[scribus] Is Scribus of No Practical Use to Engineers, Scientists and Mathematicians?

Professor Rodney Coates rcoates at seiche.com
Sun Aug 23 12:02:08 CEST 2009

I have a problem with Scribus. I suspect it is one which is well-known  
to many potential users (scientists, engineers, maths teachers ..) but  
I can find no clear, explicit and definitive reference to it on the web.

I have Scribus running on a 17" Powerbook under OS-X 10.5.7

The Symbol font will not display; Zapf Dingbats will not display;  
Render Frame will not work (). Latex/Tex is not working/available ....

I am a technical author. I need to set Greek symbols within lines of  
ordinary text. I need to set mathematical formulae.

Please would someone let me know if I am just wasting my time with  
Scribus. It is better for me to know that NOW, rather than waste time  

I suspect that I shall have to "bin" Scribus, immediately, which is  
very sad, because it would, otherwise, have been an wonderful  
application. I anticipate extreme disappointment!

If I am wrong and there is a workaround, or I am missing the obvious,  
please could anyone who can advise me, do so in clear “non- 
computerish” terms. Hopefully, I will then have at least some chance  
of understanding and, more importantly, implementing whatever is  

Many thanks in anticipation,

Prof. Rodney Coates
Professor Rodney Coates, Ph.D., FIEEE
Seiche Ltd.
Swallow Court
LL65 4TA
+44 (0)1407 720 474
Mobile: 0787645020

rcoates at seiche.com

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