Success Stories 2011
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Reporter: George McIntosh
Date: December, 2010
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.
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 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 others.
Creating Book Covers with Scribus
Reporter: John R. Culleton
Date: December, 2010
I wrote an e-book on “Creating Book Covers with Scribus” which I posted on Booklocker. It sold over 100 copies. Using Scribus 1.5.0 I created the cover for “Death Wore Black”, 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.
Date: March, 2010
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.
Moje miasto, a biweekly magazine in Polish language
Date: March, 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 — Ventura has not such a feature at all.
AllYearbooks 2010 Information Pack
Reporter: Jake Gordon
Date: February, 2010
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.
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.
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.
You can find also download the PDF of the information pack, which was exported using Scribus' PDF export tool with all images compressed to a maximum of 72dpi.