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Portland Linux/Unix Group: Open Source Desktop Publishing with Scribus

Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09
1900 SW Fourth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201, US (map)

Access Notes

Building is at 4th and College. Room 86-01 is in the basement, take the elevator or stairs down to basement and follow the signs.



                    Open Source Desktop Publishing


                          John Jason Jordan

 Scribus is just a few years old, but has already achieved 
 most of the features of the expensive commercial desktop 
 publishing apps, and a few they don't have. If you need to 
 do fliers, brochures, or whole books, Scribus is now the 
 preferred tool.

 The presentation will start with a brief introduction to 
 some of the terms of desktop publishing, especially how to 
 get your computer to produce something that a print shop can 
 put on a press. This will include matters such as typography, 
 color management, banding and line screens, transparency, 
 imposition, and several other issues.

 Then we will spend a few minutes on an overview of Scribus, 
 how it is different from word processors, TeX, and advantages 
 and disadvantages.  This will include the basic features of 
 Scribus, including typographical controls, master pages, render 
 frames, PDF forms, PDF export options, scripting, collect for 
 output, and lots more. It will also cover how Scribus is the 
 end tool in a process that starts with other programs.

 Finally we will reproduce the PLUG flier that was created 
 in Scribus.  This will be presented on the screen showing 
 the steps and features of Scribus necessary to produce it. 
 Each member of the audience will have a paper copy of the 
 flier to assist in following the process.