[scribus] Starting with Scribus
john at wexfordpress.com
Sat Jul 4 04:10:33 CEST 2009
On Thursday 02 July 2009 04:58:08 am Blue Beehive wrote:
> OK. I have downloaded and installed Scribus and started to read
> the documentation (splendid stuff Peter). I am a Windows user who
> has never done any DTP before, or anything else really, only
> business accounts (package), the occasional spreadsheet and the
> usual emails. I have foolishly agreed to prepare and publish our
> village mag - 32 double sided A4 pages and around 800 copies per
> run) and thought Scribus hits the button. Now here is the BUT. I
> now find that I also now have to have GhostScript and Ghostscript
> viewer, GIMP and I don't know what else, and have got to learn
> about PS, PDF and EPS files together with typography, fonts,
> colour manipulation and what seems like a myriad of other things.
> My question is simple. Where do I start? Which comes first in the
> learning curve. Scribus, the other programs, terminology, the
> file types? I am surrounded, nay buried, in 'new stuff'. So much
> so that I have lost all sense or direction and have no idea where
> the door is. Can anybody point to it. -- Please!
You should load Ghostscript first, then Scribus. Gimp is nice but
not essential for your app. I would look up the file types on
wikipedia. For a readable introduction to the publishing process,
not Scribus specific, I would buy Pete Masterson's book
"Book Design and Production." It is an outstanding introduction to
the overall process, even though it is not Scribus specific.
There is also an excellent tutorial online that covers the main
points of using Scribus in a very readable manner.
The Scribus manual is comprehensive, but a bit overwhelming for the
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