[scribus] Gimp etc.

John Culleton John at wexfordpress.com
Sat May 30 18:43:13 UTC 2015

The way I use Gimp and other tools is by
creating files and then importing them into
another program. For example on my current
project the file from my customer was a pdf of an
older version of his book. with type blue in
color. To get a file with black text and change
the running heads to the new title I burst the
pdf file into individual pages using pdftk. Then I
imported each page pdf into gimp and used
gimp tools to clip the edges and change the
text color to black.This is easy in gimp. I saved
this page file as a pdf file. If the file needed
further editing such as fancy artwork I did
this in scribus and again saved as pdf. I
reassembled the pages into a single pdf via the
Context version of TeX (Scribus can't handle large
numbers of pages in a single file at reasonable
speed yet). 

This is the 'nix way of doing work. Trying to
write code to move data in a special format from
one program to another via subprogram calls is too
much work. Exporting a file from one program and
importing it into another using a standardized file layout
like pdf or svg or in some cases plain ASCII text
simplifies the workflow and puts less burden on
each program. 

John Culleton
Wexford Press
Book layout, typesetting and Indexing
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