[scribus] [scrobus] Starting with Scribus

Blue Beehive alan at bluebeehive.com
Wed Jul 8 09:26:55 CEST 2009

Hi Murray

I have not produced anything in Scribus yet. When I get time spare I am 
slowly working through the tutorial  and getting the feel of things 
first. The village mag that I have promised to try to do is not due out 
for a couple of months so I have a bit of time. All of this is still 
being done on an XP (SP3) box, my Centos machine (another leaning curve) 
is not up and running yet. OOo is therefore 3.0.1.

Styles are something that I have never fully explored and obviously 
something that needs to be addressed. I have always formatted on the 
fly. I suppose I can sum all of this up by saying that I am now learning 
to do things properly, and unlearning many years of  'bodge it and see'. 
It sounds a bit mad but I am actually enjoying it all. Just which I 
could loose the day job and devote more time to it all.

Thanks again


Murray Strome wrote:
> Hi Alan,
> I have found that doing the initial edit in OO first is easier. I am 
> using a bit older version (, as it is the one currently in 
> my Kubuntu 8.04  repository. I have found that you CAN just import 
> relatively simple OO text documents, with their formats intact, by 
> creating a text frame, then right-clicking on it, select "Get Text", 
> then browse to find your OO document.  Scribus will then create a 
> bunch of paragraph styles that correspond closely to those in your OO 
> document.  HOWEVER, I do not do this routinely, as I prefer to have 
> more control, which I achieve by defining my own styles.  This is also 
> important for me when I am producing regular newsletters and I want 
> them to look much the same. Also, I receive contributions in all kinds 
> of formats which are not consistent at all.  Thus, after editing the 
> document in OO (fixing spelling and grammatical errors, improving the 
> wording, etc.), I save it as TEXT (.txt) and use "Get Text" from those 
> files, setting the particular styles I want for things like titles, 
> contributors, signatures, bulleted or numbered items, etc..
> I have found that copying text from OO documents to be a pain.  If 
> there is only a piece of text, I usually copy it to a text editor, or 
> in Kubuntu to KNotes, and then copy it from there into the Scribus 
> Story Editor.  Trying to highlight then copying text directly from OO 
> does not work very reliably for me.
> --------------------------------------------
> "Blue Beehive" <alan at bluebeehive.com> wrote:
> Thank you for that info Murray.
> I found the tutorial after a helpful comment from John Culleton 
> earlier on and am working my way through it. As you say it is the new 
> mindset thing. After may years with MS (from 95 onwards) it is quite a 
> bit of a jump. And that is quite apart from the other jump into the 
> world of DTP.
> It has seemed to me, and you obviously agree that it is best to write 
> the text in OOo first then import it. It doesn't appear that a cut and 
> paste will do - though I may be, and probably am, wrong.
> Than you for taking the time to reply. As you say there are lots of 
> people willing to give up their time to help others. Even that is a 
> revelation after the secular word of MS. I just wish I could use this 
> list properly.
> Alan
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