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Text and Typography / Re: Clipping and skewing text
« Last post by GarryP on July 21, 2017, 03:27:31 pm »
I use another application that allows clipping/cropping of anything - including text - and it can produce PDFs just fine so I don't think it's got anything to do with the PDF specifications. (See attached file for a very crude and quickly-knocked-together example.)

I'd say that this issue was more about how Scribus does what it does.
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Vector graphics and postscript / Re: Import vector file --> folder shows no files
« Last post by GarryP on July 21, 2017, 03:13:31 pm »
Welcome to the forum Taartsel.

As you're new to Scribus I would recommend that you use the stable 1.4.6 version instead of the developmental 1.5.x versions, unless you really need some of the extra features which might not work properly anyway.

1.4.6 runs just fine on Windows 10 and has no problem with importing vectors (except those that use features that Scribus doesn't support).

P.S. Any SLA files you have created in 1.5.3 won't be "openable" in 1.4.6.
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PDF Generation / Re: problems with faded CMYK color
« Last post by GarryP on July 21, 2017, 03:02:54 pm »
I don't use colour management myself but I would say that unless your workspace is properly lit, and you have a very good monitor that can be properly characterised/calibrated (or whatever) by someone who knows what they're doing, then you should probably keep CM switched off.

Unless you're totally sure that the colour on your screen is the exact colour that you want then how do you know if it's going to be the right one when it's been printed? And a colour displayed on a screen will look different printed on different paper stock too, e.g. matt vs. gloss.

Also, most monitors have an issue in most normally lit rooms where you can see the same colour as different shades when you move your head around, so which of those shades is the correct one?

flomman, If I was you I would go along with the previous posters and just keep CM switched off unless it becomes a big problem.
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Facts:
* We've had two different versions of Scribus for at least 18 months;
* As far as anyone outside the team knows, this situation isn't going to change any time soon;
* People in the forums are having to try and support - at least - two (essentially) different applications;
* The users don't really know which version they should choose;
* Bug fixes that should have been applied to 1.4.6 are being held back;
* I am getting tired of hearing "that's been fixed in 1.5.x".

Opinions:
* Scribus is looking less like a "supported application" and more like a "developer plaything";
* The team needs to stop adding new features to software which - as far as anyone knows - has no actual release date;
* Any unstable features should be ripped out until they can be added at an appropriate time;
* The latest developmental version needs to be put in such a state that it can be released as stable;
* The team should then concentrate on adding one new feature at a time and releasing new versions more frequently.

Opinionated Conclusions:
* Supporters of the project are frustrated;
* Users are confused;
* There's no end in sight;
* Unless the team gets itself sorted out, Scribus is going to start looking like a bad joke.

I don't really have much more to say on this matter.
I know a lot of people will disagree with at least some of what I said above but that's up to them.

The team really needs to work out how to fix this situation or I can see a lot of Scribus users - both actual and potential - walking away in disgust, and that will be a real shame.
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Vector graphics and postscript / Import vector file --> folder shows no files
« Last post by Taartsel on July 21, 2017, 12:30:02 pm »
Hello!
I'm new using Scribus and I come from using Adobe Indesign for a long time. I really enjoy Scribus so far, but I'm running into some trouble importing vector files. Whenever I try to import a vector file using "File - Import - Get vector file..." I can click the "My documents" folder, but when clicked on that the directory shows me nothing, not even any folder within the "My documents" folder. This prohibits me from opening/importing the vector file.

I'm using Scribus 1.5.3 on Windows 10 and the file I'm trying to import is a .svg file (but I've also got a .ai copy of it).

Does anyone know if there is another way to import a vector file or if there is something I can do to fix the empty folder issue?

Thanks in advance!
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PDF Generation / Re: problems with faded CMYK color
« Last post by Nermander on July 21, 2017, 10:05:24 am »
I tried to learn color management some years ago and my conclusion was that it is so compliacated they you should try to avoid it unless absolutely necessary.

The hard part is not to turn it on and make it work, the hard part is to verify that it works as intended.
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus 1.6 - even a rough "guessimate" would be wonderful
« Last post by a.l.e on July 21, 2017, 10:03:18 am »
hi spiralbound,
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i understand your ... [sorrows, question, ...] very well.

i'm a developer of scribus but not part of the scribus team and i have no (direct) influence in setting deadlines or goals for scribus.

i would say that there is no chance for a 1.6 release in 2017.
all the rest depends on so many things that it's hard to say anything, until the team's police sticks to "it's ready when it's ready".

after 1.6 is released, i can only suggest the team to get rid of the stable / development releases and go for a branches model with regular releases every 6 months or once a year. (when a branch is ready it gets integrated into the trunk and released at the next deadline).
with a such a model, people interested in the feature can help the specific branch to be stabilized and integrated in the trunk and KNOW that it will then be integrated at a KNOWN date in the stable release.

(this cannot be done with 1.6, since there are several unstable features that should be stabilized first)

until such a change (the one i suggest or any other change...) is made, the plans for a stable release will stay as uncertain as they are now.
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Text and Typography / Re: Clipping and skewing text
« Last post by Nermander on July 21, 2017, 10:01:56 am »
Yes, I was thinking that it mainly has to to with how glyphs are rendered in a PDF. A glyph is drawn by referring to the font, and in the font the glyph is complete. There is most likely no support in the PDF format to allow for only partially drawing a glyph.

I think the only way to solve this is to convert the text to outlines and clip the lines explicitly. Which our course means there is no good way of doing this dynamically.
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Text and Typography / Re: Clipping and skewing text
« Last post by a.l.e on July 21, 2017, 09:54:05 am »
as far as i can tell, the problem is not what cairo can do and what the UI exposes but:

- what the scribus shapes can do and (most of all)
- what the pdf specifications allow.

as far as i know, (most) pdf versions do not allow clipping, so it makes little sense for scribus to work hard on getting a clipped object into scribus: at the end, it won't be able to correctly include it in the pdf.

on the other side, it would be wonderful if inkscape could resolve the clipping and export an svg that only contains the visible part of the svg...
or do you have evidences that say otherwise?
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Beginner Talk / Re: Flip pages horizontally
« Last post by mnawij on July 21, 2017, 05:07:09 am »
Good day to you.

I do not believe that Scribus can do this, I would say that this would have to be a custom script created within the .pdf file to achieve this outcome or to use an app such as this:

http://anyflip.com/

***I have never used this app, I just found it through a google search!***

mnawij
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