Iwholeheartedly endorse Steve Russell’s ‘Less Geek’ letter in LXF220. I’ve recently returned to Linux Format after a spell with another magazine, which shall remain nameless, but which has recently disappeared into the back pages of another publication [ themagindustry istough–Ed]. Like Steve Russell I, too, am unlikely (at 81) ever to master the art of programming.
What’s more, I find that software that’s often introduced as being intuitive is in practice far from intuitive. An example is ScribusDTP, which I’ve read about a number of occasions as being easy to master. I’ve found it anything but. (Do I hear cries of “Here, here!"?)
The question I want to ask is have you ever done a tutorial on Scribus in Linux Format and if so when? If not, can I appeal to you for one and in layman’s terms please? Until I can master Scribus I am reluctant to abandon Windows as my DTP package is SerifPagePlus and it ain’t available for Linux. A. Geoffrey Mo rt, Bolton, Location Neil says: Thanks for your thoughts on tutorials. Because a number of people have requested more practical tutorials, it’s certainly something I’ll look to adding in more often. The FOSS world has a goodly collection of top-quality tools, some mentioned in this month’s mail, so perhaps we need primers to help people get started with them? Certainly, Scribus is about as complex as any professional-level DTP package, so there’s a steep learning curve, but from what we’ve seen it comes with decent templates and documentation. However, it would certainly take a novice a day or two to create a newsletter.
As is the case with many DTP packages, Scribus has a steep learning curve and requires more effort to get your end result.