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General Discussion / Re: Scribus in a workflow? (text issues)
« Last post by dragonfly on June 21, 2018, 12:58:04 pm »
I read this thread with some interest since I have returned, after some time,  to explore Scribus fitting into a workflow/toolchain for my own purposes.  My workflow covers document and web content but the latter is optional.  I am on Ubuntu desktop.

The problem set out in workflows above is that formatting is lost when pre-authored documents are imported into Scribus.

It is encouraging to see that there is now the option of developing python scripts to extend Scribus functionality through the Scribus API.

Might I suggest another workflow to consider:

(a) Install pandoc.

(b) Suggest to multiple authors that they write their content in markdown (the lowest common denominator).

(c) Where there are already legacy pre-written documents in different formats (*.docx, *.odt etc), consider converting them back to markdown so that they can be imported into Scribus (see idea on markdown script below).

(d) Develop a Scribus script which imports from markdown into Scribus frames allowing markdown styles to be faithfully reproduced in Scribus frames (including styling).

(e) This workflow ensures that standards can be set for importing documents into Scribus.

I did some more searching and found this workflow.  This mentions pandoc and Scribus.

My next step will be to concentrate on a Scribus script which can import markdown into Scribus frames.

Then I will explore another script to convert Scribus export SVG into HTML (for web publishing option)
MacOS / Can't get ghostscript installed on macOS X
« Last post by ktappe on June 21, 2018, 07:59:43 am »
Sorry if this isn't the best place to ask, but I'm unsure where else to ask...  I've run the ghostscript 9.09 installer several times but even though it does not error out, I'm left with no gs executable anywhere on the system (verified with find / -type l -name gs -print). I'm unsure where/how to troubleshoot this, but I need ghostscript to try out Scribus. Is anyone aware of a ghostscript incompatibility with macOS X 10.12.6 and what to do about it? I've tried running the configure script both from Finder and from Terminal and, again, it seems fine. Except I get no results after it goes thru its processes. Thanks for any ideas.
Windows / Re: Scribus Document Windows Not Showing Up
« Last post by Stephen on June 20, 2018, 06:03:08 pm »
Hi a.l.e,
Thank you for filling in the missing details of my post.
Scribus forums / Re: Scribus Webpage
« Last post by a.l.e on June 20, 2018, 02:58:51 pm »
p.s.: of course, we have to modify it, so that it does not look like it's the official scribus web page.
Scribus forums / Re: Scribus Webpage
« Last post by a.l.e on June 20, 2018, 02:45:37 pm »
seeing this good proposal die out makes me sad.

as i already proposed, if the scribus team does not want to use it, i would be glad to use it for creating a user community site under .

in march i've posted a formal request in the bug tracker to use this template

it has somehow been acknowledged (and moved to the infrastructure part of the bug tracker) but no real reaction or comments.

would anybody be interested on setting up the site with me?

Windows / Re: Scribus Document Windows Not Showing Up
« Last post by a.l.e on June 20, 2018, 11:05:39 am »
thanks stephen for your contribution!

just one remark: the path suggested by utnik (/Users/'your name'/Library/Preferences/Scribus/scribus140.rc) is for scribus 1.4 and for mac os x! i guess that for scribus 1.5 on mac os x it is now something like "/Users/'your name'/Library/Preferences/Scribus/scribus150.rc" .

as you're writing, the path you're mentioning (Users /"your name"/AppData/Roaming/Scribus/) is for windows (10, and probably also for some older versions of windows).

both seem to be correct to me!
just on two different types of computers.

and since we now have most of the information here: on linux it is

/home/"user name"/.scribus/

for scribus 1.4 (and older 1.5 versions) and

/home/"user name"/.config/scribus

for the current (and future) scribus 1.5 / 1.6 versions.
Windows / SOLVED: Scribus Document Windows Not Showing Up
« Last post by Stephen on June 20, 2018, 10:05:42 am »
I'm putting this here in case it can help someone else. The document window for Scribus 1.5.4 would not show up. This post gives the solution.

I had installed Scribus 1.5.4. After opening the program it came to the New Document window, but when I chose the type of document to create it acted as though the window would open, but it did not appear on the screen. This happened whether I tried to create a new blank document or if I tried to open an existing document or a recent document. the document window would not appear on the screen. the Scribus icon was down in the toolbar and it acted as though there was an open document, but it wasn't showing.

I did some research and I came across this thread: " Topic: Document windows not visible!" the answer was given by utnik in the second message:

Re: Document windows not visible!
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2012, 09:52:33 pm »
you're right, usually this problem lies in a wrong definition for the position of the main window.

you can change this definition with a text editor in the file: /Users/'your name'/Library/Preferences/Scribus/scribus140.rc.
search for a line beginning with: <MAINWINDOW
and set the position entries to: YPOS="22" XPOS="10"

save the file and launch scribus – now the window should be visible…


However I had to revise utnik's answer to account for 6 years have passed and a few things have changed.

The location of the file has changed to this:
Users /"your name"/AppData/Roaming/Scribus/

In Scribus 1.5.4 the name of the file is scribus150.rc (I made a backup copy of the file before changing anything in it.)

I opened the file in a code editor (a text editor would probably be OK as well) I found the needed line at line 504
<MainWindow YPosition="120" Width="1437" Height="1008" Maximized="0" XPosition="1537"/>

Using Utnik's info I made these changes to YPosition and XPosition:

<MainWindow YPosition="22" Width="1437" Height="1008" Maximized="0" XPosition="10"/>

I saved the file and then when I opened Scribus and created or opened a document it showed on the screen just like it was supposed to.

Best Wishes,
Windows 10 pro
Lenovo X230
there's no text flow around an image, when the text is on top of the image.
 always keep text on a lower level (even on the same layer) than the objects it should flow around… 

Ah...I wonder if that's what I was trying to do.

I tried it again today in a completely new document, with sample text and some random images, and it worked fine.

Yes, come to think, I almost certainly did place the images first, and then the text, in the original document.

OK, thanks very much for your reply.
there's no text flow around an image, when the text is on top of the image.
 always keep text on a lower level (even on the same layer) than the objects it should flow around… 
Problems with text flow around image.  (Scribus 1.4.7 on Windows 7) - new user

Hello, and apologies if this is a FAQ.

I'm almost embarrassed to be posting this question, because up till last night, I thought I had this sussed out.
I learned how to flow text round a complicated shaped image through Kevin Pugh's (old but v.good) Youtube tutorials, if you know them (he was using an older Scribus, but still basically ok)

I'd successfully flowed my text around a "circular" image, and was feeling quite proud of myself.

However, I then wanted to  produce a 2-sided "flyer" version of the A4 poster I'd just created, adding a bit more info and different photos.

The photos were square, and I assumed it would be a piece of cake to get the text to flow around them, and was surprised when it wasn't. The images happen to be "transparent" .png's, but I don't think it's the transparency that can be causing the problem. I tried all 3 options in the "shape" menu for the image, i.e. frame, bounding box, and contour, but none of them worked. The text just went behind the image, semi-visible because of the transparency, but obviously not the effect I was going for.

For the time being, as I needed the flyers PDQ, I've just separated the images from the text, which is "ok", but not as neat looking as I'd hoped for.

Are there any obvious things I could be missing here?
Did I need to link or group the image to the text? I don't remember doing that in my previous (successful) attempt at this kind of thing (though my memory could be faulty).

I should say that at first, I had the text and the images on different levels. (EDIT: I mean "layers"!)
I tried moving them to the same level, but it didn't change the effect I was seeing. (EDIT: "layers" here too).

I should say that I've found Scribus pretty good, as a new user, although it was a bit of a steep learning curve (but the learning curve for GIMP was even steeper - I had to learn that more or less at the same time, to figure out transparent images).

BTW, I notice people seem to talk a lot about the 1.5.x versions of Scribus. As a new user, I thought I'd be better off with a "stable" version. Would it be worth trying a  development version?

(Just had a quick look at the download page, and I see it's possible to have 1.4.x and 1.5.x installed in parallel - sounds like it might be worth trying that).

Thanks in advance for any ideas, thoughts, suggestions.   :-)

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