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Scribus 1.3.5 Beginner's Guide
Scribus 1.3.5 Beginner's Guide
by Cedric Gemy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Beginner's Guide, 29 Jan 2011
I am currently working my way through this book. This is a very good explanation of the workings of Scribus, which is a very good open-source, multi-platform desktop publishing program. This is the type of program open-source is all about. It's effective at it's task, well supported by the community, and is free. The fact that it runs on Linux was my first selling point, and being able to use it on Windows and Mac certainly will attract a larger audience.

This book is a thorough primer on the workings of the program, and is required if you want to quickly pick up the usage, which is very different from word processors or the like. The author leads you through many informative examples of how to create a very professional document. There are many illustrations which are helpful, and an extensive table of contents. I think another review stated the contrary, but both the printed and electronic (PDF) versions I received do have a nine page index.

The main sections of the book can be summarized as: getting started, first layout, master pages, using text, formatting text, complex content, advanced frames and shapes, importing images, color management, printing and customizing the creation process. Each is important and is covered in detail, so after going through the book you will be able, if you have any creative energy, to create a very nice looking flyer, brochure, handout, booklet or multi-page document which is press ready in PDF format. I have had a couple of printed documents come out very well when exported to pdf and taken to a local print shop (fed-ex). Of course, projects can be printed locally, but it seems the results are better when exported to pdf, then printed using Adobe or some such pdf viewer.

Overall, as one who is new to Scribus, I have found this book virtually indispensable, both as a primer and a reference. Many advanced DTP features which are covered are over my head, but seem well covered.

It should be pointed out that since it applies to version 1.3.5, it is applicable to the newest released versions of Scribus, currently 1.4. There have been recent changes since 1.3.3 which are covered in this book.

I do heartily recommend this book to beginning Scribus users. It helps make Scribus much more friendly. My one caveat is the translation, which, although very readable and usable, is sometimes awkward. A second edition might want to take time to correct some of the more obvious stumbles, but don't let this deter you.

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