[Scribus] Example of what I would like to do

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Sat Oct 6 16:17:21 CEST 2007

avox wrote:
> dbeach wrote:
>> I help produce an annual catalog at my job. We use all of the usual
>> stupendously expensive desktop publishing applications: Quark Xpress,  
>> InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc. etc.
>> I would like to find out how much of this can be done with Open Source
>> apps. I have a sample page from our current catalog at:
>> http://www.klikmaker.com/pdf/211TestPage.pdf
>> All photos in  this project are CMYK TIFFs with clipping paths, with  
>> the occasional EPS vector image.
>> So far, I haven't been able to puzzle out how to make those blocks of  
>> copy in my sample, with tabs and rules under each line. I also do not  
>> know how to use The GIMP to generate CMYK TIFFs with clipping paths.
> The table is the most difficult to achieve in Scribus, especially with the 
> up/down arrows inside.
I'm not so sure that the lines/arrows are so difficult -- in Scribus 
they would most likely be just on a level above and not necessarily part 
of the table. And for that matter, for what you're showing, a table may 
not be necessary - what you really have are lists with certain styles 
and tabs.

The worst thing you could do would be to rush into this and come up with 
some cumbersome method that will turn people off when they see how to do it.
Best to divide this up into the different kinds of elements (since 
that's what Scribus does, really, is layout a collection of elements, 
typically frames of one sort or another), then search for ways to make 
it easier and more automated.

Some things to search out in the documentation/wiki are:

http://docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=importhints1 (EPS 
graphics importing)

These can be very helpful:

Make sure along the way you learn about copying items and pages, 
duplicating, saving into the Scrapbook, since these can save a lot of 
time by reusing various components and elements.


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