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On Wed, 24 May 2017 19:56:33 -0400
"Brian Grawburg" <> dijo:

I am in the process of converting 177 pages of my study notes on the
NT book of Romans from Lotus WordPro to LibreOffice. I have two more
large "books" to convert after this.  I've thought about breaking it
up into 4 smaller sections because it takes several seconds to go from
page to page. There are several different type faces, including Greek,
which may slow things down. I've also wondered about not using
LibreOffice and using Scribus instead because the documents are so
large.  Comments?

Scribus is famous for being slow, although there have been some
improvements recently. The speed problems with Scribus are due to its
text abilities (far more options than LO), which are great for layout
and design, but in order to give the viewer a WYSIWYG screen it redraws
text letter by letter. The common wisdom is to break up the document
into smaller chunks (e.g., separate documents for each chapter), then
export each as a PDF and use other tools to assemble the PDFs into the
final document. There are additional tricks as well, but they are too
detailed to describe here.

I should add another mantra of Scribus users: Scribus is a layout tool;
not a word processor. You do your writing in your word processor, your
images in the GIMP or Inkscape, and assemble them in Scribus. Its
import filter for ODT files preserves styles (adapting them to Scribus
conventions), but not much else, e.g., page numbers and images are
ignored. When I write a document that I know I will eventually want to
lay out in Scribus I write it in LO, applying the styles that I know I
will want in Scribus, but I don't bother with the details of the style
in LO - I just want the text tagged with the style because I'm going to
change/enhance it once the text is in Scribus anyway.

I must also mention the Scribus listserv, because this is a LO list
where Scribus discussions border on being off topic: 
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And finally I should mention TeX. (The X is pronounced as a voiceless
velar fricative, e.g., the ch in German 'ach,' and in written form the
X is supposed to be below the baseline.) TeX was originally conceived
as a way to produce academic documents like dissertations and theses,
where it still shines today. It has many devotees and there are a great
many add-ons and utilities, e.g., Latex, Lyx, inter multa alia. I don't
have listserve or website information handy because I don't use TeX
personally, but I'm sure there are plenty of such resources online.

Good luck with your project!

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