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Scribus vs InDesign or Quark: is it a viable alternative?

For someone who has worked in the professional publishing industry, I rely on InDesign and Photoshop for creating professional documents, even if they're as simple as a business card. Sometimes I ...
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Is it possible to have a page with a transparent background?

One of my pages has a single image taking up some space on the page. The rest of the space (the space not occupied by the image), should be transparent: that is, whenever I send it to the printing ...
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Scribus book templates

I'm preparing a textbook; mostly text, with some illustrations, and I'm considering Scribus. Does anyone have any suggestions on using Scribus for book-length material, or know where can I find ...
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How can I set CMYK values in Scribus?

When I create a new CMYK color for my document, the color’s values change when I edit it back, as you can see in this animation (sorry for the bad quality): For example: 65,00% becomes 65,10% ...
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How to crop an image in Scribus?

Is it possible to crop an image in an imageframe? It's the first time I am using scribus, so this might be a dumb question, but adjusting layer to image and vice versa was immediately clear, but ...
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Rotate first page when printing

I have this two-sided layout that I need to print. The way my project is structured (a party flyer), the front page must be rotated 180° when printing, and the back page must stay as-is (or the other ...
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Free / cheap desktop publishing software for a book with some graphics? (OS X)

Nothing too complex. I need a few custom paragraph styles, and here and there a graph or diagram will be interspersed with the text. I've looked at Scribus, and it seemed suited for my needs... only ...
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What are some differences between Scribus and Indesign?

I recently heard that scribus is a good free alternative option to Indesign. I recently opened Scribus up, and none of it makes any sense, and it doesn't look like it'd be a good fit for what I want ...
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Framemaker feature - run on paragraph styles. Is this possible in scribus?

Framemaker will let you configure a paragraph style to run on after the finish of the paragraph. This is good for hanging paragraphs where the first line is really a subheading, Excuse the monospaced ...
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Importing a page onto a differently sized page in Scribus

I'm quite sorry for my unclear question. I have two Scribus documents, the contents of a club magazine (i.e. everything from TOC to colophon) and the cover (which is in color). For space reasons I ...
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How to work efficiently with Scribus' Story Editor?

When working in Scribus' story editor, I still wonder how to enter text efficiently. As far as I can see, whenever I hit enter, a new paragraph gets created. Hereafter I have to manually select the ...
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Applying 2-up layout in scribus with printers´ (crop) marks

Please excuse my complete ignorance of the correct terms, but I have a set of 120mm blocks of content which I want to be cut out after printing. I can only print on A4 paper so I can cram two of each ...
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Scribus: scale image after cropped

Scribus lets you crop images easily by choosing "properties" > "image" > "free scaling". After cropping, you can even move the image around inside the frame by double clicking on the image and then ...
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Apply Character Style to selection in Scribus

I'm putting together a short rule book and I thought I'd try out Scribus. The problem I'm running in is trying to apply style to short selections of text within a text frame. Basically, I want to ...
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How do I name a custom hyphenation dictionary file in scribus?

I want to add a custom hyphenation dict in scribus for the Tagalog (Philippine) language. Based on the language codes, I created the file "hyph_tl.dic" with an accompanying "README_tl.txt" and placed ...
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How to distribute objects with smaller outer borders?

I created a small flyer and placed four flyers on one DIN A4 page. But it seems to be impossible to distribute the four text frames correctly. In order to be able to cut the flyers the width ...