[Techtalk] openoffice and scribus
chantal at antenna.nl
Thu Jan 31 10:43:46 UTC 2008
One my customers publishes books. We are planning to migrate to openoffice and
eventually to Linux desktops.
Writing, editing and layout are all done in Microsoft Word. At the moment a
pretty complex template is used to make sure the layout is maintained.
We have already established that it is impossible to build a template with the
same functionality for Openoffice. This is not a really big problem because
the template is not 100% user friendly, but an alternative solution is needed
before we can migrate to openoffice.
And yes I know it is possible to use Microsoft Office in a Linux environment,
but then we need a licence for crossover office and we will in time have to
spend a lot of money for an office upgrade.
So it would be nice if this can be avoided.
The person in charge of publishing has already worked with Scribus (more
information in the previous post) and she likes it. Scribus is however too
complicated for the writers, translaters and editors.
finishing a book in openoffice and the simply import it into Scribus is not a
solution because of the workflow. Writing, editing and layouting are not
done "one after the other" but can occur at the same time.
We are looking for a way to connect the data between the Writer document and
the Scribus document, or maybe a script or program that is able to translate
the Openoffice document to Scribus in combination with a simple writer
template? An extra complexity is that a lot of translaters work from home,
they may not be willing to use a Openoffice, lthough it is my personal
opionion that that is not a really great sacrifice because it's free. Someone
has told me that it is possible to install a small plugin for MS Office, with
this plugin it is possible to read documents in the open document format and
also use Openoffice templates. That may be an interesting alternative.
As you can see we are still in the brainstorming phase. Any advise on this
subject will be greatly appreciated.
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