[scribus] Embarassing newbie questions...

Henrik Larsen henrikslarsen at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 29 16:27:35 CET 2009

Hi, new to the list, new to Scribus. I have been watching the video tutorials and reading pages of text about using this crafty tool, but some things just are not adding up, and I seem to be looking in the wrong places. So here I am, with questions no doubt asked hundreds of times before...

First, how do I get a simple flowing text? I mean this like text in a word processor like OpenOffice Writer or MS Word: I put in a text, and it just continues across the pages? Currently, I need to put a fullsize textbox into every page (by hand, no less) and connect them to get a continued text that takes up multiple pages. With fifty pages of text, that is not very practical.

Second, I've gone through the Table of Content tutorials, but they look insanely complex to me. In both OO Writer and MS Word, a ToC is made by pushing a button, and it collects the headers you have. It seems to me there must be a way to simply have Scribus check where in the document a certain 'header' style is used, and insert all of those automatically (and I assume there is a way it automatically makes them links, too?). Also, how do I do a ToC where different levels of headers have their own styles? For example, Header 1 type titles are bold, Header 2 titles (subsections of the 1s) are italic.

I hope someone can answer these things. The people at the OpenOffice forums tell me my expanding layout needs are better met by Scribus than by Writer, so I hope to find a lot of neat and efficient ways to use it. I am just tripping over newbie problems, it seems :(

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