[Scribus] Problems loading text into Scribus

John Culleton john
Fri Sep 21 16:43:23 CEST 2007

On Sunday 09 September 2007 06:18:07 pm David Bodwell wrote:
> Thanks, Adreas and BOTH Craigs.  I haven't tried the v1.3.3.10svn yet, but
> Andreas' work around using HTML works quite well?IF you create the HTML
> document from a Microsoft Word .doc file, using Word, rather than from an
> OpenOffice.org .odt file using OpenOffice.orgWriter.  Both HTML file look
> good, but only the Word created one imports properly into Scribus.
> Now, if there was some way to keep those footnotes on the correct page. 
> The final published version of the work is for popular reading and the
> general public does NOT flip to the back to read footnotes as the scholarly
> community does.
> Thanks again,
> David Bodwell
> Editorial Mazatl?n
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Andreas Speck <andreas.speck at tiscali.co.uk>
> To: scribus at nashi.altmuehlnet.de
> Sent: Sunday, September 9, 2007 3:55:57 AM
> Subject: Re: [Scribus] Problems loading text into Scribus
> Hi David,
> On Saturday 08 Sep 2007, David Bodwell wrote under the subject [Scribus]
> Problems loading text into Scribus:
> DB> I'm very much of a newbie at this DTP stuff, but I'm pretty darn
> computer literate.  I have to admit that Scribus has absolutely stumped me.
> DB> DB> All the documentation says that you can import OpenOffice.org text
> documents (.odt) directly into Scribus.  My problem is this:  I open a new
> Scribus document, insert a text box, them import my text file?so far, it
> works?but then when I go to that text box I find that ALL the text file is
> in the first page text box, all 40 pages of it!  No matter what I do, I
> can't seem to get this file onto multiple pages in Scribus, the way it is
> in the word processor.  HELP! DB>
> DB> The second problem is that even if I COULD get it into multiple pages,
>  Scribus strips ALL of the footnotes.  This is one I must be able to
> overcome to be able to use Scribus, as the text file I'm working with has
> numerous footnotes. DB>
> If you don't mind having the footnotes as endnotes at the end of the
> document, my workaround is to save as HTML from OpenOffice, and import the
> HTML document into Scribus.
> This way, all footnotes are correctly numbered at the end of the text.
> DB> I'm sure that both these problems are due to my inexperience with DTP
>  software, but I sure need answers. DB>
> DB> Thanks,
> DB> David Bodwell
> DB> Editorial Mazatl?n
> DB>
> Andreas

There are horses for courses. If you want footnotes on page, with the space 
for them automatically calculated, single or multiple TOC (summary follwed by 
full) at this point some variant of TeX is the tool. I use the pdftex and 
Context variants of TeX. For me LaTeX is too fussy, too verbose, too 
constraining, and too dependent on multiple sty packages separately 
maintained and documented.

Scribus is fine for newsletters, brochures, cocktail table type books full of 
illos, and book covers.   It will be a while however before Scribus can 
handle footnotes etc. or even paragraph justification with the facility of 
TeX.  TeX has about a 20 year head start, and was designed specifically for 
academic and similar works. Scribus has the visual approach and facility for 
rapid and visual placement of illos etc. 

If you want TeX with a graphical interface look into Lyx. But I prefer an 
almost wysiwyg aproach with an editor and a pdf window open side by side.  

John Culleton

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