[scribus] Is Scribus of No Practical Use to Engineers, Scientists and Mathematicians?
Professor Rodney Coates
rcoates at seiche.com
Sun Aug 23 16:10:35 CEST 2009
Thanks for that. It is encouraging. I had found reference to both
these applications but have not for the moment had the time to
investigate further. Right now, the Scribus problem has my attention
but I suspect for not much longer, unfortunately!
All the best
On 23 Aug 2009, at 15:01, Thierry S. Lytle wrote:
> GIMP and Inkscape are both available for Mac. From my 20+ years
> experience with Photoshop / Illustrator / CorelDraw et al, GIMP and
> Inkscape should replace your Phsp and Illustrator quite nicely.
> On Sun, 2009-08-23 at 12:01 +0100, Professor Rodney Coates wrote:
>> Hi Owen,
>> At the moment I use RagTime (a German Page layout program) which is
>> somewhat idosyncratic at times, quite complex and does not have quite
>> such an appealing Graphics User Interface as Scribus.
>> I use Pages '09 (Apples iWork suite) for general word processing. I
>> use Illustrator and Photoshop extensively, for the production of
>> scientific graphics. All these applications allow me to use (and have
>> so done for decades, in previous incarnations) Symbol font and Zapf
>> Dingbats. I cannot comprehend why Scribus allows me to have both
>> fonts on its font list, but that they just do not work at all. I
>> sort of understand if Scribus did not use them so did not show them.
>> Also, with respect to the fonts list, it is really nice to have DTP
>> and allied software present you with a list of "just those fonts" you
>> normally use. Then (as with Illustrator, for example) you don't have
>> to scroll through the entire several hundred (or whatever it is) to
>> reach the one you want, when you make font changes in a document.
>> Scribus allows this but, annoyingly - at least as far as I can see -
>> there is no way you can "deselect all" then select the half-dozen you
>> would ever work with. So I spent quite a while happily setting up my
>> preferences before discovering that two fonts of the half-dozen, for
>> the first time ever, just would not work.
>> Incidentally, I am of the view that there has hardly been a
>> significant true innovation in all the "upgrades" of Illustrator and
>> Photoshop that I have owned and paid for over at least two decades.
>> I could find an OpenSource equivalent to these applications I would
>> change today. It is a project (finding them) that I am currently
>> engaged on. This is why I am so saddened with the Scribus situation.
>> It looks and feels really great but it just don't cut the mustard.
>> Finally: No, I do not have LaTex. I have known about it for some
>> fifteen years. My French engineering friends swore by it, but it
>> always seemed too complex for my purposes. Instead, I used MathType
>> which either had to be bought or was bundled into AppleScript. I
>> go and see what I can find in the way of LaTex software now.
>> Many thanks
>> On 23 Aug 2009, at 11:34, Owen wrote:
>>>> 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
>>>> ordinary text. I need to set mathematical formulae.
>>> If latex/TeX is not available, why?
>>> Do you have latex etc installed
>>> can you produce documents in Latex?
>>> If you have latex, I suggest you use that for the time being. it
>>> has the advantage of making footnotes and reference list.
>>> Do your fonts display in Open office or whatever document editor you
>>> are using?
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