[scribus] Book layout and printing
adrian.maggio at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 22:14:12 CET 2009
On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 4:10 PM, Murray Strome <wmstrome at yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2/23/09, "Adrian Maggio" <adrian.maggio at gmail.com> wrote:
> > hi all!
> > does anyone have any experience with book/script layout and printing?
> > i am preparing a script for a play i am directing, and i was wondering if
> > any of you have done something similar with scribus?
> > thanks,
> > adrian
> Hi Adrian,
> This is not exactly a direct answer to your question, but I wondered if you
> had looked at Celtx:
> I have not actually used it myself yet, but it appears to be an extremely
> useful and powerful tool for writing scripts for plays, movies, and more.
> Once you have your script written (however you do it), you could use the
> results to prepare a book, if you wish.
> I would say the most important lesson I have learned about using Scribus to
> create a book is to break it into chunks that are no longer than 20 pages
> each (I would say keep it to 12-16 pages if you can). Once I have the
> sections prepared, I usually use external tools to put the resulting PDF
> files together.
> Tools (in LINUX) that I have found to be very useful for this are:
> pdftk -- lets you combine pieces of different PDF files into a new one
> pdftops-- converts PDF to PostScript
> psbook -- puts the pages in proper order if you are imposing (e.g. for a
> psnup -- creates a booklet (e.g. if you started with 8.5X11 pages in your
> original file and want a booklet that has two pages 5.5X4.25 on each side of
> a sheet of paper)
> ps2pdf -- converts the resulting PostScript file to PDF
> compress-newsletter.pl -- dramatically reduces the size of the PDF file (I
> usually get about a 10:1 reduction in file size with no noticeable
> degradation in printed quality).
> All of these are available in standard repositories for LINUX (I think it
> is something like psutils which includes most of them).
> The compress-newsletter.pl script is available from:
> I hope that some of this information will be helpful to you.
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