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Beginner Talk / Re: Printing
« Last post by Map on June 16, 2017, 01:06:22 am »
Thank you for responding. Yes I did create the pdf as you suggest. I will read the manual and see if that suggests anything. Failing that, I will impose again and seek help.
Best regards,
General Discussion / Re: Baffled: old files won't open
« Last post by apbschmitz on June 15, 2017, 10:31:09 pm »
Resolved. Too dumb to explain.
General Discussion / Baffled: old files won't open
« Last post by apbschmitz on June 15, 2017, 08:08:04 pm »
I'm stymied. On a MacBook Air running El Capitan I have a series of files for the 12-page tabloid newspaper we publish every two months. I tried to open a number of the old files today using Scribus version 1.4.6, which has worked smoothly for the past year. Today none of the old files will open. The properties window comes up, and I get a spinning wheel that starts in color and then changes to two shades of blue. After a while it stops and except for the Properties window, there's nothing. If I click/hold on the Scribus icon in the app bar, and then select Show All Windows, the first page of the document will display. But if I try to move to the next page, the document disappears. If I go up to Window in the menu bar, and select the file I'm trying to open, I get the message "The document is already in use. You'll be switched into its window now." But if I select OK in this dialogue box, I go back to an empty screen with the Properties window displayed. Nothing changes after restarting, or after reinstalling Scribus, or after closing all other apps. Ideas?
Beginner Talk / Re: Printing
« Last post by a.l.e on June 15, 2017, 10:23:13 am »
hi map

how are you creating your pdf?

with "file > export > save as pdf"?

you're welcome to read as an introduction to scribus...

Beginner Talk / Re: Printing
« Last post by utnik on June 15, 2017, 01:31:29 am »
hi map

…Would someone be kind enough to tell me what I am doing wrong…

it's not easy to tell you what went wrong without access to your file…

Beginner Talk / Printing
« Last post by Map on June 14, 2017, 11:42:28 pm »
Hello from another beginner.
I am trying to compile an illustrated catalogue and have so far managed to create an A4 page with text and images which I can use as a basis for learning.
As I have no publishing experience, I have to see a printed page, before I am happy.
However, when I print it, either directly or using pdf, the content sits in the upper left hand corner and is reduced to one quarter of the A4 sheet.
The pdf version is exactly the same but lacks the images.
Would someone be kind enough to tell me what I am doing wrong.
Thank you
User Interface / Re: A suggestion to improve exporting files
« Last post by utnik on June 14, 2017, 07:10:58 am »
hi rempro

go to 'settings' → 'preflight verifier' and check the box 'check for visible/printable mismatch in layers' – then you should see your warning…

User Interface / A suggestion to improve exporting files
« Last post by rempro on June 14, 2017, 01:52:15 am »
I am working on a orchestra method book for a school in Malaysia. I have many layers, including English text, Malay text, and layers for each different instrument. I export large PDF files to Malaysia, via dropbox, where the methods are printed locally. Even though I know that the enable print box has to be selected, I have neglected to do so enough times that I would benefit from a warning when I am exporting. I also know that turning on Print Mode would also reveal my negligence, but this is an ongoing project with lots of uploads and sometimes the delay switching in and out of Print Mode is an annoyance.

My suggestion is this: provide a simple notice when exporting the file such as “You have one or more visible layers that have print disabled.” For people who regularly have notes or other information that they need to see, but not print, make a "don't show this warning again" option. For me that would be an extremely rare circumstance and should it occur I can check OK and proceed, otherwise I can click CANCEL and enable the appropriate print layer. Seems like that will take a few seconds rather than the minutes-to-hours it takes to discover the mistake and then replace every file in an already exported set of very large documents!

On the other hand, maybe this already exists and I don't know about it!
Beginner Talk / Re: Color management
« Last post by Nermander on June 13, 2017, 10:38:21 pm »
As far as I know all .deb package managers allow you to "freeze" a version of an application.

Beginner Talk / Re: Color management
« Last post by Ruud on June 13, 2017, 09:20:29 pm »
Here the comments of my helper:

All of the following was done on an up-to-date Linux Mint 18.1 (amd64).

Mint indeed uses the ubuntu packages and takes most of its software from the ubuntu repo's. This is true for scribus, at least:

$ apt-cache showpkg scribus
Package: scribus
1.4.6+dfsg-2ubuntu0.1 (/var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_xenial-updates_universe_binary-amd64_Packages)
 Description Language:
                 File: /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_xenial_universe_binary-amd64_Packages
                  MD5: b9d4fea57ce9587e9ebbeb5ad30011e4
(more of the same)

1.4.6+dfsg-2 (/var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_xenial_universe_binary-amd64_Packages)
 Description Language:
                 File: /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_xenial_universe_binary-amd64_Packages
                  MD5: b9d4fea57ce9587e9ebbeb5ad30011e4
(more of the same)

Adding the Scribus PPA to the local apt sources has little effect, the PPA itself lists the "scribus" package as "Newer version available", making apt install scribus still take the package from the ubuntu repo's.

Manually downloading the .deb files for both scribus and scribus-data from the PPA does work. The fiddly bit for unexperienced users being that this requires the removal of both packages from the system before the package thingy allows you to install the package, for which it warns that it's an older version than is available in the repo's. After installing this, though, starting scribus and opening the preferences does show the color management settings section. I personally have no idea what I'm supposed to be seeing there, but I gather just having that section was the problem in this thread.

The same thing goes for the scribus-ng package, but I'm guessing the reason for this is the same.

One annoying detail with this solution is that the package manager will keep thinking there's a newer version in the repo's, marking scribus for update everytime the user is prompted to install them. Installing that update will break the color management again.

If the packages from the ubuntu repo's work with ubuntu but not with mint, it would seem some difference in the way ubuntu and mint create / package some other component in the system throws scribus off. I wouldn't know how to debug this, but I can reproduce the symptom and fix on a second mint system (also 18.1 and amd64).

Hope this info brings you guys a step closer to a (hopefully simple) solution for the curious behaviour in mint.

As for now, I'm out of town for a few days, so do not expect a swift reaction on your posts.......

Kind regards
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