[scribus] Easiest way to insert text.

John Ghormley KJ4UFG kj4ufg at sera.org
Thu Jun 2 20:40:35 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 1:03 PM, John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net>wrote:

> On Thu, 2 Jun 2011 11:59:55 -0400
> John Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com> dijo:
> >I am about to compose a book of about 50 pages with lots of illos. I
> >have already discovered that if I create a text file and read it in
> >each line becomes a paragraph which is a pain. So now I have three
> >choices:
> >1. key in Open Office Writer and import the odt file,
> >2. Key in the story editor.
> >3. key directly in the first frame.
> OOo is generally a better tool for writing and typing than the Story
> Editor or directly in the frame. That is because it has
> auto-completion, automatic spell checking, and a host of other features
> that are lacking in Scribus. The only downside is that the import
> filter in Scribus can't do character styles, and even importing with
> paragraph styles strikes me as kind of clunky.
> The only advantage to the Story Editor is that you can apply styles
> directly in Scribus, so you eliminate the import issues.
> Typing directly in the frame works the best because it will be WYSIWIG
> and you can still apply styles and other formatting directly in
> Scribus. However, if your text is going to stretch over multiple linked
> frames the cursor won't automatically go from one frame to the next.
> I'd do it in OOo because typing is what it was designed for. Then
> import or copy/paste into the frame in Scribus, and do the final
> adjustments in canvas view.
I am faced with importing from OOo or LibreOffice, s well as Word,
frequently.  I cannot find a really good way to import these files.  When
importing the open source file formats, the paragraph style identifiers make
little sense to me and they add to my list of styles an extraneous group of
styles that are only useful for the article they are associated with.  Copy
and paste into the story editor seems to work reasonably well except that I
must then define the desired paragraph styles in the article using the Story
Editor.  This, method, of course, ignores all the character styles in the
source article.  This isn't such a big deal for some of my writers, but for
others, especially those who incorporate formulas in their articles, it
becomes a tedious process.  However, neither of the other two methods you
list, Mr Culleton, seem to provide a good solution either.  So. I have
resigned myself to copy and paste from all the various word processors into
the Story Editor, usually, though for some smaller articles, I will paste
directly onto the canvas in the frame.

Frankly, which word processor format to use, again IMO, is pretty much moot,
when considering how to import into Scribus.  I encourage my writers to use
whatever word processor they are comfortable with and I'll handle how their
submission gets into the DTP application I choose.

I think the general consensus is that the Story Editor in Scribus should go
by the wayside, but that, IMO, is a big mistake.  The Story Editor is still
very useful to some of us who use repetitious paragraph styles as in a
magazine format.
John Ghormley  KJ4UFG
Editor, SERA *Repeater Journal*
Walkertown, NC  USA
editor at sera.org
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