[scribus] Creating multi- page magazine

John Ghormley KJ4UFG kj4ufg at sera.org
Thu Oct 4 15:48:23 UTC 2012

On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 8:35 AM, Peter Nermander <peter at nermander.se> wrote:

> > An editor creates plain text with no layout, hyphenation, or the
> > things you describe above. My favorite editor is gvim, part of
> That might be fine if the text is mostly text.
> But it won't work good if the text for example contains a lot of words
> emphasized with italics or, as a lot of texts I work with, there are
> "defined terms" that need to be written in small caps (a common
> practice in international standards and some kinds of legal texts).
> /Peter
Possibly, there are reasons to compose a writing work in frame but I
suspect those reasons might include short, single page works as opposed to
multi-page writings such as one might find in a magazine or book.  Writing
for either magazines, books, or similar presentations would seem to be best
done in a text editor or even a word processor.  I can understand Greg's
point of using a text editor as importing into a frame is likely easier
than when the work was written in a word processor, even if it is Libre
Office in an .odt format.

But, Peter, your statement that it "... might be fine if the text is mostly
text." seems a bit absurd.  Text is text.  What I think you may have meant
is if the text one writes is embellished quite a lot by bolding, italics,
font size adjustments, etc., then it is easier done in Scribus.  However,
the difference is not really the text embellishments, but the length of the
text.  Longer writings are best done outside of Scribus and imported into
it after the work is accomplished.  Now, if the work to be done is a
simple, single page layout, I will often compose in Scribus, as well.

After importing a long work, despite what we might like, the person editing
the work, must apply whatever embellishments or adjustments are required to
make the text look like a it should for final presentation.  In long
writings, that may be considerable work but it is the work of the editor
even if the writing, as happens often in my case, was done by me to begin
with.  But, having tried it both ways on longer writings, I much prefer
Greg's recommendation and then make the necessary adjustments either in
frame or with the Story Editor.

John Ghormley  KJ4UFG
Editor, SERA *Repeater Journal*
Walkertown, NC  USA
editor at sera.org
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