[scribus] Todos and workflow tool for small team DTP

JLuc jluc at no-log.org
Tue Sep 16 07:15:10 UTC 2014

Peter Normander wrote :
 > I ended up settings up a proof of concept system with Trac.

I know trac as a user so i had a closer look at the documentation

I was surprised there is only one plugin :
it looks like there has been little customisation untill now.

Nice to think of using the wiki or the tickets as text files.
I would not intend to export to scribus,
except maybe very basic layouts.
Handwork with scribus is OK.

It was interesting to discover how to edit trac's workflow
Customisation is a bit complex (not GUI based) but it is elaborate
and would perfectly fit the needs.

Python and Open Source would make it possible to tweak trac
so as to fit other needs also.
For example : have "character count" or "page count" or "dedicated time" columns
for each created issue/article/chapter
or for each comment added to each issue/article/chapter.
It would then be possible do sum up the times
and provide a more global view for an article or chapter.

However, I'm not sure i have the time for these tweaks !
I'm no python expert, and as for now i'm looking for ready made tools,
with GUI only based setups.

(In case i could take the time to go into code and,
i would probably choose SPIP because i'm used to this php framework
SPIP includes texts management, rights managements,
and it got a 'ticket' plugin as a base for an edit workflow management.)

 >> Do you use some tools to manage your edit workflows ?

Thanks a lot for sharing !


> Not currently, but I have previously been looking into some simple tools.
> My idea was to keep it simple, web based and try to stick to something I
> knew pretty well already.
> I ended up settings up a proof of concept system with Trac.
> Trac is a combined project management and wiki software, where you can
> design your own workflows. My idea was that text could be written with trac
> wiki formatting. Trac wiki formatting can be used both in wiki pages (in
> that case each article would have its own wiki page, linked from a workflow
> ticket) or directly in a workflow ticket field (for smaller articles). Trac
> allows for custom fields in the tickets.
> Trac has support for "roles" to use for permissions (and to have
> permissions change according to the workflow).
> The only think my proof of concept lacked was an import filter to import
> trac wiki formatted text into Scribus.
> Oh, right, also I used a separate solution for images, I used Gallery. The
> disadvatage was that the version of trac I used had its own user database
> and no support for external integration. But I think newer versions of trac
> can integrate with for example Gallery.
> Now, this was a couple of years ago and I had really no idea what to look
> for, so take this as a "view of a different way to do things":)
> /Peter
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