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=Introduction=
 
=Introduction=
 
Anyone is invited to describe her/his experience with successfully using Scribus in her/his projects. Please note: to report any unusual reasons you use Scribus join the ongoing discussion [[Stupid reasons we use Scribus]]. There is also a special page for placing links to your work: [[Made with Scribus]]. If you want to recommend a Scribus and/or PDF friendly print shop, please use [[Scribus Friendly Print Shops]].
 
Anyone is invited to describe her/his experience with successfully using Scribus in her/his projects. Please note: to report any unusual reasons you use Scribus join the ongoing discussion [[Stupid reasons we use Scribus]]. There is also a special page for placing links to your work: [[Made with Scribus]]. If you want to recommend a Scribus and/or PDF friendly print shop, please use [[Scribus Friendly Print Shops]].
  
=2010=
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=2011=
  
==Rocklands book==
 
  
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== Graduation catalogue of the PZI MA Networked Media ==
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'''Reporter:''' OSP 
  
'''Reporter:''' Stewart Noy
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'''Date:''' July 2011
  
'''Date:''' December, 2010
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[[File:P7012989cMichaelMurtaugh-small.jpg|thumb|200px]]
  
[[File:Rocklands book.jpg]]
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Design of the graduation flyer and catalogue of MA Networked Media of the [http://pzwart.wdka.nl Piet Zwart Institute], Rotterdam.
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File:recto1.png|Flyer first half-recto [A6]
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File:recto2.png|Flyer second half-recto [A6]
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File:verso.png|Flyer verso [A5]
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</gallery>
  
==German Alpine Club (DAV), Local Section Ettlingen &mdash; periodical magazine ==
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Bound with removeable black brads, the catalogue is composed of one stapled introduction booklet, followed by 6 leaflet/posters, one for each student. The purple poster ink seems to be absorbed by the red leaflet side. Each booklet and leaflet can be distributed individually.
  
'''Reporter:''' Andreas Hünnebeck
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[[File:cat_31.jpg|thumb|200px]]
  
'''Date:''' December, 2010
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Purple shapes appearing behind the red text are the "overage" ink from the back side which is the poster side.
  
The magazine is sent to all members of the local section twice per year.
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[[File:cat_4.jpg|thumb|200px]]
You can download the current magazine and older ones
 
[http://www.dav-ettlingen.de/index.php?id=22 here].
 
  
I started to create this magazine in 1992, using Winword on a Windows PC to
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We used public domain patent drawings to illustrate each project with a shift of humour.
write the text with place holders for the images. The print shop imported
 
the text into Quark Express on a Mac and did the remaining prepress work.
 
  
In 1998 I switched to Staroffice 5.1 on a Linux PC and imported the scanned images
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There are no software that can handle spot colors for pictures. So we used a [http://stdin.fr/Bazar/SpotColorImages python script] written by Simeon Voelkel which we got on the Scribus IRC channel to convert images to eps files and add the desired spot color in the header of the image. The original script was written for duotone colors, since we needed only monochrome colors, we fed the script with a blank image of the same size of the original image. Then, search & replace directly in the XML to change the spot colors. Result, the images are "baked", meaning we cannot change them anymore, if changes are to be made, you'd have to go from the previous tif or jpg version and re-apply the script.
into the document, but the print shop still had to do the prepress work in Quark Express.
 
Later I changed to OpenOffice and created the PDF myself. Since the PDF contains images in RGB the
 
print shop had to convert the images into CMYK before sending it to the rip, but this was
 
much less work than before which lowered the costs substantially.
 
  
Plagued by the increasing number of bugs in OpenOffice 2 and 3 I finally switched to Scribus
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==German  Alpine Club (DAV), Local Section Ettlingen &mdash; periodical  magazine ==
in April 2010 (using 1.3.3.12 on Kubuntu 9.04). I wrote several python scripts
 
to create the tables used in the magazine. Eventually I was able to create a ready to print
 
PDF for the print shop (which minimized the costs for the print) and a
 
[http://www.dav-ettlingen.de/uploads/media/Mitteilungsheft_Nr._19_Juli-2010_01.pdf WEB version PDF]
 
for the homepage.
 
  
In November 2010 I upgraded to Scribus 1.3.8 (later to 1.3.9, two days before delivery) to
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'''Reporter:''' Andreas Hünnebeck
create the next magazine (see
 
[http://www.dav-ettlingen.de/uploads/media/Mitteilungsheft_Nr._20_Dez-2010.pdf WEB version PDF]).
 
Due to the python scripts I spared a lot of time to create all the tables.
 
  
==Madison Worker Cooperatives &mdash; periodical newsposters ==
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'''Date:'''  December, 2011
  
'''Reporter:''' Steve Herrick
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The magazine is sent to all members of  the local section twice per year.
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You can download the current magazine and older ones
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[http://www.dav-ettlingen.de/index.php?id=22  here].
  
'''Date:''' December, 2010
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I started to create this magazine in 1992, using different office programs on Windows and Linux.
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Plagued by the increasing number of bugs in OpenOffice 3 I switched to Scribus in April 2010  
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(using 1.3.3.12 on Kubuntu 9.04). I wrote several python scripts to create the tables used in the
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magazine. Scribus creates a ready to print PDF for the print shop and a WEB version PDF
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for the homepage.
  
[[Image:Workplace news1.png]]
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In April 2011 I used Scribus 1.4.0.rc2 (on Kubunto 11.04) for Issue number 21 and in November 2011
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I used Scribus 1.4.0.rc6 for issue number 22. (see
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[http://www.dav-ettlingen.de/uploads/media/Mitteilungsheft_Nr._22_Dezember-2011.pdf  WEB version PDF]).
  
[http://madworc.org/newsposter Newsposters Download]
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==Book: Guide Sentinelle ==
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'''Reporter:''' Cedric Gémy
  
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'''Date:''' November 2011
  
I live in Madison, Wisconsin, which has a relatively high concentration of worker co-ops. Our network (or business association) is called Madison Worker Cooperatives, which is usually shortened to MadWorC. The website is [http://madworc.org madword.orc].
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http://www.cgemy.com/galerie/Scribus_fr-ExemplesDutilisation-resized_600x421_CGEMY_EetRBi.png
  
I've been using Scribus in a somewhat unusual way: I make newsletters that are printed as posters. I design them specifically so co-ops can hang it up in their workspaces, so people can read the poster on the wall when they're on break. The posters are 13x19 inches.
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52 pages guide, page size A5, 2-color (black+pantone) made for a french association. The purpose of this guide is to give elements to people on how to protect water ressources in Brittany and how to act when they are witness of defaults.
  
The workflow is pretty simple: people in the organization write the articles, and I lay them out in Scribus (with a little help from OpenOffice.org, Inkscape, and the GIMP). We've settled into a pattern of one co-op feature per edition, with one or two other articles as well. The newsposters are published every other month, by one of the local worker co-ops.
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==CD: Les jetés de l'encore / Bologne==
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'''Reporter:''' Gilles Maire
  
==Pro Velo Bern &mdash; 15 bike tours ==
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'''Date:''' August 2011   
  
'''Reporter:''' Christoph Bloch
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[[File:IGNU-les_jetes_de_l_encre-bologne.jpg|800px]]
  
'''Date:''' December, 2010
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For us, no question to make a CD without Open Source tools. The CD was recorded with  Ardour on a Linux station. We used Scribus for the CD cover and booklet. Photographer  Francois Michel and all the musicians Guerran Sellin, Alexandre Taveau, Survière Florès and Sieglfried Courteaux have played in Open Source.  It is a great pleasure to have used Scribus, because it is very user friendy and we have achieved a nice product for a small budget. The colors in CYMK are nicely printed.
  
[[Image:Velo tour1.png]]
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Each CD-burner company has its own format for templates and we made the cover and the booklet with a Open Source template found on the gallery. It was very simple to adapt it for the best price company.
  
[http://www.provelobern.ch/index.php?id=27 http://www.provelobern.ch > Publikationen > Touren] (unfortunately only 2 out of 15 sheets are public due to copyright restraints.)
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The CD front was very easy to make following the CD form.
  
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You can find the CD at http://www.lesjetesdelencre.com
  
Pro Velo Bern, a bicycle advocacy NGO from Bern, Switzerland, successfully published 15 bike tours in 2010. They give you ideas for nice bike rides in the region of Bern and come as pdf files in A3 format. They are still readable if printed on A4; alternative files split into two A4 pages each are also available. Paper copies were produced as giveaways on one of those multi-machines that look like old-fashioned copiers but can read pdf files from a usb stick. Of course the files were created with Scribus! (with a little help from the Gimp, OpenOffice.org and Perl)
 
All the work was done by motivated yet totally inexperienced amateurs. We ran into quite a lot of trouble*, but whenever we asked the list, people were very helpful. We learned a lot. So thank you all!
 
  
''*Xerox wouldn't print Scribus' PDF - handcrafted svg paths import in nano-size - characters scrambled when printing - style copies proliferating - dotted lines only possible in unstable version - line styles don't allow dotted lines - sla files not readable on some computers despite of identical Scribus versions - etc etc etc. But we succeeded after all!!!''
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Thank you Scribus !
  
==Clan Mackintosh of North Americas, a quarterly newsletter==
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== book: Guide de l'apiculteur ==
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'''Reporter:''' Cedric Gémy
  
'''Reporter:''' George McIntosh
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'''Date:''' August 2011
  
'''Date:''' December, 2010
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http://www.cgemy.com/galerie/GuideAPiculteur-small.jpg
  
I am the editor of the quarterly newsletter for Clan Mackintosh of North America with over 500 members in the United States, Canada and Scotland.
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96 pages guide, page size A5, 4-color made for a french institution. The purpose of to give beekeepers all the informations they need to produce honey as profitably as they can.
  
I have used several desk top publishers over the years and had been using Pagemaker for the past few years. When I bought a new PC, Pagemaker would not run on it, Windows 7 x64, so I started looking for another DTP. I came across Scribus and have produced the past three issues with it. I had the usual newbee problems but thanks to [http://lists.scribus.info/mailman/listinfo/scribus this great mailing list] deadlines were met and people like the results. I produce two versions, a printed one in greyscale, due to the clan budget, and a web version in color. It has been a pretty painless transition and I recommend Scribus to
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==Nüüs vu Mullis==
others.
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'''Reporter:''' Niklaus Giger 
  
==Creating Book Covers with Scribus==
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'''Date:''' April 2011   
  
'''Reporter:''' John R. Culleton
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[[File:nueues_vu_mullis.jpg|800px]]
  
'''Date:''' December, 2010
 
  
I wrote an e-book on [http://www.booklocker.com/books/4055.html &#147;Creating Book Covers with Scribus&#148;] which I
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Mollis, a small village (about 3'000 habitants) in the Swiss mountains, has a local tourist association which publishes since around 1965 a quarterly "Nüüs vu Mullis" magazine (News from Mollis). The first issue was written using a type writer using hectography. Since three years we use successfully Scribus for its layout. Two sample pages are found under http://ngiger.dyndns.org/vvm/nüüs_vu_mullis.pdf.
posted on Booklocker. It sold over 100 copies. Using Scribus 1.5.0 I created the cover for [http://deathworeblack.com/index.html &#147;Death Wore Black&#148;], a police procedural novel in the PDF X/1-a:2001 format required by LSI, perhaps the largest POD
 
printer in the world. LSI accepted it without rasterizing the cover. Two other publishers doubted this success so I sent them copies to prove the point.
 
  
== Naji Gòchë, a social and cultural magazine in Polish and Kashubian language ==
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Using Scribus allows us to incorporated a lot a invidual PDF files (advertisements, title page). The first two or three issues took much more time to layout, but since then we found an easy workflow which allows us to control every detail. This was a big improvement over the previous situation where a print shop did the layout and usually only corrected two out of three errors reported.
  
'''Reporter:''' cezaryece
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If anybody in the surroundings of Mollis would like to use Scribus for a similar magazine, we would be glad to offer some help.
  
'''Date:''' March, 2010
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== Choices Magazine==
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'''Reporter:''' Lisa Charles   
  
[http://www.najigoche.kaszuby.pl/  Home Page]<br/>
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'''Date:''' February 2011     
[http://www.najigoche.kaszuby.pl/files/42.pdf Issue 42, Winter 2010 (PDF)]
 
  
Previously the magazine had been made with Corel Ventura 8, but due to some hyphenation problems we decided to leave it and the last issue (winter 2010) was made with Scribus 1.5 (built from SVN) without any major problems. It contains 155 pages full of text and photos. Due to low funds there is currently no printed, but only the free download version, but in the near future we plan to go back to the paper issue.
 
<gallery caption="" widths="250px" heights="300px" perrow="3">
 
File:Ng01.jpg
 
File:Ng02.jpg
 
File:Ng03.jpg
 
</gallery>
 
  
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[http://www.choicesmagazine.co.uk Choices Magazine] is a new UK glossy subscription only magazine for the employeepreneur, marketed via Direct Sales. Our main target market is employees making the transition to self employed, to business owner; with our secondary market being very early start-ups.  Our focus is on the next generation of industry leaders and entrepreneurs to nurture and build into successful brands. The big dreamers and forward thinkers; in particular, today’s self starter and tomorrow’s entrepreneur; the next gigantic global brand.  And for the serious entrepreneur; Choices Magazine provides a stream of income and a huge platform to develop and launch brands.  Our features, stories and articles (including success principles, practical projects, problem solving techniques and business strategies) give our readers the knowledge, skills and know how, to win.  We provide information to give them the edge, focus and necessary qualities to deliver their best, and to be a leader in their field. Choices incorporates information in four crucial areas necessary for a successful and balanced life: Business Choices, Lifestyle Choices, Wellbeing Choices, and Personal Growth Choices.
  
== Moje miasto, a biweekly magazine in Polish language ==
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I used Scribus 1.3.9 to do the first pre launch issue (32 pages), which is available now, and have started working on the launch issue (64 pages), out at the end of March 2011. There was a slight learning curve, getting used to Scribus, but overall I think it's an excellent program. The proof we received from the printers was of excellent quality, putting my fears to rest that the pdf output would not be compatible for some reason (although Scribus do make clear that the commercial printing quality is superb!).
  
'''Reporter:''' cezaryece
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[[File:Choices Magazine full issue01.PNG|center]]
  
'''Date:''' March, 2010
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==Wikipedia Bookshelf Project==
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'''Reporter:''' Frédéric Schütz   
  
[http://www.mojemiasto.slupsk.pl Home page]<br />
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'''Date:''' January 2011     
[http://www.mojemiasto.slupsk.pl/pdf/18-10MM.pdf Issue 18/2010]
 
  
A local biweekly newspaper from Słupsk in Poland, made with Scribus since December 2009 (following Corel Ventura 8). Printing to paper has been done by a printing house from PDF files without any problems. Half of each issue are full color pages, the leftover is black-white (mainly 16 pages issues, sometimes 24 pages). Started with Scribus 1.5 SVN, but now it is made with Scribus 1.3.8 due to performance in text editing. Advertisements have been made with CorelDRAW (as JPG files), text files arrive in Word format and are converted with Open Office including some cleanup. The sudoku game is made with Inkscape as an EPS file. The big advantage of migrating to Scribus is the Short Words plugin &mdash; Ventura has not such a feature at all.
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The '''[http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bookshelf_Project Wikipedia Bookshelf Project]''' is creating a core set of public outreach materials designed to help new contributors understand the specific culture of Wikipedia, the free, online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The materials aim to increase new contributor awareness and interest, foster excitement about contributing to Wikipedia, and provide key training tools. The materials are being developed in English; however, they are to be designed for easy translation, localization, and customization by volunteers, local chapters, and educational institutions such as schools and universities. Bookshelf materials are being developed by the project team from the Wikimedia Foundation (the Foundation that oversees the development of Wikipedia), community volunteers, and production experts.
<gallery caption="" widths="250px" heights="300px" perrow="3">
 
File:Mm01.jpg
 
File:Mm02.jpg
 
File:Mm14.jpg
 
</gallery>
 
<br clear="all" />
 
  
== AllYearbooks 2010 Information Pack ==
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The combination of these requirements naturally led the project team to choose Scribus to create these materials. Scribus fits perfectly with the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation, and allows anyone to easily access the tools needed to contribute to the project. The resulting materials are also published under a free license ([http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike], except for the Wikipedia and Wikimedia logos).
  
'''Reporter:''' Jake Gordon
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The material produced so far can be found at http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bookshelf (note that the last two documents in the list of printed material were not created with Scribus; in particular, the project is currently looking for a volunteer who could convert the document ''Video for Wikipedia and the Open Web: A Guide to Best Practices for Cultural and Educational Institutions'', originally created using Adobe InDesign, in Scribus format).
  
'''Date:''' February, 2010
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Some of the Scribus files are already available at http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Localization_guidelines_(Bookshelf), in particular for the ''[http://outreach.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Welcome2WP_English_082310.pdf&page=1 Welcome to Wikipedia]'' booklet ([http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Welcome2WP_English_082310.pdf PDF], [http://www.process39.com/client_res/wikipedia/Welcome2WP_SOURCE_082410.zip ZIP files with Scribus source]).
  
[http://allyearbooks.co.uk/ AllYearbooks] is a leading yearbook producer in the UK. We had been weighing up InDesign vs Scribus for some time but with version 1.3.6 Scribus really took the lead for us. We created this information pack (marketing material) entirely in house. We used Scribus 1.3.6svn as it included important features and bug fixes which we required.
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[[File:Welcome2WP_English_082310-thumbnails.jpg|700px|center]]
  
[[Image:Allyearbooks.jpg]]
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[[File:Welcome2WP French printed1.jpg|150px]]
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[[File:Welcome2WP French printed2.jpg|300px]]
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[[File:Welcome2WP French printed3.jpg|300px]]
  
Our information pack is 48 pages long, and as we needed to create it as quick as possible we created 5 smaller files with up to 10 pages each, rather than working with one big file. This enabled two of us to work on the pack concurrently, connecting to a Samba share over 1Gbps ethernet.
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==The Rockfish Files==
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'''Reporter:''' Keith White 
  
After sending the document to be printed in both paperback and laminated hardback forms, I used the 'import page' feature to collate the five files into one, to make future revisions more logical.
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'''Date:''' January 2011   
  
You can find also [http://allyearbooks.co.uk/infopack download the PDF of the information pack], which was exported using Scribus' PDF export tool with all images compressed to a maximum of 72dpi.
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This first issue of '''[http://issuu.com/jerseybassguides/docs/hrfw?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Faquarium%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true The Rockfish Files]''' was a collaborated effort, but edited and created solely with open source software.
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Scribus v1.3.9 was used, and is being used in production of issue #2 to be released in march 2011.
  
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A 60 plus page effort to show the world that British lure fishing can be more than just bass orientated. This document received over 5000 unique reads in the first 14 days of its release.

Latest revision as of 19:15, 18 October 2014

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  1. Success Stories 2020
  2. Success Stories 2017
  3. Success Stories 2016
  4. Success Stories 2015
  5. Success Stories 2014
  6. Success Stories 2013
  7. Success Stories 2012
  8. Success Stories 2011
  9. Success Stories 2010
  10. Success Stories 2009
  11. Success Stories 2008
  12. Success Stories 2007
  13. Success Stories 2006
  14. Success Stories 2005-2004-2003

Introduction

Anyone is invited to describe her/his experience with successfully using Scribus in her/his projects. Please note: to report any unusual reasons you use Scribus join the ongoing discussion Stupid reasons we use Scribus. There is also a special page for placing links to your work: Made with Scribus. If you want to recommend a Scribus and/or PDF friendly print shop, please use Scribus Friendly Print Shops.

2011

Graduation catalogue of the PZI MA Networked Media

Reporter: OSP

Date: July 2011

P7012989cMichaelMurtaugh-small.jpg

Design of the graduation flyer and catalogue of MA Networked Media of the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.

Bound with removeable black brads, the catalogue is composed of one stapled introduction booklet, followed by 6 leaflet/posters, one for each student. The purple poster ink seems to be absorbed by the red leaflet side. Each booklet and leaflet can be distributed individually.

Cat 31.jpg

Purple shapes appearing behind the red text are the "overage" ink from the back side which is the poster side.

Cat 4.jpg

We used public domain patent drawings to illustrate each project with a shift of humour.

There are no software that can handle spot colors for pictures. So we used a python script written by Simeon Voelkel which we got on the Scribus IRC channel to convert images to eps files and add the desired spot color in the header of the image. The original script was written for duotone colors, since we needed only monochrome colors, we fed the script with a blank image of the same size of the original image. Then, search & replace directly in the XML to change the spot colors. Result, the images are "baked", meaning we cannot change them anymore, if changes are to be made, you'd have to go from the previous tif or jpg version and re-apply the script.

German Alpine Club (DAV), Local Section Ettlingen — periodical magazine

Reporter: Andreas Hünnebeck

Date: December, 2011

The magazine is sent to all members of the local section twice per year. You can download the current magazine and older ones here.

I started to create this magazine in 1992, using different office programs on Windows and Linux. Plagued by the increasing number of bugs in OpenOffice 3 I switched to Scribus in April 2010 (using 1.3.3.12 on Kubuntu 9.04). I wrote several python scripts to create the tables used in the magazine. Scribus creates a ready to print PDF for the print shop and a WEB version PDF for the homepage.

In April 2011 I used Scribus 1.4.0.rc2 (on Kubunto 11.04) for Issue number 21 and in November 2011 I used Scribus 1.4.0.rc6 for issue number 22. (see WEB version PDF).

Book: Guide Sentinelle

Reporter: Cedric Gémy

Date: November 2011

Scribus_fr-ExemplesDutilisation-resized_600x421_CGEMY_EetRBi.png

52 pages guide, page size A5, 2-color (black+pantone) made for a french association. The purpose of this guide is to give elements to people on how to protect water ressources in Brittany and how to act when they are witness of defaults.

CD: Les jetés de l'encore / Bologne

Reporter: Gilles Maire

Date: August 2011

IGNU-les jetes de l encre-bologne.jpg

For us, no question to make a CD without Open Source tools. The CD was recorded with Ardour on a Linux station. We used Scribus for the CD cover and booklet. Photographer Francois Michel and all the musicians Guerran Sellin, Alexandre Taveau, Survière Florès and Sieglfried Courteaux have played in Open Source. It is a great pleasure to have used Scribus, because it is very user friendy and we have achieved a nice product for a small budget. The colors in CYMK are nicely printed.

Each CD-burner company has its own format for templates and we made the cover and the booklet with a Open Source template found on the gallery. It was very simple to adapt it for the best price company.

The CD front was very easy to make following the CD form.

You can find the CD at http://www.lesjetesdelencre.com


Thank you Scribus !

book: Guide de l'apiculteur

Reporter: Cedric Gémy

Date: August 2011

GuideAPiculteur-small.jpg

96 pages guide, page size A5, 4-color made for a french institution. The purpose of to give beekeepers all the informations they need to produce honey as profitably as they can.

Nüüs vu Mullis

Reporter: Niklaus Giger

Date: April 2011

Nueues vu mullis.jpg


Mollis, a small village (about 3'000 habitants) in the Swiss mountains, has a local tourist association which publishes since around 1965 a quarterly "Nüüs vu Mullis" magazine (News from Mollis). The first issue was written using a type writer using hectography. Since three years we use successfully Scribus for its layout. Two sample pages are found under http://ngiger.dyndns.org/vvm/nüüs_vu_mullis.pdf.

Using Scribus allows us to incorporated a lot a invidual PDF files (advertisements, title page). The first two or three issues took much more time to layout, but since then we found an easy workflow which allows us to control every detail. This was a big improvement over the previous situation where a print shop did the layout and usually only corrected two out of three errors reported.

If anybody in the surroundings of Mollis would like to use Scribus for a similar magazine, we would be glad to offer some help.

Choices Magazine

Reporter: Lisa Charles

Date: February 2011


Choices Magazine is a new UK glossy subscription only magazine for the employeepreneur, marketed via Direct Sales. Our main target market is employees making the transition to self employed, to business owner; with our secondary market being very early start-ups. Our focus is on the next generation of industry leaders and entrepreneurs to nurture and build into successful brands. The big dreamers and forward thinkers; in particular, today’s self starter and tomorrow’s entrepreneur; the next gigantic global brand. And for the serious entrepreneur; Choices Magazine provides a stream of income and a huge platform to develop and launch brands. Our features, stories and articles (including success principles, practical projects, problem solving techniques and business strategies) give our readers the knowledge, skills and know how, to win. We provide information to give them the edge, focus and necessary qualities to deliver their best, and to be a leader in their field. Choices incorporates information in four crucial areas necessary for a successful and balanced life: Business Choices, Lifestyle Choices, Wellbeing Choices, and Personal Growth Choices.

I used Scribus 1.3.9 to do the first pre launch issue (32 pages), which is available now, and have started working on the launch issue (64 pages), out at the end of March 2011. There was a slight learning curve, getting used to Scribus, but overall I think it's an excellent program. The proof we received from the printers was of excellent quality, putting my fears to rest that the pdf output would not be compatible for some reason (although Scribus do make clear that the commercial printing quality is superb!).

Choices Magazine full issue01.PNG

Wikipedia Bookshelf Project

Reporter: Frédéric Schütz

Date: January 2011

The Wikipedia Bookshelf Project is creating a core set of public outreach materials designed to help new contributors understand the specific culture of Wikipedia, the free, online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The materials aim to increase new contributor awareness and interest, foster excitement about contributing to Wikipedia, and provide key training tools. The materials are being developed in English; however, they are to be designed for easy translation, localization, and customization by volunteers, local chapters, and educational institutions such as schools and universities. Bookshelf materials are being developed by the project team from the Wikimedia Foundation (the Foundation that oversees the development of Wikipedia), community volunteers, and production experts.

The combination of these requirements naturally led the project team to choose Scribus to create these materials. Scribus fits perfectly with the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation, and allows anyone to easily access the tools needed to contribute to the project. The resulting materials are also published under a free license (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike, except for the Wikipedia and Wikimedia logos).

The material produced so far can be found at http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bookshelf (note that the last two documents in the list of printed material were not created with Scribus; in particular, the project is currently looking for a volunteer who could convert the document Video for Wikipedia and the Open Web: A Guide to Best Practices for Cultural and Educational Institutions, originally created using Adobe InDesign, in Scribus format).

Some of the Scribus files are already available at http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Localization_guidelines_(Bookshelf), in particular for the Welcome to Wikipedia booklet (PDF, ZIP files with Scribus source).

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The Rockfish Files

Reporter: Keith White

Date: January 2011

This first issue of The Rockfish Files was a collaborated effort, but edited and created solely with open source software. Scribus v1.3.9 was used, and is being used in production of issue #2 to be released in march 2011.

A 60 plus page effort to show the world that British lure fishing can be more than just bass orientated. This document received over 5000 unique reads in the first 14 days of its release.