[Scribus] Best way to explore Scribus Code

Helmut Wollmersdorfer helmut.wollmersdorfer
Wed Mar 15 09:03:40 CET 2006

Christoph Sch?fer wrote:

> Am Freitag, 3. M?rz 2006 04:29 schrieb Asif Lodhi:


>>How good is their documentation from the 
>>perspective of teaching a complete layman when it comes to DTP?

> For lay people insufficient, unfortunately. But there are very good books on 
> both programs and DTP in general available. If you have a book shop 
> specialised in computer books in your neighbourhood, try to find out what 
> suits your needs.

Some weeks ago I had to prepare a book (a dozen pages of text and ~70 
pages with watercolor paintings and some text). There was no budget for 
a professional - so I had to jump into the cold water.

My experience covers the usual Office-Suite, Linux and Win, Gimp, but 
never used a DTP-Suite. Beginning from the download of Indesign and 
Photoshop (the trial versions) it took me ~20 hours to have the result. 
Half of the time was spent on fine adjusting the pictures (color balance 
etc.) - I totally underestimated this problem. The second problem was 
finding a nice layout.

Generally Indesign and PS are mostly self-explaining, but with some 
unusial Usability. Also I had some problems with the used terms. I had a 
5 years education at the technical college for reproduction and printing 
(30 years ago;-) and we had technical English there, but some DTP-terms 
seem to be younger (US?) jargon.

Afterwards I detected Scribus which IMHO can compare with Indesign - hmm 
... some features missing. I'm willing to help - nice people, nice project.

Helmut Wollmersdorfer

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