Scribus hands on

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This article is part of the HOWTOs series.
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"""Work in progress: this document is still only a draft!"""

This document will tell you, how to do your first steps with Scribus without teaching you, how to use Scribus or how to do DTP.

It is not a brilliant idea to go this way: you should really read one of the several tutorials before starting to work with Scribus:

Having read our book (very soon available) will certainly enhance your karma!

You have been warned: Reading this document will help you putting a document together, but it won't really help you to do a good job.

Last check before we start: what version are you using? Well, if you're beginning with Scribus, you really should be susing the

Creating a new document

When creating a new document, you get a dialog where you can set the size of the pages (most of the time A4 or Letter) and its orientation (portrait or landscape), the default measurement unit for the document (normally cm, inch or pt), the margin around the content, and the number of pages you want to create.

You can still change those values after having created the document:

  • You can modifiy the size of the page, its orientation and the margins in the "Format/Page" menu. Each page may have different settings.
  • You can change the unit in the status bar.
  • You can add pages with "Insert/Page" and manage them through "??/???"

The Scribus Workspace

You have for ways to interact with Scribus:

  • All actions can be performed using the Menus at the top
  • The Toolbar below the Menus gives you a faster access to some key functions
  • Right-clicking on the objects on the Canvas will give you access to those functions which are most relevant to that contest.
  • The Properties Palette is your cockpit when managing the content. Different type of content may have different Tabs active.
  • The Status bar will give you feedback over your actions and lets you set some general settings.

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Adding content

  • create text and picture frames
  • filling and editing text frames
  • concateanting text frames
  • filling picture frames
  • inline pictures
  • adding page numbers to the master page
  • You can align the frames using the guides ("Format/Guides" and "View/Guides") or the "Window/Distribute and Align" tool.

Producing the document

  • printing (if it fails go through exporting to pdf)
  • exporting to pdf
  • collecting the document

What will be difficult to do

  • Lists: they have to be "manually" created (How to create lists in_Scribus).
  • mathematical formulas: you can import them as eps vector graphics.
  • imposition (a booklet): you will have to external tools ().
  • tables: there is only a very basic support (Building Tables).

What you won't be able to do

  • footnotes
  • index
  • edit pdfs