[scribus] Editing a book, any hints or gothchas?

Mary Moore tennesseelady21 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 12:53:20 UTC 2015

Hi Fredrik,

I have completed 3 novels and 2 children's books using scribus.  I
generally add one chapter at a time to one scribus file. I like to do one
chapter at a time so that if there are any formatting issues I can fix them
by chapter, rather than the whole book. I have had no problem with adding
my chapters into one file.
For my covers I use Gimp.

You are welcome to visit my website www.thenorthpolepress.com to look at
the books I have published.

Good Luck,

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 6:39 AM, Fredrik Jonson <fredrik at jonson.org> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I've just begun editing a book in scribus, and I have a few questions.
> The book will have a soft cover and contain about 250 pages, mostly text.
> There will be a few images, probably greyscale inline in the text chaptes,
> and a separate color image section in the middle or end of the book.
> Each chapter is 10 - 30 pages. I've seen advice on the list that some
> people
> keep each chapter in a separate scribus document for performance reasons.
> But is that really necessary? If I use contemporary hardware, does scribus
> still have a hard time with < 300 pages mostly text?
> I'd like to use footnotes in each chapter, and afaiu it is available in
> 1.5,
> which isn't released yet. I'm on 1.4.4 on Ubuntu. What is your advice?
> Should I try to install 1.5, and if so, what is the best way to do that on
> Ubuntu 14.04?  (I don't mind a few bugs, so the fact that it isn't released
> yet doesn't scare me too much. Beta quality is definitively ok, pre-alpha,
> perhaps not so much. But I'm willing to give it a go. :) What are the
> alternatives if I'm stuck on 1.4.4. Any examples of manual footnote
> handling, etc?
> In the best of worlds, I'd like to automatically import footnotes from ODT
> libreoffice documents. That'd be awesome. :)
> Is there any way to automatically add text frames that fills the page
> margin
> when you add pages? Right now I'm copy/pasting a blank text frame as I go
> when I add pages, but that's a bit tedious and error prone.
> The search/replace in the story editor is great. I get scripts that have
> titles prefixed with H1, H2, etc, so it is easy to map that to the styles
> I've edited and remove the prefix from the text in one go. Now, as a I have
> many chapters, I wonder if I can script that, rather than do it manually?
> Does the python script api contain any functions similar to the story
> editor
> search/replace. I like that the script language in scribus is python btw,
> yay!
> Is there any way to remove the "Default character style" and "Default
> paragraph style"? I just want the styles I'm actually using, to reduce
> editing mistakes.
> BTW, the style editor is a bit funky, it doesn't always update when values
> are changed, and sometimes values like selected font, and style inheritance
> seems to get lost while editing and switching between tabs. But I guess
> these are known bugs for 1.4.4?
> Oh, and in general, what is the common way to work with cover pages? Do
> I maintain that as a separate document?
> Guess that's it for now. Thanks for a great piece of software, and thanks
> in advance for any comments.
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> Fredrik Jonson
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