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Sparxz

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When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:53:10 am »

I am using Scribus 1.4.7, & Ghostscript ver 9.22, on Kubuntu/Ubuntu  18.04.1 LTS ; Release: 18.04; Codename: bionic


When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
I have tried toggle of things like transparency etc.


I thought by upgrading from Scribus 1.4.6, would cure this, but did not.

Is there any way to fix this ?

Thanks.

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Re: When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2018, 08:44:21 am »
i fear that you're using the "file > print preview" command, which is probably not what you are looking for.

the print preview that most people are using is to be found in "view > preview mode" and through the the "eye" button at the right side of the status bar...

the "file > print preview" should be renamed, but nobody could find a better name until now...

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Re: When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2018, 03:09:46 pm »

Have been using the File Print Preview for years.
Works now on same version of Scribus 1.4.7. Win7.
Tried what you mentioned, and does not work.

It's some kind of bug rendering preview, that is carrying across two version.

Print Preview is important, particularly if using a single monitor.
Looks like I will have to install Scribus on Wine, or use only on my Windows 7  Netbook,
which would complicate my workflow.

Thanks for reply


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Re: When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2018, 04:06:17 pm »
Of course the "file > print preview" does work!

But it does not do what most people understand under "print preview".

Most of all, it does not preview the way your job will look when printed on paper by a prefessionnal printer.
(but, as an example, it helps you understand which inks might be used during the print process)

And, of course, "view > preview mode" does work on a single monitor... I've never used anything else with Scribus.

You can of course try to install Scribus on Wine, if you like that... but if you upload your .sla file, I could try to have a look at it and see why it comes out blank : - )

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Re: When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2018, 07:32:17 pm »
Using two of the Scribus example templates, one with eye icon enables, and one without.
and trying to preview.

Also tried with Scribus through Wine. Strangely the same problem.

No preview either way.

So nothing to do with SLA file.

Same version 1.4.7 works fine in Win 7.

Any ideas.


« Last Edit: September 10, 2018, 07:40:00 pm by Sparxz »

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Re: When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2018, 08:10:24 pm »
here an example how i use the preview mode:

https://webmshare.com/play/D4a5Q
(i've reuploaded the file... the previous link did not work correctly)

it just works...
« Last Edit: September 10, 2018, 09:28:17 pm by a.l.e »

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Re: When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2018, 10:27:18 pm »

Hi, I never passed much attention to the "Screen preview" (eye icon enables) you pointed out.
I thought it was just for testing eg color blindness, but now I see its value.

Over many years of versions, I was just used to 'File' -> "Print preview" feature, as generic, as used
in Apache Office/LibreOffice etc. Pity, it does not work(some bug), but at least I can fall back
on the feature you showed.

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Re: When I try to preview a document, it comes out blank.
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2018, 09:03:54 am »
thanks