[Scribus] Wordprocessor -> Scribus - but somewhat difficult

avox avox
Sun Jun 24 12:37:44 CEST 2007

Michael Engel wrote:
> Hello.
> I publish a newsletter which I made using OpenOffice.
> A lot of difficulties occurred and I decided to switch to Scribus.
> Despite it being a test version only, I decided to use the 1.3.4 version.
> So far, the basics are understandable by trial and error but as soon
> as it goes into some specifics, Scribus is quite difficult to learn
> (certainly not for professionals but for amateurs).
> I searched for "italic fonts" and just found that there are some
> reasons not to have it included - but this is not understandable for
> the non-professionals.

You can define a charstyle based on the default charstyle and change the
Scribus will improve wrt. italics and bold in 1.3.6

> I looked and didn't find how to use different line spacings in a
> single paragraph.

That's a current limitation of Scribus.

> I also didn't find how to tell the text to keep 1 mm distance from an
> image frame.

All Scribus objectsa have a contour path which can be used to make text flow
around it.
Go to properties palette, shape tab. Select "Use contour line", then "Edit
Shape", and another palette with path editing controls pops up. 
Check "edit contour".
Then use one of the buttons with outward arrows to enlarge the path.

(We should make a simpler way for this common task)

> I am sure there a lots of small problems for the person using for the
> first time Scribus instead of a word processor. A special chapter
> tackling such problems would be certainly very helpful, including an
> explanation of words like grid, guides, etc

Why dont you create a wiki page for that and start with your observations?

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