Author Topic: How do I preview a new style?  (Read 2255 times)

litlfrog

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How do I preview a new style?
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:23:19 pm »
Looks like I have lots of choices to customize a style in the Style Manager, but how do I know what I'm choosing? Past versions of Scribus seemed to have a checkbox in the Style Manager to preview the style you're working on. Does anything like that still exist? Thanks.

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Re: How do I preview a new style?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 06:46:01 pm »
Bump. This must have come up before, especially because it's an ability that the program USED to have. Am I in the wrong window or something? If I'm creating a new style--changing fonts, sizes, leading, etc.--doesn't it make sense that I'd want to see what the change would look like?

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Re: How do I preview a new style?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 07:10:49 pm »
Hi Litlfrog,

If you don't get an answer here, try asking on the Scribus mailing list: scribus@lists.scribus.net. It seems to be a bit more active than the forum.

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Re: How do I preview a new style?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 02:55:56 pm »
i think to recall that there was such a preview, yes...

it has probably be removed because it was not reliable...

imo, the better solution is to implement "create/update a style based on selection" from the canvas, then to add a preview in the style manager...

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Re: How do I preview a new style?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012, 08:37:53 pm »
*sigh* OK, I guess it's just trial and error then. This is for a work project, and the boss isn't going to spring for a copy of InDesign anytime soon. I just wish there were a better way to handle adjustments to text styles.

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Re: How do I preview a new style?
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2012, 10:34:19 am »
litlfrog,

i agree that it's not a good situation... scribus has been created by pre-press people who are used to work with a style guide and know by heart what setting has which effects.

personally, when i'm in your case, what i do is to format a bunch of text in a frame and then write down (or make a screenshot) of all the settings and then retype them as a style.

a little better than just try and error...

... and yes -- again -- create / update style from selection would be so helpful here :-)