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iamback
01-03-2012, 05:44 AM
Just wondering if there are any users of Scribus around here.

I recently installed it (on Vista, for now, Linux later), because my art-history student cousin was struggling with installation (and EULA) of (a trial version of) InDesign - which she cannot afford anyway, so I pointed her to Scribus, and in stalled it myself so I could follow along with her (long phonecall...).

But I installed it also because soon I want to start designing my first (beta) photo books anyway and I'm not sure if the provided software will be able to do what I have in mind.

I have a rough idea of how such programs work (by watching someone using InDesign and reading threads here!), but I'm sure I could use a helping hand myself once I actually get started on that project. So I wondered if anyone here is using it (or has used it)!

Just to be clear: I prefer to use free, open source software for everything!

donmcc
01-03-2012, 06:10 AM
Try Youtube. There seem to be a lot of Scribus tutorials in there. I have no idea if any are of use, but you can have fun with them and let us know.

Bo Aakerstrom
01-03-2012, 06:40 AM
I do use Scribus and it is a capable application so I can't see why it would not be suitable for your photo book project. I learned DTP using Quark XPress and Scribus is very similar to use.

http://docs.scribus.net/ might be a good place to start. Some of the basics as regards to the technical side of things can be found here too (i.e. file formats, colour space, image resolution, etc.).

It is a good idea to find a printing company and talk to them about what their specific requirements are before supplying anything to print.

Editing photos using The GIMP might appeal to your preferences as well!

Free and open source is good, I only use one application that isn't on a regular basis (an old version of ACD Canvas, but that came with a magazine so that hardly counts...).

BTW if you haven't got version 1.4.0 (released 2012.01.01) I advice you to get that as it is a big improvement on the old stable release.

iamback
01-03-2012, 07:20 AM
Excellent idea, thanks - I had not thought to look there but will!

(I'm not fond of video tutorials - I find it hard to actually learn from them - but recognize sometimes there just is no alternative.)

iamback
01-03-2012, 07:55 AM
http://docs.scribus.net/ might be a good place to start. Some of the basics as regards to the technical side of things can be found here too (i.e. file formats, colour space, image resolution, etc.).

Both my cousin and I have already found that - I do plan to work through some of the tutorials before trying to do any 'real' work!

It is a good idea to find a printing company and talk to them about what their specific requirements are before supplying anything to print.

I'm thinking of using either Blurb (http://www.blurb.com/) or Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/) and believe both (at least Blurb) have good instructions online. There are some other options as well - I haven't decided yet.

Editing photos using The GIMP might appeal to your preferences as well!

Free and open source is good, I only use one application that isn't on a regular basis (an old version of ACD Canvas, but that came with a magazine so that hardly counts...).

As long as I'm still working on Windows (*cough*) I'm fairly stuck in my ways. I'm using Helicon Filter (which I love) in combination with Paint Shop Pro X, with one plugin I rather rely on: Focus Magic.

I have Gimp, but not invested a lot of time in learning it yet - but I was able to help my cousin with some rather advanced image editing (to bring out very vague details): I knew what I was looking for - it was just a matter of finding it in the menu. I may set up Windows in a virtual machine just so I can still use my old programs and plugins if needed...

(But no hurry - first I still have to 'convert' a ton of photo descriptions on RedBubble since they made changes resulting in many broken links... and they just announced a new change resulting in even more conversion work :( )

BTW if you haven't got version 1.4.0 (released 2012.01.01) I advice you to get that as it is a big improvement on the old stable release.

Thanks for the tip - I'll inform my cousin as well! (We actually have 1.4.0.rc6)

Anyway, glad to know there are (is) at least Scribus users here!