[scribus] stable sort of (was "No mails...)
daytonmeister at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 15:21:20 CET 2009
Thanks for the non-hostile comments. I want to call them useful but I don't
think much is useful for my situation. But at least you had something to
say. Honestly I haven't had any complaints with Vista up till now and I have
been using it for about a year and a half. I use Mac and Windows XP at work
because I have a whole range of apps where some of them are Windows only
such as Adobe LiveCycle Designer and others the department supports on the
Mac. And even at home I have some Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and LiveCycle
Designer which as far as I am aware are Window only apps so it isn't likely
that I am going to dump it all just to get Linux. Although I wouldn't mind
delving into it. I like to think I'm biased.
Admittedly I am just starting out with Scribus and have just played around
with very small documents and as yet no "real" jobs. So I have a way to go
before I am half way proficient at it. Scribus has only crashed once and so
far all is not lost. The automatic backup in this case would I think be an
excellent idea. I realize Scribus is a growing and developing app and I
expect to see it improve. The open source bug has bitten me. And as to the
advise on creating large books in smaller chunks I think that is well worth
keeping in mind.
So again thanks for some encouraging and helpful remarks.
I suspect the above was written tongue in cheek.
It's not luck. Linux doesn't crash. Most of my Linux
applications never crash. I typeset books using pdftex or
more rarely Context flavors of TeX. I use the Vim editor.
The nature of TeX is that it runs in read-only fashion. If
it errors off then the original file is untouched.
I have found from my limited use that Scribus 18.104.22.168 and
later versions of 1.3.5 don't crash either. In my TeX work
I am protected because Gvim keeps a continuous backup copy
under another name as editing proceeds. Perhaps Scribus
could adopt a similar automatic backup method.
With respect to Windows the reported info is that it became
more stable when XP was offered. Vista is too new to
evaluate. Most users with XP experience hate Vista. I have
a neighbor who hates Vista but won't go back to XP because
Vista is "the latest thing". But many businesses refuse to
upgrade to Vista from XP. My wife who has not used anything
else loves Vista . Go figure.
I have Win 2000 on a seldom-used partitition.
Individual applications such as MSWord can crash if they are
overloaded with too much data or functionality. I monitor
many mailing lists and help moderate one. More than once I
have seen a tear-stained e-mail where someone has lost
their entire book with no backup whilst trying to create it
with spellchecker, grammar checker, TOC and indexing all
turned on simultaneously. And because it runs so slowly
with a big book breaking the book up into idividual files
is almost a routine practice.
Scribus also has problems with very large documents and I
suspect this is a function of the basic design. The Scribus
Manual was broken into segments and developed that way or
so I am told. But I am happy to use Scribus for those
applications where it blows the competition away such as
Able Indexers and Typesetters
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