I was a graphic designer (by trade) for the last 20 years, and grew up cutting my teeth on PageMaker and Quark, eventually teaching myself InDesign and now Scribus.
I'm no longer a designer by trade; I'm an IT guy.
That being said, I still do have a customer that I do freelance work for on the side.
I take raster logos and reproduce them as a vector logo.
I've switched to FOSS and rid myself of Adobe, and there's 1 standout that I'm missing from InDesign that is sorta in Scribus, but not really.
My process (now) goes Inkscape > GIMP > Scribus whereas it used to go Illustrator > Photoshop > InDesign > Acrobat Pro (for PDF forms). [That is one area especially that Scribus kills InDesign, is on PDF forms.]
There may be a better way to do this, but this is how I've figured out to do it (thus far). If anyone has a better suggestion, please, pass it along.
My hopes in bringing this up is to either a) find a better alternative solution, or b) find out that this functionality is (hopefully) something "coming soon".
So, without further ado -
I have artwork, an 8 1/2 x 11 page with 3 copies of a single linked image.
The linked image is also 8 1/2 x 11.
The reason I do it this way is because the single image changes, but there is other information set to the right of the images (product numbers, product details).
It may not be a fully elegant solution but "it works".
I take a single PSD file and edit 3 layers to show mockups of customer product with customer logos.
Using InDesign CS2 which is arguably "free" (can of worms opened by Adobe and then retracted).
Here's my page. 3 boxes, A, B, C, different content in each.
If I want to change the linked images, I open the Links palette of InDesign.
From here, I'm going to choose to Relink... my art to point to the new file.
I've now changed 1 of my image links, leaving the other 2 alone (for now).
I can multi-select the remaining 2...
...and change them both fairly easily.
My art is now complete.
In Scribus, the solution is nowhere near as elegant.
Again, we have the same document.
Instead of a Links palette/window, I have Extras > Manage Images.
Within here, I can select one of my links, and then Search.
From the Search window, I can edit the name to reflect my new linked artwork file, like so:
I then Search, verify it is what I want (via Preview), and Select my art.
1 of my linked images has now changed.
I have to repeat these steps for the other 2, but have to do them individually. Same steps as above - search, point to new file, select.
My art is now complete.
Now, maybe there is a better way of doing this - however, I have not found it.
Keep in mind, I only want to change the linked file.
I want nothing to change in regards of the image box's size, the orientation of the linked image(s) within the box(es), or anything else. I merely want to update the art file that is linked and displayed within Scribus.
The InDesign Links palette is great, and quick and easy. The Scribus Manage Images window is, with all due respect, not.
Secondly (and less important) -
I much prefer how InDesign handles broken links on document open.
Clicking Fix Links Automatically...
Point to new file, get (brief) error/alert:
Scribus just opens and does nothing other than show you broken image link boxes.
Of course this can be fixed with Manage Images, but again - not an elegant process.
Again, I'm bringing this up in the hopes of either a) finding a better method or b) possibly "opening some eyes" to much-needed functionality.
Scribus has (thus far) been a great program and (like Inkscape and GIMP) I've found functionality here that beats the pants off what Adobe offers for a fee. However, this is definitely one of those things that I miss in Scribus. Again, I do have this workaround, but I'm hoping maybe there's a better way or maybe in 1.6, a Links palette functionality could be added.
Keep up the good work everyone, and again, please pass along any input you can provide
. I don't mean to come off as an ungrateful jerk, I just wanted to bring up this functionality that I miss.