[scribus] Confused on how to insert/delete pages

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Tue Nov 18 19:19:50 CET 2008

On Monday 17 November 2008 09:56:01 pm Gregory Pittman wrote:
> John Beardmore wrote:
> > I share your problem in that I use Scribus to put technical
> > reports together, and sometimes, (probably usually !), things get
> > inserted at a late stage as things evolve.
> >
> > This seems to offend the layout purists who feel that Scribus
> > should ONLY be used for layout once all the elements that will be
> > in the final draft of a document are available, and further, seem
> > to feel that Scribus should make little if any compromise to any
> > other way of working.
> This is not a matter of any "layout purists" dictating anything.
> When you paint yourself into a corner, it doesn't do any good to
> blame the paint, the brush, or the room. And what answer do you
> expect from another painter?
> Perhaps it's better not to initially create left and right pages,
> but just individual ones, until you get the content set, then make
> your left and right page layout afterward. Maybe you can divide the
> work into sections and add blank pages as needed. As with many
> other things, there are many ways to use Scribus.
> Greg

Scribus is very strong for book covers, newsletters, flyers and so on. 
For long books I find that TeX is more flexible when changes in 
pagination etc. are to be expected.  The TeX facilities for indexes, 
multiple TOCs, footnotes, cross references, bibliography and the like 
are not duplicated in Scribus and may never be in their entirety.  And 
Scribus processes big documents very slowly.  

There are horses for courses, as the racetrack touts would say.  
Thankfully in Open Source software we are never limited to a single 
John Culleton
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