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Textbook for Learnng Scribus 1.4.3
« on: October 08, 2013, 07:26:18 am »
I'm looking to switch to Scribus from InDesign for book design and layout. Anyone care to discuss their experience, particularly pitfalls, in using Scribus for making books--lengthy books 200, 300, 400, and more, pages? Also is there a good reference book--really, more like a textbook, with exercise and projects--in English for Scribus 1.4.3?

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Stephen Tiano
Freelance Book Designer, Page Compositor & Layout Artist


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Re: Textbook for Learnng Scribus 1.4.3
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2013, 02:58:26 pm »
Stephen, have you looked at the Scribus Wiki: ?

There's a Scribus books page: which is probably a little out of date but it's a jumping off point for further research.

There's also this page: where you can see links to Success Stories where some people have included good descriptions of how they went about things.

Also, someone has uploaded a keyset from InDesign CS6 here:,1021.0.html which might help you in the transition phase.

I wish you the best of luck in moving to Scribus.


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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2013, 03:26:28 pm »
Hi, I'm an oldy (74), I'v been using Scribus for the past 2 years or so and found that I haven't needed a text book to get me going. You obviously have a background in laying out books it only needs an adaption.

Just remember that every thing you do work withing boxes, even the page numbers. The largest book I have done was a 200 page book.

But at present I am laying out music!! Using a music score writer then converting it into a photo (png) and then pasting it A4 pages in Scribus 1.4.2.

I have only needed the forum, which has served me well.

Hop this give's you some help and encouragement.

Wena D. Parry
South Wales, U.K. 


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Re: Textbook for Learnng Scribus 1.4.3
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2013, 09:07:43 pm »
My thanks to you both, Garry and Wena. I think the beginner 's book and perhaps one of the reference books will help me get started. After 20 years of working in Quark and InDesign, I'm sure the book design part will be no problem. I just want to hit the ground running with Scribus itself and how one uses its features.



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Re: Textbook for Learnng Scribus 1.4.3
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 10:44:11 am »
I used ID next QuarkXPress, and I'll tell that Scribus is similar and simple program, so I don't expect any problems for person which go from ID, Quark to Scribus.
I noticed that free programs today are very good and may be substituted for big professional programs.
However, the big manufacturers do not see it yet. Gimp, Krita, Pixelmator, Inkscape, Karbon, Ghostscript, psnup, Scribus, Vectorian Giotto, imagemagic, sk1, Kdenlive etc for person which know this tools very good, expensive programs are not necessary. Perhaps some people will be quit from for example subscription, and will elect programs like Scribus, Krita etc.