[scribus] What kind of file can I edit in Scibus

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Wed Nov 24 04:24:02 CET 2010

On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 20:52:21 -0500
Michael P <pancoma at gmail.com> dijo:

>Hi there. I'm brand new to Both Scribus and desktop publishing. (so
>I apologize for the newbie Questions)
>My question/ situation is this: I have a newsletter layout thats
>essentially ready for printing in a MS .pub file format. I got reading
>as far as finding out Scribus doesn't, and likely will never be
>compatible with these files, however, Ive found some nifty online file
>converters which as far as I can see, work pretty good with perhaps no
>big strings attached.
>I managed to convert it to a number of different formats, including
>Open office draw and even a .tiff file. Still though Scribus doesn't
>seem to want to open either of the files. I'm sure I'm not doing this
>Essentially I would like to make these files editable in Scribus and
>save them in a format that they can be continually edited and updated
>using Scribus so that we no longer have to worry about proprietary
>software (like MS pub.)
>All I really need to edit in the files are some text (updating a few
>dates) as well as perhaps adding or moving an image or two. Any
>suggestions would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime Ill start by
>checking out some tutorials and getting started with what looks to be
>a very powerful (a bit intimidating) program.
>Thanks again

First, welcome to Scribus!

You didn't mention what version of Scribus you are using or what
platform you are using it on. That will help in getting accurate
answers to questions.

You also didn't say how big the existing document is. If it is small (a
few pages) I have found that it is easier just to recreate it in
Scribus, especially if I have the original created in some other
program. I can always copy and paste the text in from the other
program, and I can re-insert the graphics. Conversion to other formats
usually requires so much cleanup that it is no more work just to do it

Regarding the formats you converted to, I have never had a TIFF that
Scribus would not open, but there are lots of variations in the TIFF
format. Also, a TIFF file will not be editable, as it is a raster
image, so maybe TIFF is not what you want. If you got it into OOo Draw,
is the text still editable? Graphics intact? Then try to save it as an
EPS and import the EPS into Scribus.

Learning Scribus will take a while. I usually find that I learn a
program best by creating small projects at the beginning. This gives me
a sense of accomplishment, and it also ensures that I will learn the
parts of the program that are most important to me first.

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