[scribus] Re : making 11 by 17 page layout

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Mon Apr 13 13:45:42 CEST 2009

On Wednesday 25 February 2009 02:47:36 pm 
jwminer at accessvt.com wrote:
> Alison wrote:
> > yes, you are right, it is exactly what I need, but I
> > know no one who knows Linux unfortunately.  Really want
> > to learn myself but it's hard
> > to figure out how to go about that.  Anyway, thanks
> Remember that there are two learning curves involved. One
> is learning the fundamentals of designing, laying out,
> and printing a publication. The other is learning how to
> do this with Scribus.
> You can learn about graphic design and printing from many
> places and the software you use for laying out the
> newsletter is immaterial. Online a good place for
> questions on design, layout, and printing is the Desktop
> Publishing Forum ( http://www.desktopublishingforum.com
> ). The people are friendly and most are professionals but
> very tolerant of newbie-type questions. There are also
> numerous books. You might like to start with books by
> Robin Williams (a designer, not the actor/comedian). She
> has books about typography as well as print and Web
> design. There is also a ton of information at
> http://graphicssoft.about.com/ including tutorials and
> friendly forums, and likewise at
> http://desktoppub.about.com/ .
> A terrific magazine that's really a must-read for anyone
> learning design is Before&After. The web site is
> http://www.bamagazine.com/ and you can read some articles
> and subscribe there. The magazine is about design rather
> than using software and any software mentioned is for Mac
> or PC (InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and the
> like), but as I said, it's about design rather than using
> software.
> So that takes care of one aspect of the learning curve.
> For Scribus, there is a very extensive wiki and I believe
> most of what's in the new Scribus manual is also in the
> wiki. The advantage of the book is that it's all in one
> place and you can read it without being online and refer
> to it without needing to flip back and forth between the
> wiki and your project. And of course, part of what you
> pay for the book goes to support Scribus. My point is
> that you don't have to wait for the book to find out what
> you need. Spend some time exploring the wiki and you'll
> find many of your questions answered and problems solved.
> Learning Linux is something that happens as you actually
> *use* Linux. Most distros have forums where you can ask
> questions. Some are very friendly and helpful, some are
> not. There are also numerous Web sites covering all
> aspects of Linux. Always remember that Google is your
> friend. It's often the fastest way to get an answer
> because the answer is already on the Internet.
> My own opinion is that it helps to learn Linux if you use
> a distro that doesn't try to make everything easier for
> beginners (which I think Ubuntu does, unfortunately, and
> I really regret that in too many minds Ubuntu is
> synonymous with "Linux"). I've used VectorLinux for many
> years. It's based on Slackware but is geared to desktop
> users and includes graphical front ends for setting up
> and managing the system and includes Slapt-get and GSlapt
> for package management. Like Debian's apt-get, they
> resolve dependencies and thus make things simpler than
> installing software in Windows. The just-released
> VectorLinux 6.0 Standard comes with Scribus,
> Inkscape 0.46, and Gimp 2.6.5 preinstalled. One thing I
> like about VectorLinux is that you actually learn to use
> Linux, not some distro-specific tool that shields you
> from Linux. VL also has a very friendly user forum with a
> "no RTFM" rule. In other words, the answer to a newbie's
> question is never to "read the f***ing manual."
> Of course, everybody has their favorite distro and that's
> the Linux Way: offer choice to users. Regardless of what
> you use, there is plenty of information out there.
> Increasingly, distros have their own documentation, much
> of it quite fine.
> Good luck with your quest! Never fear, you'll get there.
> --Judy Miner
>   USA
> Registered Linux User #397786

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John Culleton
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