DTP software to an industry, it's the 
final assembly of parts (texts and graphics) which have been produced 
somewhere else. Its job is to put all of the pieces together in the highest 
precision possible and roll out the product to the printer (or the web, or a 
PDF viewer). It's not its job to produce the parts.

> (I'm not just negative; I think Scirbus in 
> general is absolutely fantastic.)

You bet :)



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