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

Craig Bradney cbradney
Tue Jul 25 23:56:40 CEST 2006


> 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.

Being a good coder, kernel or not, does not make you good at DTP.

> 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.

Scribus follows the typical frame based DTP ideas as Quark and InDesign do. 
That is how it is and that is how it will stay. The use of something else 
like a word processor is a completely different idea and way of working. 
DTP != WP and never will. In any case, as Pierre-Luc has said, you don't 
typically write text in a DTP app. We may have a way to go on some things 
with working with our frames, but frames they are and frames they shall stay.

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

Many, probably, however importantly, they had the chance via FOSS. They didn't 
have to spend thousands of $/?/? on finding this out with Quark or InDesign. 

For those that left because of issues with Scribus itself (rather than 
applicable type of app), my hope is they try again at least with the final 
stable version currently planned after about 1.3.10 which will be the version 
we all are working towards. This may be 1.4, 1.6 (having released a mid term 
1.4) or even 2.0.. 

DTP is not for everyone, although we do not wish to exclude any particular 
group. In any case, the reverse is true, in general there are 
MANY "documents" that you do in DTP that are incredibly difficult or 
impossible in a word processor.. and thats the way those apps will stay. I do 
not wish to enforce frames on to those apps for some sorts of docs, and for 
others I use Scribus.

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