[Scribus] Flyer for Scribus

Christopher Sawtell csawtell
Sun May 21 05:02:23 CEST 2006

On Sunday 21 May 2006 03:06, Thomas Zastrow wrote:
> Hi there,
> so, I build a small Flyer for promoting Scribus:
> http://www.thomas-zastrow.de/brochure.pdf
> Pictures and texts are from the official Scribus-Doc.
> Please, feel free to tell me what do you think about it!

Firstly Personally, I hate the 3 folds on A4 format. I know 'everybody' 
uses it, but that doesn't mean that it's the best. It results in ugly, 
badly proportioned thin columns with either lots of hyphens or big holes 
of white space. Both are ugly. To avoid this, you have to really dredge 
the depths of your vocabulary, going gently insane doing it.

Secondly I am of UK origin, so my rules of English grammar, spelling, and 
usage are based on that fact. ( It is a fact that British and American 
English have diverged so far as to be effectively separate languages both 
with their own rules and notions of what is correct. It's pointless 
discussing which is 'correct' because they both are. ) "Divided by our 
common language", so another 'translation' is a solution to the dilemma.

In general, my English rules place adverbs, and adverbial clauses, after 
verbs, and by the same token, adjectives come before nouns. There are a 
few exceptions to these rules, but not many.

It's essential to decide on your target audience. If your target is 
management, then the emphasis should be on the superior quality of the 
generated output, secondly the portability of the application, to say 
nothing of the cost of a licence ($0.00). otoh, if your audience is the 
technical community emphasise the support fora, quality of code, the 
continuous development process and 'polish' being applied to the code.
( Assuming that that fact is true. :-)

I have a subjective impression that there seems to be too much completely 
blank space, which could have informative stuff on it. 

The font is too small for older eyes to read happily.

The edges of the blue circle and pen logo seem uneven and blockey to me. 
Isn't there an SVG version somewhere?
On opening the pamphlet the first thing you'll see is the list of Friends 
of Scribus. Is that what you want? shouldn't these be on the back?

Humble beginnings are usually plural.

Adjust the size of the illustration in the left-hand column smaller so that 
the words to the right of it fit better.

You are making a number of discrete points throughout the document, I 
wonder if these should be separated out into bullet lists?

I'd love to present an alternative. It would save a lot of time if I was 
able to get the existing Scribus file and the images. Unfortunately the 
link to the .tar.gz file is broken. 


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