[scribus] from raymond mcinnis

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Sat Apr 30 12:36:01 UTC 2011

On Friday, April 29, 2011 06:18:50 pm Ray McInnis wrote:
> hello:
> a newbie to scribus, i am having some success, and some 
> basically blundering my way.
> (the mail should bring schaefer's manual today.)
> i work in both linux and windows, -- and this is one of my 
blunders, out
> which i was extracted by a friend -- and made the mistake of 
> scribus 1.4 (still in beta).
> i have three questions:
> 1) with scribus 1.3, how do you paste a whole odt file into a 
> file, and, page by page,  have the the entire file distributed 
> 2) where do you find out the functions of the commands p30, 
p31, etc?
> 3) where do you find recommended page formatting settings?
> sincerely
> raymond mcinnis
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First, welcome. Second, Scribus 1.4.0 RC3 is pretty much what 
Scribus 1.4.0 will be when it is released. The managers of Scribus 
are very conservative. When the last bug is found and squashed 
they will redesignate the release to stable. But it is usable now. 

The series designated 1.3.3.? is pretty obsolete now but that is 
what is  described in the Pittman, Schaefer et al. Manual.  The 
series 1.3.3.x was succeeded by a development series 1.3.5 
through 1.3.9, which is well described in a newer book by Cedric 
Gemy called "Scribus 1.3.5".  This book is more tutorial in nature 
The 1.3.5 etc.  development series ended up as the new stable 
version 1.4.0 which is in the release candidate stage now.  

Any version you are likely to have will do useful work. But the later 
versions will have more features and will be easier to use. 

When you fire up Scribus you first get a document description 
screen which has default settings. This may or may not suit what 
you usually use. When starting with a new install of e.g. 1.4.0 I 
cancel that screen and go to the menu item File-> Preferences.
There I set the default document size to letter (I am in the U.S.),
 the default color palette to Scribus Open Office CMYK and so on. 

Then I use menu item File-> New which takes me back to that 
document description screen. I can set margins, number of pages 
expected and so on. If I have a multipage document with lots of 
text I also click on Automatic Text Frames which will put a text 
frame on each page. Thus you can flow in your entire odt file as 
described by Owen. 

Experiment with the program, read the books and have fun. 

John Culleton
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