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Old 7th July 2013, 04:57 PM
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Can I kickstart this sub-forum by suggesting Scribus


I have not done a lot with Scribus yet, but for publishing it looks good and yes, it is open source..
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Old 7th July 2013, 05:01 PM
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Re: Scribus

I have not used Scribus before, but it is used typically used for Typesetting - correct?

At least, that's been the impression I usually get.
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Old 7th July 2013, 05:11 PM
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Re: Scribus

Yes, although typesetting in the traditional way: (see link)

Has now pretty much given way to desktop publishing, Scribus is open source desktop publishing.
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Old 2nd September 2013, 06:38 PM
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Re: Scribus

The lines between "desktop publishing", "word processing", and "typesetting" seem kind of blurred to me. Modern office suites like LibreOffice should probably be considered desktop publishing software. Typesetting software like LaTeX, troff, and Lout have the same layout capabilities as programs like Scribus, but they just lack the WYSIWYG interface (which seems to be a requirement to be "desktop publishing"). So in that sense something like LyX comes a bit closer.

In my opinion the distinctions are not that important, since in all cases the output is similar. The user interface seems more a matter of taste than anything.
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Old 2nd September 2013, 09:38 PM
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Re: Scribus

Word-processors, (hard-copy) document-processors, slide-show software, desktop publishers, and high-end general-purpose drawing software are essentially all targeted uses of a layout and typesetting engine, with interactive features as necessary. Back when I still used GUI office software regularly (I avoid them for LaTeX and ConTeXt these days), it always baffled me why there had to be arbitrary limits on the capabilities of the typesetting in a slide versus a word-processed document, or or why the layout features of the word-processor were so tedious. I can understand different interfaces, but a common engine in an office suite just seems sensible to me. Why have a distinction between a text frame and an embedded word-processor frame etc. I don’t know how things are now with LibreOffice.

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Old 23rd February 2016, 10:30 AM
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Re: Scribus

Scribus beta 1.5svn is really coming along well.

It won't be long now until it becomes a strong competitor against InDesign.
  1. A new Picture Browser makes importing images easieer (scale to image frame).
  2. More colour palettes included.
  3. PDF X/3 & 4
  4. Interface cleaned up
  5. A Properties Panel (on the right side) like in LibreOffice.
  6. A much improved Table creation tool, although not as refined as Indesign.
  7. Much easier to do Pagination. It should not be rocket since to paginate a document.
  8. Support for importing MS Publisher and a few other file formats, including IDML.
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