[scribus] Questions

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Fri Dec 9 15:05:07 UTC 2016

On 12/09/2016 09:41 AM, mbehrens at charter.net wrote:
> Hi,
> I am currently using MS Publisher 2007 to create a family tree book.
> My book now has over 1200 pages of material much of it with
> photos/pictures. After making some changes to bring in higher
> resolutions pictures the file will no longer convert to a pdf.
> Will this software accept a publisher file to work with, open, convert
> to pdf?
> Is this software compatible with Word documents?
> I looked at your download files and am not sure which one to use with
> Windows 10. Which one is it?
> Tried to open a tutorial file and I didn't have anything that would
> read the file format, is there something I need to open your files or
> just the scribus program itself?
> Hope you can help, just trying to find a suitable, easy to use
> alternative to publisher even if I can't save the book I've already
> built.

There is in the 1.5.x versions (developmental) an ability to import
MSpub files. I haven't tested this, but your 1.5.x has had to have been
compiled with the necessary libraries to do this.

Scribus can import Word documents, BUT formatting will be lost, so just
the text is imported. What is recommended there is to use LibreOffice to
take the Word document and convert to ODT format so that Scribus can
then import styles.

For Scribus, 1200 pages, especially with pictures, would likely need to
be broken up into smaller files, creating smaller PDFs, then stitching
them together to one big PDF. There are various utilities to do that.


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