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

Pierre-Luc Auclair p.lucauclair
Wed Jul 26 00:57:28 CEST 2006

That's the new mentality of people thinking they are full blown 
designers/typographers/whatever because they have learned how to put 
text on a page. But most of them can't put anything hierarchically, make 
any sense, or even respect the most basic composition rules.

While OSS may democratize tools, it certainly doesn't democratize 
knowledge (although it does indirectly, but that's another topic).

If you're a designer, you must have has some dumb ass client having oral 
diarrhea on your fees, saying they can do just as well with the almighty 
swiss-knife, coffee-maker Word. These are usually the same people 
complaining about stuff they have no idea about, and are probably the 
same guys you talk about, who used Abiword and OOo to produce their book.

Yes it puts your text on a page, yes people can "read" it, but it's 
nowhere as efficient, and nowhere as professional. That like my regional 
tourism committee, who preferred to save 20 bucks on their business 
cards, by 1. using the cheapest cover material I've ever seen and 2. not 
even printing on the good sense of the grain (I blame lousy printers on 
that), and when you think these cards will be making contacts with 
people all over the world and representing you, and all the places you 
want people to pour money into, you can only wonder why you still care 
working with such uneducated people.

/rant over.

peterd wrote:

>Earlier this week I contacted the local 'copy centre' to price out a 
>'cheap' printing job.  Not only did the person I talked to have no idea 
>what pdf's and picas were but could only except copy that were either M$ 
>Word or Publisher files.
>Hmm... does that tell me that M$ has redefined DTP? and that those who 
>err, learned Publisher (as part of M$ Office) see that app as state of 
>the art DTP?
>I'm wondering if this thread has started because of  'experience' with 
>M$ Office / Publisher?

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