[Scribus] The layout of books or large documents with Scribus

Axel Bojer axelb
Fri Jan 12 11:49:12 CET 2007

Axel Bojer skrev:
> Hello!
> I am currently struggeling with a book theh I am trying to set up nicely 
> with Scribus. After having made the switch to Scribus for Broschures and 
>   a magazine I am now experiencing all kinds of drawbacks with the book 
> I am working on. In the hope of getting some good tips I am now making 
> this summary. Perhaps it could be used in the online manual or as a 
> separate tip page, I have not seen one that goes in depth about this. At 
> least it would be welcomed if users experiencing--or working--with other 
> big documents in Scribus could share their experiences.
> I am aware of some bug reports (of wich I can not remember the numbers) 
> that adresses some of, or all, the problems I am mentioning.

Here are some issues I found:

0002438: Metabug: Cases of extreme memory use

0004076: large document takes several minutes to load

0004328: Severe slowdown in paragraph styles if preview is activated

0004024: Get Image Preview too slow for production machines, for 
magazine/publication etc - doesn't handle big tiffs well

0004835: color list on property palette is updated very often
(Slows Scribus down. That means it might help to remove all unused colours).

0004575: Style Manager: Preview tabs
(Suggestion for a speed improvment of the style manager)

0004513: 100% cpu usage while aligning the text
(Probably not fixable before 1.3.4. Also mentioned is the slowness of 
updating when changing the text style)

0001036: Severe performance problem on documents with very large number 
of linked frames

It seems like many (or all?) of these problems will be adresse, perhaps 
even resolved with the coming of the new text system in 1.3.4. Until 
then, working on big documents with Scribus seems not be be very good 
*sigh* I do not want to go back to Windows and to Pagemaker, and doing 
so would render much work already done seemingly useless, so, I will try 
to force my way through :-/

Is there an easy way to collect two or more finished documents into one? 
Hopefully without having to edit the resulting file afterwards :-)
If yes I may give it a try ...

Best regards
Axel Bojer

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