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veronicathecow

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Joining many .sla in to one file
« on: September 06, 2018, 03:03:11 am »
Hi, I create a small charity mag of 40 pages. The first time I made one I did the whole thing as one .sla file but there were problems with making mistakes and load times of the files. So this time I did it as lots of smaller .sla files (1-4 pages long)
I tried to merge them all with File, New, Page, Import, From document, Select, Open .sla file.
When I tried this it comes up with the error "Found nothing to import"
Any help much appreciated.
I am running on PCLinuxOS x64 KDE
Scribus Version 1.4.7
28 April 2018
Build ID: C-C-T-F-C1.15.12-64bit
Using Ghostscript version 9.22

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Re: Joining many .sla in to one file
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2018, 10:50:51 am »
page > import > select > open is indeed the right way to do it...

the question is what is in the .sla file you tried to import...

but you have to say which pages you want to import... if you have 10 pages you will write 1-10
and you probably have to ask scribus to create the needed pages...

i've tested here with a demo document and it worked...

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Re: Joining many .sla in to one file
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2018, 10:23:33 pm »
Hi, thanks for your reply. I have managed to get the first 4 pages imported fine, but a file of pages 5 and 6 just brings in page 6, pictures only and none of the text from either page (tried twice)
Also tried it with another page but ti does the same

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Re: Joining many .sla in to one file
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2018, 10:29:46 am »
if you're confident that there might be a bug somewhere, please upload the file to the bug tracker (https://bugs.scribus.net).
you can mark it as private if prefer that only the developers can see it (but in that case fewer eyes will see it... of course)

the best option being that you upload in here your file...

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Re: Joining many .sla in to one file
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2018, 10:24:23 am »
Hi a.l.e I will do that, many thanks.

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Re: Joining many .sla in to one file
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2018, 06:44:15 pm »
I have a draft of a book in which the different chapters are in different .sla files. I copy the styles and master pages to all - I have learned to make a template doc with the styles and master pages which I open and do "save as" when I start a new chapter.
In the doc setup menu, I can set the starting page number for each chapter. This would work with any project divided into reasonable sections. 
Then I export each chapter individually to pdf and use a pdf-editing tool to merge the pdfs into one. The resulting merged PDF is fine to print from.

My only complaint is that when I copy anything from one of these files into another (say I decide something belongs in a different chapter) it imports the same styles from the other doc (all the styles being the same) and re-names them Style-1_copy (etc.) and so, if I do much of this, pretty soon I have to edit the styles and get rid of all the duplicates. So I copy first to a text editor which strips the styles out and then recopy into Scribus, an extra step, but it saves the time and annoyance of editing the styles all the time.

Trying to merge all the files within Scribus is something I have had no luck with because anything over about 40 pages takes too much memory for my computer. There are plenty of weird buggy things in Scribus (but the primary functions all work fine and well enough that I don't complain much) but so far I have found my own workarounds for everything, one way or another (even if time-consuming), and I respect the fact that it is a work in progress, free, generous, and not perfect, and if there are a few things that are broken or don't work right, it makes sense to look for the most immediate workaround and just do it.

 

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