[scribus] real life job with 1.3.5
Markus W. Barth
markus at sismografo.es
Thu Jul 2 18:27:06 CEST 2009
I have been using the 1.3.3 version for publishing a monthly eight page
magazine for a spanish town hall. This time I was tempted to give the release
candidate a try on a 12 page issue that has just been sent to the printer.
I built the rc2 from source on Ubuntu without any problems. After a couple of
weeks of working with rc2 on various documents, I am glad to say that it is a
huge progress in comparison to 1.3.3. Everything works a lot smoother and the
effort that has gone into the rewrite of text rendering is very clear. The
initial idea was to track all issues and make detailed bug reports, but I must
admit it is difficult to do that during every day work.
I experienced problems with widgets redraw, and deadkeys (accented characters)
are impossible to get to work with scribus on ubuntu, which supposedly are
both qt-related issues.
I also had various crashes while using undo. Copy and pasting with grouped
objects make problems; the copy ends up on a completely different page. When
copy-pastin textboxes, an empty line is inserted at the beginning of the text.
When you select an object on a different page, this page (at least sometimes)
doesn't get the focus. I also ended up having hundreds (sic!) of style copies
of one style. Images embedded in text don't print.
This so far is what I can remember. Sounds a lot, but I think that the overall
impression of the state of the art shows that Scribus is roaming in to become
a mature dtp app, which would make it one of the most outstanding open
software apps. However, I still think that S1.3.5 should not be released until
these bugs are squeezed. Especially new users may get a wrong first impression
from this impressive piece of software.
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