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General Discussion / Re: Need Honest Opinion
« Last post by GarryP on June 10, 2017, 11:57:59 am »
Welcome to the forum Guyon.

I'll try and answer your questions from the information you have given:

1. It doesn't sound like Scribus fits into your workflow. If, as you say, your book is primarily words with no - or very few - images then you probably don't need a desktop publishing application. A word processor will probably be just fine and you will also get proper table of contents functionality - among other things.

My personal preference for a word processor would be LibreOffice: (OpenOffice is much the same thing.) If you already own Word then use that but LibreOffice is easily a good enough free alternative for most people.

Scribus can handle books that are mostly words, and will probably give you better/easier control over the typography than a word processor, but it really depends on what you want. There is no specific answer to a general question.

2. How good Scribus is compared to something like Quark is a difficult question to answer. It's a bit like saying, "How good is a Ferrari compared to a Rolls Royce?" They both basically do the same thing but they're built differently to do things in different ways.

Basically if your budget is $0 then you have no real choice other than to use Scribus (unless you're into software piracy). If you don't need all the extra bells and whistles of the commercial products then Scribus is still a good choice. If you need all of the extra features that the commercial products give then you should invest in one of those. Either way you're going to have a learning curve, so have a good think about what you actually need and see which product can give you what you want. Only you know what you want so I can't really give much more advice on that without knowing all of the specific details.

3. I normally don't get things printed so I can't vouch for the colour side of things but the output from Scribus should be as good as with any other software, and maybe better than some. Certainly, I've not heard of any nightmare stories from users in that area.

Have a look here for many examples of things created using Scribus. If you want something like these then Scribus can make it.

4(?). I'm not really sure what you mean about creating pictures. It depends on what sort of pictures you're creating and how you will use them. If you're already using things like Corel, Photoshop and Affinity then you can just use those to create whatever picture you want without needing a DTP application.


From what you have said it doesn't sound like you need DTP at the moment. However, if you are looking at making this sort of thing into a business then you might want to look at DTP with an eye to the future. Which DTP application depends on so many variables that it's impossible to give good advice without much more detailed information.

I hope this helps.
General Discussion / Re: Need Honest Opinion
« Last post by utnik on June 10, 2017, 11:43:51 am »
hi guyon

scribus is meant to arrange things out of other programs to a final layout and export high quality print files – it's up to you, to decide if you need it…
i don't know how good quark xpress is today – i used it in the last century…
the color management of scribus is excellent. (but for best results you need to calibrate your monitor, otherwise you're flying blind with every program…)

General Discussion / Need Honest Opinion
« Last post by Guyon on June 10, 2017, 02:00:56 am »
I am in the process of writing a book, and working on turning it into a business, and not sure where a desk publishing package will actually fit in. Since the book is all words I suppose a Word or Open office would be the best solution for that.
I will be making very few web flyers like graphics but have been using  Corel Draw, and Pantshop pro, Affinity Photo. Affinity Draw.

So here are my fre questions:

1 Where will Scribus fit in to my workflow.  Do I need it?  For what?

2 Honestly how good is Scribus compared to something like Quark?  Really.

3a How good are the colors in Scribus to send posters to the printer vs my Corel Draw?

Should I create my pictures in a photo program and load them into a Desktop publishing program for just print?

Thank for your input. before I DL and do the learning curve.
I think those only work if they are present in the currently used font.
Layout Issues / Re: Stroke around Image Frame
« Last post by lwhistler on June 09, 2017, 07:17:29 am »
OK thanks ..... It's working as expected.  :)

Layout Issues / Re: Stroke around Image Frame
« Last post by utnik on June 09, 2017, 07:03:32 am »
try 'properties' → 'colors' → 'line color' for the color – and  'properties' → 'line' for the line width.

Layout Issues / Stroke around Image Frame
« Last post by lwhistler on June 09, 2017, 04:55:51 am »
How do I add a stroke/border to an Image Frame? I would like my images to have a black border about 1/8 inch wide. I assumed in the Properties dialog box an option would be to:

Add Stroke.
Color of stroke .
Thickness of stroke.

But that is not the case.
Text and Typography / Re: [Resolved] Mysterious newline character
« Last post by jtheurkauf on June 09, 2017, 01:38:30 am »
I ran into this as well, but I found an easy workaround. I have a font that is PERFECT, (except that it isn't  because of this)  I didn't want to find another wonderful Celtic font, so what I ended up doing was to just change the font of the newline character to Arial, and it was gone.
Beginner Talk / Re: Color management
« Last post by a.l.e on June 08, 2017, 05:55:39 pm »
just a guess: you might not have any icc profiles on your computer...
Beginner Talk / Re: Color management
« Last post by Ruud on June 08, 2017, 05:45:45 pm »
more info /R
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