[scribus] Embarassing newbie questions...

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Tue Dec 29 20:14:33 CET 2009

On Tuesday 29 December 2009 10:27:35 Henrik Larsen wrote:
> 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 :(
> Cheers,
> Henry!

If you still have Publisher then save or "print" the files to PostScript (PS) 
or PDF. Then using Open Office writer import the files and save in  plain text.   
You may be able to import that version into Scribus. It depends of course on 
the complexity of the original document. 
John Culleton
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
Printable E-book 38 pages $5.95

More information about the scribus mailing list