[scribus] Problem...

john Culleton John at wexfordpress.com
Mon Oct 3 21:08:30 UTC 2011

On Sat, 1 Oct 2011 13:00:31 -0600
Mike Sleger <chappa-ai at q.com> wrote:

> > You guys are all saying that NEW users should download the 1.4RC5
> > to start with, but there is no tutorial based on that version while
> > there is a tutorial based on the version.  I, being a
> > brand new user, find that I need both versions, because if I don't
> > find the elements mentioned in the tutorial where it says they are,
> > then I am lost.
> > 
> > It is, after all, the NEW user who has the most need for a tutorial.
> Honestly, in my experience, the quickest way to find out how to do
> something (or whether it's even supported at all) is Google.  I've
> never even used the Scribus tutorial.

There is a very old tutorial dating back before even 1.3.3.x. It gives
you the basics but it is hard to work with when using more recent
versions. I no longer consult it.

 There is also a tutorial book by Cedric Gemy "Scribus 1.3.5 Beginners
 Guide". That is much closer to what is in use today. It is not as
 complete however as the older "Scribus The Official Manual" by
 Pittman, Schaefer et al. which is based on

For real work I use my nightly download of 1.4.0 svn or as I like to
call it rc5 plus. Thus far it hasn't let me down, and if I do
have a problem I can expect expert help on it. 

There is a tutorial on making a 3 fold brochure based on 1.3.5:

There are also some video tutorials. 

My only goal in all this conversation is to steer newcomers away from
1.3.3.x series which is significantly different than what most of us
are using today. The series 1.3.5 through 1.3.9 were aimed at
developing a new Scribus to be called 1.4.0. The interface should be
similar from 1.3.5 through 1.4.0x. The file format is also similar
throughout this series. 

It may be useful to keep in mind three different .sla file formats:
Format A: 1.3.3 series
Format B: 1.3.5--1.4.0.
Format C: 1.5.0 et seq.

You can upgrade from one format to the next, but not retreat to an
earlier format. 


John Culleton 

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