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« on: April 27, 2017, 04:40:45 pm »
Hello everyone,

My name is Ben - I am using Scribus to typeset my first self-published novel. On the whole, I have found it an excellent package, especially considering that it is free and it is quite intuitive but have hit a major road block. By the time I have imported 300 odd pages into story editor to add styles etc, it runs like a snail. Is it possible to format one chapter (around 20 pages) at a time and then append them all at the end? I figure that if I can do this it would drastically reduce the working time!

Any advice please?

Many thanks,

Ben C. Lawes


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Re: Newbie
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2017, 11:02:37 am »
Welcome to the forum Ben.

There can be various reasons why Scribus is running slowly.

One reason that I hear often is when machine memory is low. There's not much you can do about that unless you want to spend money.

Another reason is that you could be importing too much text into a text frame chain (linked frames). If you have a text frame chain of more than a dozen or so pages worth then Scribus could have problems. The reason for this is that every small change to the text in the chain results in Scribus having to recalculate the positions of the rest of the characters in the chained frames. For example, deleting a character/word in the first linked frame could mean that all of the text that follows it needs to be moved. The best way to try and get round this is to split the chains up into chapters. It doesn't get round the problem totally but it might make things easier.

There could be other reasons but they depend on the document itself.

One thing you can do is to create each chapter in its own smaller SLA and, after exporting each SLA to PDF, stitch the PDFs together. How you can do this depends on your operating system as different OSes have different tools available. There are loads of PDF stitching/merging utilities available for free so you just have to do a search and try some until you find one you like.

TIP: Do not use an online service, unless you're absolutely sure about them, as they can take copyright off you. Be careful.

If you want to stitch PDFs together you will need to learn how to change the default page numbers in Document Setup so that each chapter starts on the right page number. This will have to be done at the end of your workflow - and in chapter order - so you get the right page numbers and the left/right pages are correct.

It's a bit of a faff but it's certainly do-able.