[Scribus] Why do?
Sun Jul 23 18:09:41 CEST 2006
Am Sonntag, 23. Juli 2006 17:37 schrieb BandiPat:
> Riku Leino wrote:
> > On 7/23/06, *BandiPat* <magicpage91 at earthlink.net
> > <mailto:magicpage91 at earthlink.net>> wrote:
> > Even if you were able to create two from there, what bloody control
> > do you have with them in the main window?!? There is no mention of
> > columns
> > or anything related in the menus of the main window! What the
> > heck were
> > you developers thinking about with all this?
> > Please behave and go to your properties palette's shape tab.
> I'm not trying to misbehave, believe me. I just think total frustration
> has set in trying to figure out simple things like columns, cutting &
> pasting and line spacing to mention a few. Yes, I looked at the
> Properties box, found the columns under the shape tab. This of course
> doesn't show up until you have created a text frame, why?
Because columns are a feature of text frames, just as in QuarkXPress.
> Shouldn't I
> have, in the menu, a selection to create columns on a blank page with no
> text frames?
Not necessarily. In Scribus, you use guides for that purpose. This approach
gives you more control over your layout than some automagick.
> Once the columns are specified, either in a new page setup
> or from a new text frame using the Properties box, where the heck are my
> columns? That's right, hidden somewhere deep in that text frame with
> only slight indicators in the ruler of their existence and that's if you
> have the text tool selected!
Yes, because they only exist in text frames. 1.3.4 already has additional
indicators for cloumns. For "page columns" you need guides, and these guides
> How intuitive is that?
It's only unintuitive if you are used to software with automagic.
> Not very and I've been around the block a few
> times with DTP programs, but I digress. Where's my control over the
> columns now?
In the properties palette.
> Why can't I start text in the second column before I fill
> up the first?
You confuse a text frame split into columns with page columns, see above.
> Why can't I move my columns separately or adjust their
> size independently of each other?
Moving would make no sense, see above. Setting indivdual column sizes is on
the developers' to-do-list. Be patient.
> Where's my user control of
Properties palette, paragraph styles.
> That's what DTP is all about, control.
Exactly, and with the exception of yet-to-come character styles and some other
features, Scribus gives you almost complete control over your document, at
the expense of less automagic, see above.
> Control of text,
> images, arrangement, flow, etc. etc. Having the Properties box open
> allows some of that, but most new users don't know about that.
That's what the docs and the Wiki are for.
> it be opened when the program starts or should that control be
> integrated into the menu or a floating tool box always opened? I admit,
> I'm looking at the program with some renewed interest and a fresh view
> as many of you should as well, then you might not overlook things that
> need attention.
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