[Novalug] Looking for linux equivalent of Microsoft Publisher
alan at patriot.net
Mon Dec 4 11:15:01 EST 2006
On Sat, Dec 02, 2006 at 09:35:47PM -0500, Art Chimes wrote:
> I have used neither Scribus nor TeX, both of which are said to be powerful
> programs with legions of fans.
In re TeX: rue fact. And I have been one of those fans since
1989, and use TeX almost any time that I have occasion to
> From what I understand, though, they may
> have a fairly steep learning curve
<G> Don't know what "steep learning curve" means. As is the case
with any powerful language/interpreter/compiler/ there is a _lot_
to learn. But the beginning steps are certainly not difficult;
General Remark: if one is into publishing something which will wind up
regularly issued -- either on paper or as a .pdf file -- you don't want a
WYSIWYG. You don't want your underlying format to change with your mood<g>.
You want a template. And TeX gives you that; so I suppose do other
Remarks about TeX:
1. TeX has been around for aeons(in computer time<g>). It is robust, it
is incredibly powerful, and is the underlying engine for lots of other
programs built on top of it; think LaTeX, think LilyPond.
2. It is free, and runs on all systems that I know about, including
all Unices; I know it runs on Macs, and I think it runs on Windoze too.
3. As I said above, it is easy to get started. I gave a dclug talk about
it many years ago, and on that occasion I put a couple of instructions and
starter templates on my web site, patriot.net/users/alan; click on
Material on TeX.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have trouble with the first steps
I indicate on my web site.
Alan McConnell : http://patriot.net/users/alan
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