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KevK:
Hi Friends. I don't know if this already exists, or otherwise, why it does not:

Templates, just some standard templates. I'm five cards short of a deck, and I don't want to spend my time tech-supporting myself as athletically as I can, I just want to do the Scribing part. Also I'm a whiner, FYI. (hooray, USA!)  What I'm looking for is what seems to be such a basic format that it must be somewhere?

A Basic Book Template:
- Table of Contents
- Chapters
- Page Numbers
- Footnotes / Endnotes
- All Dynamically Linked

I LOVE SCRIBUS ! ! ! ! !

But seriously, is the deal "figure a TOC out yourself, even though it's the exact same basic format every single time? (whiner, American). If someone could please direct-or-provide such a file with these book essentials set up and functional, I would be SO grateful. And even if you are truly Kind, I suggest you contact me at my e address, since I'm a small tipper, but a tipper none the less. slide47b@gmail.com

Thank You for any help. Take Care. Be Safe. Brush At Least Twice a Day.

a.l.e:
a/ scribus does have a table of contents engine (it's imo crap but it's there)
b/ footnotes are there, but are not stable yet (there is some work going on to improve them)
c/ page number and chapters are there
d/ all dynamically linked: you can do  that... if you really want.

all in all, if you can manage to pull together a few of your tipping friends, i can provide you a real table of contents and instruction on how to manage the rest (except footnotes and endnotes).

stay distant
a.l.e

dragonfly:
Quite a number of authors seem to fall down in tackling the complexity of the Scribus GUI. I am going to suggest an idea that most of the writing can be done external to Scribus and then only in the closing stages consider importing into Scribus for final publication.

Authoring issues such as table of contents, footnotes, endnotes can be done externally. I use Atom as an editor but there is CherryTree and Scrivener also.

The main text can be written in markdown format and styled in different text blocks.

The markdown content can then be converted using pandoc .. https://pandoc.org/MANUAL.html .. with options for TOC and footnotes in manual examples.

The end product can be imported as PDF into Scribus.
https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Importing_PDF_files_as_Vector_Graphics

Additional effects can be added such as layers.

Just another way of working.

Nermander:

--- Quote from: dragonfly on June 17, 2020, 04:23:41 pm ---Quite a number of authors seem to fall down in tackling the complexity of the Scribus GUI. I am going to suggest an idea that most of the writing can be done external to Scribus and then only in the closing stages consider importing into Scribus for final publication.

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Exactly. Scribus is not an authoring software, it is a page layout software.

I think it is rather authors trying self publication without having proper education in page layout.

For me, typography and graphic layout is just a hobby, but I have still read at least half a dozen books on the topic and even found some teaching material (from university courses) online.

Having the tools doesnt automatically make you a professional:)

That was the even a problem when desktop publishing first came, everybody suddenly had access to the tools, but not the knowledge how to use them.

I really think a lot of people who are trying out Scribus would be able to manage as well with Open/Libre Office Writer.

KevK:
I spent over 10 years using Pagemaker, then QuarkXpress, then InDesign, professionally, way-back-when,
so I'm a retired and experienced former professional graphic designer in desktop publishing...

I was the guy that used to make old-days "hard" look easy. That's Soooo great for me, right? However...
NOW, I am simply trying to use Scribus for a quick book production instead of defaulting to buying InDesign.

Point Being: I don't want to NEED to blow time learning, technically, something that (from experience) I KNOW
could just be included as a starter template:
A File With A Working TOC.
That's it.
No cherries or atoms or programming or importing or ANY male cow turds. No "here's how to waste hours making one yourself."
Just a pre-working template, that's all.
I feel confident that once someone makes one, that file can be reused and modified instead of re-inventing that wheel.
Does anyone have such a file as a "here-you-go" answer?  If not, I don't believe it, because it means I'll be the first
to succeed at successfully creating a TOC in Scribus, and that doesn't sound right, does it? Just a template this simple:
-----
Chapter 1.....Page 1
Chapter 2.....Page 2
Chapter 3.....Page 3
-----
- with pages 1,2,3 following.
Then a person could just change, say, "Chapter 2" to "The Next One" and then add 7 pages to
that chapter, and then "Chapter 3" would of course automatically change Chapter 3's TOC page
number to 9.

I don't understand why such a file isn't simply available, and I don't want to "learn" right now,
I want to produce, then learn when I have time to do so.

If no one has one to share, maybe someone has one to sell? That's all I'm after for now.

Thank You.


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