[Scribus] Congratulations and initial comments...
Sun Sep 23 12:50:56 CEST 2007
First I'd like to congratulate everybody involved with Scribus. Over
the years I've spent a fair bit of money on DTP software and have been
dismayed by the number of severe bugs and the reluctance to fix them.
I'm also delighted that it's cross platform so we now have a migration
path to Linux.
I'm pleased to say that Scribus seems no more idiosyncratic than other
packages, and as yet, preparing two mid length documents, I haven't
found any significant bugs !
Having now had a decent initial play with the software, there are two
things that for me would really make Scribus complete.
The first is the ability to embed images within .sla files. At the
moment, if I move a document, it seems to loose all the links to
pictures as though relative paths were used to locate them. While I
accept the principle that a lot of disk space can be saved by referring
to pictures elsewhere in the file system, this can be a nuisance when
projects are being developed on multiple machines over multiple sites.
For me at least, using the .sla files as a container that includes all a
documents images would be a huge benefit.
The other thing that would be really great would be checking spelling as
you type.I did some searching in the archives, and I appreciate that a
view has been taken that the normal work flow will be develop a document
in something like Open Office, then import the text to Scribus. While
I'm sure this can work well, and is perceived by some as the
'ideologically sound' approach, it takes little account of of document
development and rework.
For myself, I tend to develop documents in the DTP environment, laying
out a 'storyboard' of pictures, then entering text around them,
adjusting the layout as the art and text coalesce. For me, 'spell check
as you type' would be a huge benefit. Even if the purists think I'm
doing it all wrong, it works brilliantly for me !
Are either of these changes planned ?
Many thanks, J/.
John Beardmore, MSc EDM (Open), B.A. Chem (Oxon), CMIOSH, AIEMA, MEI.
Managing Director, T4 Sustainability Limited. http://www.T4sLtd.co.uk/
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