[Scribus] end-to-end publishing solution??

Matt Donnelly donnellymp
Tue Jan 30 12:59:01 CET 2007


I'm new to the list and new to Scribus. I work for a wholesale pet 
supply company that publishes print catalogs in addition to several 
websites. We have no workflow, no content management system, no wikis, 
and the editors use Word while the designers use InDesign. We're a 
growing company that struggles to communicate well with each other as 
well as with our customers.

I'd think it would be terrific to find some way to glue together 
Scribus, OpenOffice, Gimp, a CMS app, a wiki, etc. to create an 
end-to-end publishing solution that takes companies through the entire 
catalog creation lifecycle and gets new info on/from the websites fast. 
Fold in Web 2.0, and it's a goal.

The closest we've come is the idea of using InCopy for editorial and 
InDesign for layout. This would at least get editors and designers on 
the same (virtual) page. But it doesn't solve the problem of effectively 
sharing information, workflow, modular content that can be reused across 
catalogs/websites, etc. Microsoft is trying to do some of this with 
SharePoint/Office integration...

But has anyone used just open source software to accomplish athis 
somewhat grander goal of getting all stakeholders in a website/catalog 
launch working together more effectively? We need to work smarter, not 

I'm thinking of a meta-project involving more than just the Scribus 

What do you guys think?

Thanks for the help,
Matt from Boston

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