[Scribus] It's what people don't tell you... (WAS: Re: Why do?)

Allen techwriter
Tue Jul 25 22:08:40 CEST 2006


I'm sure you get many compliments. I have not doubt whatsoever, 
however.... Well, it's like this, most people won't tell you there is a 
problem, they'll just go away. I personally know 3 people who tried to 
use Scribus and dumped it. I thought it was just because they were Linux 
kernel coders, SMTP experts, and C++ programmers that there heads were 
not screwed on the right way to understand a frames based DTP program. 
When my friend Bob, the kernel level coder, talked about a book he and a 
team or programmers were doing about Linux appliances, he mentioned the 
difficulties he'd had doing it in Scribus. I commiserated with him and 
decided to try it to see if it was truly as bad/difficult to understand 
as he said, which is why I'm here.

I know for a fact he and his partners never wrote any notes to the 
Scribus team about their problems, they just moved on and tried DocBook, 
which they abandoned shortly before settling on a combination of AbiWord 
and OpenOffice.

How many others have done the same? Inquiring minds would like to know.



Craig Bradney wrote:
>> I guess what I'm trying to point out is that BandiPat's issues are
>> real for someone (like me) new to scribus and that - for us - the
>> online docs and wiki won't always help.
> They are real, but for other complete beginners, and I must say that that 
> number is countless, Scribus is very easy to use. I've had so many people 
> tell me how easy it is to pick up..
> Perhaps what might come of this discussion is a way to reconcile the 
> differences between those complete beginners that do get and those that 
> don't.
> This, as the general open source software paradigms go, will require some work 
> by those interested. Those that are not interested will simply have to wait 
> until someone else has some time.
> Let me say this very clearly, the Scribus team is open to any reasonable 
> suggestion (given the boundaries of time, technology and our internal plans). 
> We welcome discussions such as this but there are only so many hours in the 
> day, luckily we are helped by many translators, wiki maintainers, general 
> contributors. Please, feel more than welcome to make suggestions, in a 
> clearly thought out way. Perhaps you would write up a doc and send it to us, 
> write a wiki article, perhaps and with some diagrams. This isn't required for 
> all requests, but it seems there are many thoughts involved with this 
> particular discussion and those that have the ideas should get them down in a 
> communicable fashion.
> Craig
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