Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Leigh mentioned in a comment on an earlier post that she has a desktop publishing tool on her computer called Scribus. This is an Open Source piece of software and works on Linux, Mac and Windows. The program can be downloaded from their website.

Also available on their site is part of their manual. The developers there offer a pdf download of the table of contents and chapter one. I did download these and it seems from a brief read-through that this program might be a bit more complex than Microsoft Publisher. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It means you can probably do more with Scribus than with Publisher.

For those who might be a little shy, here is the last paragraph on their web page:

There is an enthusiastic and friendly community around Scribus that assists beginner and pro alike through our mailing list, IRC channel, wiki, contracted support, and the bugtracker.

For a good review of other desktop publishing software, go here. the price range of the program goes from $15 to $111.

For a review of more software, including Scribus and Adobe (neither of which is reviewed in my first link), go to this web site.

Related Posts:
Sketchbooks for Weavers

Software for E-Sketchbooks” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on April 22, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Leigh said...

Ah yes, but the learning curve! My old version of Scribus had a free manual, which was pretty skimpy. Ubuntu upgraded Scribus for me however, and it looks as though the new manual is definitely worth the money. And you're right Peg, Open Source software usually has a fantastic community of support.

I got started with DTP a long time ago on Serif's entry level version of PagePlus. It's still only about a $10 download. Their pro version was the top pick on the review page you linked to.

If you keep writing about this I will definitely have to jump into the ring again!

Peg in South Carolina said...

Leigh, you are pretty good with software. I think you could quickly learn enough just to get you started and then as you worked with it, you could figure out more of it. All you need to figure out is how to create a newsletter. Once you have that created you could begin playing. I have been halfway thinking about starting another blog where I post pages from my sketchbook. It would not be a daily blog. The advantage is there would be some external motivation to keep up with the sketchbook in addition to my own internal motivation.