[scribus] Doing a cookbook - how to treat each recipe

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 11 05:20:23 CEST 2009

On 10/10/2009 08:25 PM, Bruce Griffis wrote:
> I put together a list of recipes in OOo writer. I've exported to PDF
> and used psnup, pstops and ps2pdf to print it out in shrink the text
> 70%, flip it from portrait to landscape and do 2 pages per side, 4
> pages per sheet. The numbering for the Table of Contents and Index
> comes out okay - and it works okay as a basic fold-in-half booklet.
> However! I would like to do something a little better. I'd like to
> incorporate images. I'd like to generate an e-book, or possibly a good
> print-quality book.
> When putting this together, wuld I treat each chapter as a separate
> file, then merge them? Would I do it as one file and just deal with
> the length of time it takes to load (right now I'm at 124 pages).
> Would I create a new text box for each recipe, to make it easier to
> put images where I want them? I simply opened Scribus an d imported
> text from my OOo Writer file, but that makes it hard to put images
> where I want them - as I did all 124 pages as one huge text box.
Hi Bruce,

This is a big undertaking, certainly doable with Scribus, in fact what 
Scribus is all about.
It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various tools you have 
at your disposal with Scribus.

Check the wiki for info on how to use text frames and image frames:


In contrast to oowriter, Scribus uses a frames environment, text in text 
frames, images in image frames, and you can't (for the most part) mix 
types of content. That having been said you have extremely precise 
control over the position, sizing, and relationships of your content.

Generally, we recommend breaking a large project, like your 124-page 
book, to 20-30 page sections/chapters, converting each to PDF, then 
joining those with something like pdftk. As one of the co-authors of our 
Official Manual (shameless plug), this is how we created our 440-page book.

You may want to check out the tutorial:


which can give you an overview of various sorts of operations to help 
you get started.
Here is an index with some common wiki (and other) links (this is not a 
complete index of our wiki):


The wiki is a great resource, and don't hesitate to come back here when 
you're stuck. Also, don't be afraid to experiment.


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