[Scribus] Large documents and books in Scribus
Wed May 31 12:17:28 CEST 2006
>There has been some discussion about large documents in Scribus, 500
>pages and more.
>I was wondering if it's feasible to do such a document in chapters
>rather than the whole book at once, this way alterations dont affect the
>whole and changing/opening / saving is speedier.
This is exactly what I would strongly suggest to do with such a large
document. Actually, not doing so is going to be just not possible at
the moment in Scribus. Also, since Scribus is so good at exporting
PDFs, the need to actually assemble such a large piece at the end of
the layout process could be unnecessary. Just export the PDFs by
section and either put them together with a PDF tool if you need to
or hand them like that to your printer. In that case, just make sure
you name your files in a logical way.
Lots of printers today will have no problem handling many PDF files
to achieve a single book.
Keep in mind that unless this book will be printed on a digital press
that output assembled books, larger presses oblige to print by
sections (signatures) of, say, 8 or 16 or 32 pages in the reading
order (for perfect binding) depending on paper size and page format.
So, basically, the imposition process will split the job into
I am *not* saying your own sections should follow the printing
section pattern (although they could). I want to point out that it is
going to be split anyway so it shouldn't matter for the printer. Very
little extra work. Good negociation from the start (people don't like
surprises!) could avoid extra costs for doing so. After all, it takes
not much time to assemble a PDF from other PDFs.
Also, large documents can be (are) a pain for any system at any end
of the chain. So it is a good idea to split large documents into
smaller documents. The reasons you give are all good for this and
what is true for you is going to be true for others down the river.
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