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    Better alternative to Scribus

    There's already a thread entitled, "Better alternative to GIMP." I'm wondering if there's an open source alternative to Scribus for a desktop publisher.
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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    Nops Buntu. What i usually do is to work on inkscape. I only use Scribus to apply spot colors and create the final file to send to the printing company.

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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    what is it about scribus that you don't like?

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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    Francisco Cardoso and ssam, I'm please someone responded after all this time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Francisco Cardoso View Post
    What i usually do is to work on inkscape. I only use Scribus to apply spot colors and create the final file to send to the printing company.
    But do you use Inkscape as a DTP? I mean for working with images + text + formatting? I've used Inkscape for creating vector drawings and think it invaluable for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by ssam View Post
    what is it about scribus that you don't like?
    I had a lot of trouble with it in the beginning, as in freezing, not opening, and ramping up my CPU. I stuck with it (because I needed it) and am now able to do what I need without much problem. It's still quirky, however, and sometimes there's nothing for it but to close it down and restart. There's something to be said for familiarity.

    I'm currently working with both versions 1.4 and 1.5, and each has it's idiosyncrasies. I'm more used to 1.4, but I need 1.5 for its pdf output.
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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    I'm studying Graphic Design so now i gotta use some editorial app, i got windows with inDesign but i tried Scribus and i found it very easy to work with, more than with iD, the only thing that i fear is printing and it's the very reason for what i use Scribus, the main thing that i'm a little afraid of is color, i used Ai for a long time this half year and the past one, never had a problem, used it in CMYK and everything ok. Using Inkscape produced me some troubles, couldn't never hit the right color in the program that i wanted for print, dunno how to set it right really, it's frustrating.

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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    Quote Originally Posted by juampi-ursic View Post
    I'm studying Graphic Design so now i gotta use some editorial app, i got windows with inDesign but i tried Scribus and i found it very easy to work with, more than with iD, the only thing that i fear is printing and it's the very reason for what i use Scribus, the main thing that i'm a little afraid of is color, i used Ai for a long time this half year and the past one, never had a problem, used it in CMYK and everything ok. Using Inkscape produced me some troubles, couldn't never hit the right color in the program that i wanted for print, dunno how to set it right really, it's frustrating.
    Have you tried saving your file from Inkscape and opening in Scribus for your printing needs?
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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    Quote Originally Posted by Buntu Bunny View Post
    Have you tried saving your file from Inkscape and opening in Scribus for your printing needs?
    Tried but not everything is quite right, i mean, shapes are there but text and images aren't, so i can't really use Scribus for that.

    I tried color profile sRGB in Inkscape and use it with CMS to pick my color, between monitors and with my phone the color is moslty accurate, not so much but much much better than before, but i don't have a CMYK profile, not the ones that i saw in some other posts the people are using.

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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    juampi-ursic, cmyk colors will not render accurately on an electronic device because they are meant for print. In fact, they usually look pretty bad in Scribus but print out well.
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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    Quote Originally Posted by Buntu Bunny View Post
    juampi-ursic, cmyk colors will not render accurately on an electronic device because they are meant for print. In fact, they usually look pretty bad in Scribus but print out well.
    That i know! The thing is that using Inkscape and trying to print isn't quite well, i googled a bit about this and i read about Inkscape and problems with CMYK but the strange thing is that making something in RGB that i'll see in another screen it does come out bad like in CMYK when printing, color is practically not even close.Searched here and there for a solution, found out that using color profiles from Adobe it's kind of the solution, didn't try it out yet but did use sRGB color profile in Inkscape and use CMS for pick the color with the linked profile and from screen to screen color is much more accurate, hope it does well with some CMYK profile but i gotta test.

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    Re: Better alternative to Scribus

    Quote Originally Posted by juampi-ursic View Post
    . . . but did use sRGB color profile in Inkscape and use CMS for pick the color with the linked profile and from screen to screen color is much more accurate, hope it does well with some CMYK profile but i gotta test.
    Do report back. Your results may help others of us.
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