may i ask you why do you want to export to png?
basically, exporting to png is not really a key feature for scribus.... so there are not that many chances that the devs will focus on it soon :-)
... and myself i wonder a bit why i should spend more time on it...
any good reason?
That's a fair question. To me, my reason is good, but I doubt many others would have exactly similar needs.
I'm currently writing a webcomic, which is located here
- it's part-animated in a Flash program, Swishmax. As I go along I'm also preparing a print version, which I compile in Scribus (I intend to crowdfund in a few months, and I want to offer the print version as a reward, and to sell at conventions and so on). Typically, I prepare the print version first, and then move on to the Flash version after I'm happy with the layout there.
When I compile the comic, I use a series of pre-prepared images as backgrounds for the text - these are scans of thick inked lines - which I arrange in Scribus until I'm happy. When I'm happy with the text, I export the inklines as a single PNG for import into Swishmax, where I rewrite the text over the lines, to ensure consistency (I used to export the text as a vector and then reimport into Swish, but this was really inefficient). Because Scribus exports non-transparent PNGs, I have to make use of Photoshop in an intermediary stage, removing all the white areas that the program has exported.
So that's the reason. As I say, it's a fairly uncommon scenario, I'm sure - but I'm fairly confident that other scenarios exist that would mean that a similar transparent PNG export would be useful. As it says in the bugs.Scribus posting
, several users have already asked for it. That said, I understand if you don't want to implement this - it is your time after all.