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

S B sbinsandiego at gmail.com
Sun Oct 11 21:46:06 CEST 2009

I use Scribus quite a bit for teaching--produce the teaching materials, and
include pictures, etc.  I normally don't link my text files (they are
generally short anyway), and I use quite a few photos/drawings, etc.  It
seems to me that 15-20 pages is about the practical limit for the program
right now, given the time it takes to load and draw the screen (Windows XP,
1 gig memory, 1.6Ghz processor).  My current class is on the books of Daniel
and Revelation, and the pdf's are now at 5 megs, for about 13 pages.
 Because I used more illustrations than normal, that seems to be about the
practical limit, and for the next lesson I'll have to break things up. That
said, I love Scribus.  I have InDesign, which unfortunately is completely
opaque to me, although I've produced a few marketing materials with it.  I
have to admit that my design talents really leave something to be desired,
but I certainly enjoy the production process in Scribus. It's got just about
everything I could imagine wanting.Steve B.

On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 5:25 PM, Bruce Griffis <bruce.griffis at gmail.com>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.
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