[scribus] Newbie Mac User

John Morris johnjeff at editide.us
Sat Aug 1 18:19:28 CEST 2009

John Culleton wrote:
>I have four switchable desktops, each one measuring 1280 x 1024. I
>usually run a 640 x 480 or 800 x 600 viewport into the current
>desktop and ramble around on the larger desktop with the mouse.   
>I can switch between desktops with one detent rotation of the mouse
>wheel on empty space.

   I'm sure that works very well for you, but it 
is very different from my workspace. Over the 
years, I have gradually worked my way up to a 
larger and larger desktop and each step has been 
better than the last. I currently work with 
1920x1200.* For those times when my main monitor 
is not big enough, I run a second monitor that 
has also grown over the years. It is currently at 
1900x1440. Running that second monitor all the 
time has always felt too extravagant, so it only 
comes on a few times a month.
   I doubt that I fully understand what you mean 
by a "800 x 600 viewport into the current 
desktop," but I think I get the basic idea. I 
also doubt that I would be at all happy rambling 
around such a small window on the desktop. I 
suspect that this would be similar to zooming in 
on my current desktop and then moving around with 
the mouse. I occasionally do that for fine work 
or to read especially small print. I have even 
considered using that as my main desktop, but 
never seriously. As I said before, I like having 
everything available on a large desktop.

Tornóci László wrote:
>One annoying thing though: every time I start 
>Scribus, all the small windows are piled up on 
>the left monitor, I need to drag them to the 
>right before I start working.

   That would be annoying, probably enough so that 
I would find a different way to arrange things. I 
have not yet tried this on my system, so I don't 
know how it would work.


*Ironically, my current desktop is a step down 
from the last, which was 1920x1440. I made this 
step because I could get it in a laptop and 
because it appears that if I ever make the leap 
to an LCD monitor, it will probably be running at 
1920x1200. For environmental reasons I really 
like using the laptop as my main machine; the 
loss of 240 pixels is a small price to pay to 
save 300 KWHr a year.

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