Post by PostmasterGS on Apr 28, 2017 8:32:49 GMT -5
I briefly tried using Scribus when I was forced to stop using Publisher due to an operating system change, but there were a few design elements that I found to be very frustrating and not very user friendly. The earlier versions were particularly bad in their user interface. They've since fixed some of those issues, but I'm committed to InDesign at this point.
tobben63, Good Luck. I don't know how comfortable you are with computer programs but all I can say is just be patient with yourself. As with all designing programs there is a little bit of a learning curve involved. My biggest hurdle with Scribus was the fact that instead of just working with text you are working with "boxes" and then setting up the properties for each box. And the I find the Scribus community is not the most forthcoming with information. but, like PostmasterGS has made, there are a few decent YouTube Videos that are helpful.
I have, on hobby basic done some quark/pagemaker, but not much. But my better half is a graphical designer and work with illustater every day. I might get some help from her. But maybe I first of all should rebuild my study (stamp room)
Last Edit: Mar 26, 2018 8:12:18 GMT -5 by tobben63
Post by PostmasterGS on Mar 26, 2018 9:01:11 GMT -5
tobben63, if you have any questions as you go, don't hesitate to ask.
angore, I know what you mean about 1.5.3. I was building a version of the plugin that worked with 1.5, and it was, in many ways, a significant improvement over the 1.4 versions. However, there were bugs in 1.5 that caused errors in the spacing calculations and a few other placement issues, largely defeating the purpose of the script. It's been a year since I looked at it, though, so I should try again and see if the same issues are still present in 1.5.3.
I have not seen any real issues with 1.5.3 such as spacing. It has been very stable compared to builds a while back. The one item that is not consistent is when you want the text frame to adjust to text. It works sometimes.
This version gives you the ability to generate a muti-row, multi-column set layout in one run, like this:
Also, in the past, the script could only be used with v1.4.x of Scribus, as the v1.5.x releases had some showstopping bugs. It appears as if most of those have been fixed as of Scribus v1.5.4. I haven't fully tested it since I don't use Scribus that much, but feel free to give it a try.
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