[scribus] from raymond mcinnis

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Sat Apr 30 13:36:44 UTC 2011

On Saturday, April 30, 2011 09:09:36 am Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 04/29/2011 06:18 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 
> Hi Ray. The first thing to say is that you have a lot of reading to 
> and it's good that you've ordered the manual. Scribus, like most 
> programs, works in a frames environment. The page you see 
when you start
> a document is just a virtual space to work in. The actual content,
> whether it's text, images, some sort of graphic, is in a container
> called a frame. You make a text frame for text, image frame for 
> image. If you want an image in the midst of text, you will need 
an image
> frame superimposed on a text frame.
> Because of this frames structure and all the variables such as 
> size, linespacing, and so on, a page of an ODT file may or may 
> correspond to a single page-sized text frame. One thing worth 
> is that when you start a document, the dialog that pops up will 
let you
> create a number of pages, and also automatic text frames. If you 
> a number of pages, these frames will automatically be linked, so 
that if
> you load your ODT file into the first page's text frame it will
> automatically flow into the next page's frame, and if you need to 
> more pages later, these too will automatically have text frames 
and be
> linked to the previous page's text frame (if you have selected 
> frames at the beginning).
> While you wait for your manual to arrive, check out the online 
> inside of Scribus (F1 > Documentation), which has a less verbose 
> less complete collection that should help you get started. The 
> Scribus Basics should be particularly helpful. There is also the 
> wiki, but I think this will likely be more helpful after you've 
> some basic sense of Scribus.
> > 2) where do you find out the functions of the commands p30, 
p31, etc?
> Not sure what you mean -- I'm not aware of such commands. 
Where are you
> seeing this?
> > 3) where do you find recommended page formatting settings?
> When you start Scribus or click to start a new document, you get 
> dialog with your default settings, which should be A4 paper, units 
> points, a single page, no automatic frames, and the default 
margins. You
> can change these settings each time you make a new document, 
but you can
> also reset the defaults to whatever you would like, under File >
> Preferences > Document, but of course there are numerous other 
> you can change under Preferences.
> Greg

When changing the defaults just make sure there is no document 
open. That will make them carry forward from document to 
document.  If there is a document open the changes will affect only 
that document. 
John Culleton
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