- Taschenbuch: 348 Seiten
- Verlag: Packt Publishing (7. Dezember 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1849513007
- ISBN-13: 978-1849513005
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 2 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.044.173 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Scribus 1.3.5: Beginners Guide (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Dezember 2010
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Cedric Gemy is a french freelance graphic designer and training advisor (or should i say edult educator, i don' t see the difference) who lives in Rennes but travelling a lot to teach Scribus, Gimp and Inkscape. He works with those softwares since around 2003. Besides is this freelance activities, he also teach communication design in some french universities and private schools. He is an active member of Scribus and Inskcape team, involved in the user interface refactoring project of the first and in the documentation of the last. He is a creator of French Free Graphic Designer Association (AFGRAL) and FLOSSMANUALS Francophon. This is his 5th book for he already wrote two about Gimp, one published under GPL licence, one about Inskcape and one in french about Scribus.
But I bought the book because I was busy with a project that I wanted to complete. Fast. This book is not designed for that. You CAN skip chapters but only with difficulty.
There are more disadvantages:
1. The Contents-part of the book is not good enough. Only the chapters are numbered. So there is no 7.1, 7.2 etc. In the end I have made a new layout of the book myself.
2. You can't take the book to some place else and read it there. You can only read it with program and examples in hand.
In the end I managed to learn the program but that was only because I finally understood the workings of the program itself.
Let me explain that: you are probably familiar with the menubar that most programs have. File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, Table, Tools, Windows, Help.
In Scribus the most important of these menus is Windows. In other programs that is the least important one. So, if you want to learn Scribus start by looking at the commands under this menu.
Still, I have given it 3 stars. It is well written altough in a IMO unstructured style.
Man erhält eine Einführung in die wichtigesten Funktionen wie Formen, Seiten, Texteingabe usw. Dazu gibt es Beispiele und Tutorien, die man dann selbst ausprobieren kann. Zu jedem Kapitel gibt es Verständnisfragen mit einer Lösung im Anhang.
Folgendes wird gut erklärt:
- Unterschiede zwischen DTP und Textverarbeitung
- Druckvorstufe inkl. PDF und Farbverwaltung
- Grafikformate inkl. JPEG und Phostoshop
- Seitennummerierung römisch und arabisch
- Erweiterung mit LaTeX, Skripten usw.
- Verzeichnisse (Inhalt, Index, Abbildungen)
- Fuß- und Endnoten
Scribus kann anscheinend Inhaltsverzeichnisse erstellen; der Autor rät jedoch davon ab und zeigt, wie man das von Hand macht. Tabellen sind eigentlich Rahmen und deshalb nicht so einfach zu bearbeiten wie in einer Textverarbeitung.
Mit Scribus 1.4 lassen sich Inhaltsverzeichnisse nur sehr umständlich und rudimentär erstellen. Da hat der Autor Recht. Fußnoten kommen in dem Buch nicht vor, weil sie erst in der Entwicklungsversion 1.5 eingeführt werden.
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That is , very basic communication.
However, The author has done a great job of using 'reflection' to make a point & get the reader to learn something.
The book covers a lot of ground, but every chapter nicely builds on the previously introduced knowledge and its internal logical structure to increase the reader's knowledge without overwhelming them. When important concepts are introduced they are emphasized and when they are reused gentle reminders point the readers to the wider earlier exposition. Almost every concept is followed by some practical experience. This helps the reader solidify their mastery of the material being learned. Throughout the book the main goal of the author seems to be to help the reader to learn how to use the program most effectively to free them to be creative. At ever possible opportunity multiple approaches to accomplish an action are presented from the most coarse to the most precise with standard keyboard shortcuts at the end serving as a cake topping. Sometimes the advice goes a bit too far for a beginner's book suggesting that a user fire up the fontforge to add numeric glyphs to a font if their other options available to them are not satisfactory, but those instances are rare enough to be glossed over.
The style of writing feels like that of Alexandre Dumas, pere - colorful and engrossing, yet sometimes very cultural. For instance, "Have a go Hero" slogan used for the mini-exercises at the end of sections sound reminiscing of "One for all and all for one" and seems to me to be uniquely French. This brings me to my gripe about this otherwise excellent book - it just reads like a high school student's translation from a French original. The result looks like a hurried and at times literal translation effort, which causes the mind of an English reader to pause and figure out what exactly is being said time and again. Moreover, there are places where the translators (as I think Cedric wouldn't have missed something like that in the original text) have unintentionally introduced some potential traps for the unwary reader. For instance, in the "Changing font" section of Chapter 5 it says "Avoiding good fonts ensures as little trouble as possible" even though the author's likely intent was to express the opposite sentiment as the following sentences show. Whatever the reason for poor translation and underwhelming editorial effort, if someone can get over the lingual shortcomings of the book they'd be left with an excellent source of Scribus knowledge and that's what matters in the end.
Just one more thing. I didn't have a paper copy for this review. The PDF Packt sent me looked alright, but the ePub - my preferred format for enjoyable reading on a 6" Sony PRS-600 ebook I used for reading for this review - wasn't prepared nearly as well. Considering the fact that more and more people are switching from the dead tree format to eInk ebooks Packt could really get ahead of other publishers by putting more effort into preparation of the ePub files. As it is the ePub formatting looked amateurish. The images were perhaps the same ones used for the PDF as they were too small for the ePub and nearly impossible to read. Many informational inserts were broken over the page end. Every numbered list had double columns of numbers, which really should have been caught in the proofreading. Most hyperlinks ran out of the pages on any zoom level but the lowest and the Latex code ran out of the pages at every zoom level. However, in the end it was nice to have any kind of ePub, so thanks for the effort Packt!
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