[Scribus] Scribus Digest, Vol 44, Issue 2

jwminer at accessvt.com jwminer
Tue Oct 3 08:36:10 CEST 2006

James G. wrote:
> I find that, at least here in the U.S., most people's eyes just sort
> of glaze over when you say Desktop Publishing. However, if you say,
> "It works like 'Printmaster' or 'The Print Shop'," lightbulbs light
> up. For those who have never heard of either of these, they are very
> much like a real DTP software package, except that they focus on
> templates and drop-in-place graphics, and are geared to produce a
> final document ready to print out and take to your next church
> function, as opposed to one you might have professionally printed.

Sorry, I don't think PrintMaster or PrintShop are anything at all
like a real DTP package. They are "consumer graphics" programs aimed
at home users who want to make greeting cards, posters, calendars,
banners, labels, recipe cards, simple newsletters, scrapbook pages,
and other graphics projects. They do not offer much control over
type. They don't handle large amounts of text. You write text in the
program. They are good for what they do, but in no way do they
approach even a Microsoft Publisher level.

I don't think Scribus should attempt to duplicate consumer graphics
programs or appeal to users of consumer graphics programs. It's not
the tool a consumer graphics user wants for posters and greeting

I'm also not fond of template collections. High-level DTP involves
much more than picking out a template and dropping in your own text
and graphics.
--Judy Miner

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