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Hi :)
Output format is Pdf.

I've been having good fun figuring Scribus out.  Already getting close to
what i need!

Writer has been doing a brilliant job as a DTP.  When i first started i
just used the old .Doc and even that made a huge improvement.  Styles were
the huge for time-saving and increasing quality.  Then saving that as Odt
allowed more finesses.  Then starting again from scratch made a huge

However i still inherited some flaws in the basic design, partly due to a
lack of knowledge of LibreOffice/OpenOffice.  I hadn't figured out having a
separate style for the front page.  That page had a text-box that was quite
different from the 'normal' other pages and pasting stuff between it and
the 2nd page kept being messy.  Scribus has allowed me to have linked
text-boxes on every page and just "get text" brought everything in.  Then i
just tidied a few things up.  Tomorrow i'm hoping to get the images in.
Making some of the fussy tiny boxes was easy with the LO "position and
size" dialogues open and using Scribus' "insert frame".

Writer is brilliant as a DTP but the newsletter needed a fresh start and i
figured i might as well start using a proper DTP for the final polishing.
We have several leaflets in Publisher too but i figure those are better in
Draw - mostly because it's likely to be easier for people to modify.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 17 December 2014 at 16:58, Charles-H. Schulz <> wrote:

Le 17.12.2014 17:35, Tom Davies a écrit :

Hi :)
Thanks! :)  It didn't quite work for my newsletter but it may open things
up a bit for other documents we have struggled with here.

I'm beginning to see why Charles tried to find out about what sort of
i'm aiming for.  Scribus has a LOT of options and templates and stuff
on.  Form over content, of course.

I think i am going to struggle on with it a bit first to make a prototype
and learn as i go.  Then do the real thing another week.

I had been thinking about using Draw as a stepping stone - using lots of
linked text-boxes but i think it's going to be easier to just leap into
Scribus from the start.  I'm not sure how work-flow is going to go in the
future but i have a feeling most of the content is going to be best done
Regards from
Tom :)

 Hello Tom,

Draw is an option - if your newsletter is a bit "basic" I understand this
as being text-intensive?
In this case Draw is not necessarily the best part of LibreOffice for you:
Writer has all sorts of features to offer: text over several columns, text
frames, half transparent images insertion. Writer is (and I know anyone
from Scribus will scream reading this) designed as a DTP software just as
much as it is a word processor. If you consider Writer (okay, Draw would be
similar) then indeed, exporting your document to PDF will work out
perfectly. By the way, what is your output format supposed to be?



 On 17 December 2014 at 16:13, jorge <> wrote:

Hi Tom:

        I check the Scribus open file format and it accept .pdf, I made a
with one document of mine, and Scribus open it.

        I suggest you to export your .odf file to .pdf and then open it
Scribus. I don't know how it will configure the pages opens but it would
be well.


Jorge Rodríguez

El mié, 17-12-2014 a las 14:11 +0000, Tom Davies escribió:
Hi :)
I do my company newsletter in Writer but want to do the finishing
in Scribus.

Has anyone else tried this?   A few years ago someone from this mailing
list offered to give me a hand but i had no time to even try it back
It's suddenly become quite viable to put some time into this at work.

The one thing that Writer doesn't seem able to do is use curved
text-frames.  I'm kinda trying to get some nicely rounded corners to
upgrade the newsletter from Win98 style to Xp style.
Regards from
Tom :)


Jorge Rodríguez

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