[scribus] Wiki-page for discussing features in layout software

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Wed Oct 1 14:54:54 CEST 2008

Achim Leitner wrote:
> Dear all,
> what's it that makes layout software great for using in reald-world
> design processes? The answer, of course, depends on the type of product
> you're designing. I startet a wiki page that briefly sums up my point of
> view regarding requirements for magazine layouts and I'd like to invite
> everybody to join the discussion:
> http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Discussion:_Practical_Needs_in_Layout_Software
> In this file, I've been collecting my ideas and experiences from nearly
> eight years of working on Linux-Magazin (Germany). I'm basically an
> editor and software developer, I've been designing and implementing
> workflows (for XPress and InDesign) and tools to support it and nowadays
> am also heading the layout team here. The motivation for this discussion
> page is to try to bridge the needs and wishes of designers, editors and
> developers.
Thanks for caring enough about the project to give us your thoughts, 
Achim. We have feature requests on the bug tracker and somewhere there 
is a wiki page for suggestions, but it's good to see a narrative such as 

This is input that we need, and I'm sure Louis Desjardins will welcome 
additional input such as this.

Some of your proposals have current answers, I think, and there are many 
good suggestions for things Scribus currently doesn't have answers for. 
I'll try to annotate a bit when I get the chance to read carefully again.
What I would suggest for anyone wishing to edit Achim's wiki page with 
responses is to keep his sections intact, adding comments at the end of 
Fonts and Type Styles, for example, so that the visual flow of what he 
is saying doesn't get interrupted.

A personal point-of-view to answer some issues may be to further develop 
Scripter in its new incarnation, so that frequently used scripts might 
be added to the toolbar -- for example, one might have a script that 
modifies settings for a text frame for a particular layout, requiring no 
user input, just running and modifying quickly. First we need a much 
more comprehensive list of Scripter commands, more than even the 
original version.


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