Presented by

  • Kathy Reid

    Kathy Reid

    Kathy Reid works at the intersection of open source, emerging technologies and technical communities. Over the last 20 years, she has held several technical leadership positions, including roles as Digital Platforms and Operations Manager at Deakin University, managing platforms such as WordPress, Squiz Matrix and Atlassian Confluence, technical lead on projects involving digital signage and videoconferencing, and has worked as a web and application developer. More recently, she has run her own technical consulting micro-business, and been engaged on a variety of projects involving data visualisation and emerging technologies workshops. She was previously Director of Developer Relations at Mycroft.AI, an open source voice assistant startup, and President of Linux Australia, Inc, a not for profit organisation which advocates for the use of open source technologies and runs technical events such as Linux Conference Australia. She brought GovHack – the open data hackathon – to Geelong in 2015 and 2016 and in 2011 ran Geelong’s first unconference – BarCampGeelong. Kathy holds Arts and Science undergraduate degrees from Deakin University and an MBA (Computing) from Charles Sturt University, as well as several ITIL qualifications. In 2019, she is one of 16 people from across the world chosen to undertake a Masters Program in a brand new applied science at the Australian National University's 3A Institute.


Scribus is an open source desktop publishing tool, akin to Publisher or InDesign. It is a powerful, complex application that produces beautiful, professional quality layout designs, suitable for printing or PDFing. Scribus has a steep learning curve, and this can stop people from wanting to learn more about them. In this 100-minute tutorial, we will cover * Document setup, page sizes and margins * Concepts of grouping, alignment and distribution * Layout elements such as images, shapes and layering * Working with text using character and paragraph styles, and a primer on fonts * Colours for printing, and using the colour palette in Scribus * Exporting to PDF and considerations for PDF such as file size reduction Prerequisites: * Ensure that you have Scribus installed on your laptop prior to attending the tutorial