[scribus] Using Scribus for novels and short stories

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 7 15:45:32 CET 2011

On 01/06/2011 06:11 PM, Rod L wrote:
> John Culleton a écrit :
>> On Thursday 06 January 2011 09:38:14 LORN MACINTYRE wrote:
>>> Dear Jean-Louis,
>>> Thanks for this advice about LaTex being preferable to Scribus for
>>> my purposes. How does the transfer from Word XP work?
> Have a look at :
> http://writer2latex.sourceforge.net/index.html

Based on past experiences with something-to-LaTeX tranformations, I have 
misgivings about the quality of the results.

If it's "easy", you have the utility making all sorts of decisions about 
how to transform your word processor document into LaTeX. so you have to 
do a very careful proofreading to make sure you like all the decisions 
made. The whole point of using either LaTeX or Scribus for a printed 
book is to have a professional product at the end, not something that's 
"good enough". If good enough was good enough you might as well just 
make the PDF directly from Word or OpenOffice.org.

Even if the transformation to LaTeX works pretty well, the LaTeX is 
typically unnecessarily complicated, so that if you do want to edit it, 
it can be something of a nightmare.

So the easy way isn't always so easy (or a good idea).


More information about the scribus mailing list