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General Discussion / Re: Why is the styles manager not dockable
« Last post by CGood on April 29, 2017, 07:08:01 pm »
Good question, but there is a great deal of work being done on the whole interface - see:   forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,1617.0.html  to see what's going on - so I think you'll see questions like this are getting some excellent attention.
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Beginner Talk / Re: problem importing text
« Last post by FKNeedles on April 29, 2017, 04:51:54 pm »
GarryP,

Thank you so much! That worked!
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Beginner Talk / Re: Import character formatting while keeping own styles
« Last post by GarryP on April 29, 2017, 10:56:57 am »
Unfortunately, Scribus cannot currently - 1.4.6 - import character formatting from documents, it can only import some (not all) paragraph formatting. There's no way round this; it's just not possible at the moment.

Applying formatting at a frame level - where the frame is selected without any text in the frame being selected - will (and should) apply the formatting to all of the text in the frame. Frames have no text formatting. What you are telling Scribus is to apply the formatting to all of the paragraphs in the frame. Think of it as an override for all of the formatting of the text in the frame.

There's a hierarchy of how formatting is applied. Applying at a frame level (just a shortcut for "apply to all paragraphs in this frame, including linked frames") overrides paragraph formatting. Applying at a paragraph level overrides character formatting. The reverse is also true. Character formatting will override existing paragraph formatting for the selected text while paragraph formatting will override frame formatting (even though such a thing doesn't exist) for the selected paragraphs. It sounds complicated but it's quite simple once you get it.

Importing text from a word processor will destroy any existing bold and italic formatting because Scribus treats bold and italic formatting differently from how word processors do it, and with good reason. Word processors mimic bold and italic by manipulating the character glyphs on-the-fly whereas Scribus will only let you use a bold or italic variant if you have one installed. Scribus does it the proper way, word processors just mess around with the font.

This doesn't help you much but I hope it makes the situation easier to understand.
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Beginner Talk / Re: problem importing text
« Last post by GarryP on April 29, 2017, 10:29:49 am »
Welcome to the forum FKNeedles.

Text importing in Scribus can sometimes be a hit-and-miss process until you figure out the right settings for your document. The main setting you need is the "Importer" drop-down in the "Get Text" dialog.

From your post it looks like you have imported using the "Text Files" Importer. This importer simply takes what is in the file and tries to convert the contents into text. This is fine for TXT files - which only contain plain text - but not for ODT files. ODT files are not just simple text files, they have all kinds of formatting sequences in them to control how the text looks.

To import an ODT file, you should normally use the "Automatic" Importer. (The "OpenOffice.org Writer Documents" importer sometimes works but not always.) That generally works for most ODT documents.

It's worth keeping in mind that some formatting will be lost. Character formatting - as opposed to full paragraph formatting - can't yet be imported and bold and italic probably won't come through the process properly. You might also get various dialogs asking about fonts and styles but the answers to the questions posed will depend on the actual document.

Also, it's best to import in sections - chapters, etc. - so that you don't have problems later on with long text frame chains.

I hope this helps.
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Beginner Talk / problem importing text
« Last post by FKNeedles on April 29, 2017, 02:06:26 am »
So far, I’m having a really difficult time importing text into Scribus. The only way I’ve been able to do this is to open the “Edit Text” window in Scribus, and cut and paste directly from my document one page at a time.

I’m self-publishing a book of poetry with lots of line breaks, various indentations, and titles.

I downloaded Scribus, because I want my self-published books to have a more professional look.

I’ve been looking around on YouTube, and reading lots of great articles on this forum, and I’ve learned a lot… but I can’t seem to find anything specifically relating to my problem.

I downloaded LibreOffice because of the comments here.

I open Word document with LibreOffice, and save the file with an .ODT extension.

Then I create a Text Box in my Scribus file, then I click on: File – Import – Get Text – (Then here I pick the ODT extension file I’m trying to import into Scribus) and it imports of bunch of gibberish that looks like this:

PK####J^2 ''#mimetypeapplication/vnd.oasis.opendocument.textPK####J2.   
#Thumbnails/thumbnail.pngPNG
^
IHDR###߃r#7PLTE#####
#@#@%##% |+#^&#^-^#-##&##3#&9|(7#,;)##"!#("^1$@$()*'&&,;</! .A&3E4AR8AQ>J]C3'@5*L9'L:)A;0D?AJ@8]L:DDDFGJJIGGMREMYTL@

So then I tried: Page – Import – Select – (I pick the .ODT file I want to import) and at this point, a little “blue wheel” spins as if it’s trying to import, but nothing happens… I’ve left it alone for over 15 minutes and longer, and nothing happens…

My questions:

What am I doing wrong?
Can I import more than one page at a time?
With poetry, I can see that I’ll have to work with every single page anyway, however when I start importing prose, I’d like to be able to do large blocks of text at a time.

Thanks for your help. And thanks for this great forum. Sorry if I’m asking really basic stuff that’s already been covered, I can’t seem to find a post that covers my problem exactly.
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Layout Issues / Deleted custom template, "Own Templates" category vanished
« Last post by SanityOrMadness on April 28, 2017, 02:27:00 pm »
I deleted a custom template via the file system from /home/(username)/.scribus/templates since I couldn't find a way to do it from Scribus [on Linux Mint 17.3, FTR], and now, regardless of where I set the template folder to or how many custom templates I save, the "Own Templates" category has gone from the New From Template window and will not come back.

Any advice?
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Beginner Talk / Import character formatting while keeping own styles
« Last post by Eneen on April 28, 2017, 12:17:17 pm »
Hi,

I'd like to import bold/italic direct character formatting only. I've searched for solution but can't find any. So:
- all styles are imported with odt and that makes mess inside my file
- when I import odt without styles no character formatting is imported
- when I apply paragraph style to frame all character formatting is lost

I see here some kind of two steps workaround:
- import text to fresh file, clean styles keeping bold/italic only
- paste text into main file after applying paragraph style to frame

Currently I have to do all formatting manually and it can be really tedious and error prone task.
I get all my text in odt format but files can be formatted in way I ask and in different file format (allowed by libreoffice export)
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Beginner Talk / Re: Text ending symbol
« Last post by steven8 on April 28, 2017, 12:07:31 pm »
@GarryP: nice hack! Sadly, as with new paragraph you also add line, so when you drag frame over last line to align all lower lines you get overflow text mark and dot disappears.

@utnik: yep, that way I need style for every column width. Fortunately this is my case.

@steven8: idea was to do it really automatically. I compose newspaper where lots of changes are involved, so manual ways are no-go.

Thank you all!

Well, you never know until you suggest.  I honestly can't think of a way to automate that sort of thing.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Text ending symbol
« Last post by Eneen on April 28, 2017, 11:39:15 am »
@GarryP: nice hack! Sadly, as with new paragraph you also add line, so when you drag frame over last line to align all lower lines you get overflow text mark and dot disappears.

@utnik: yep, that way I need style for every column width. Fortunately this is my case.

@steven8: idea was to do it really automatically. I compose newspaper where lots of changes are involved, so manual ways are no-go.

Thank you all!
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Beginner Talk / Re: Basics
« Last post by GarryP on April 28, 2017, 11:10:11 am »
I'm not sure about an X-box in the bottom left-hand corner of the frame but when you see an X-box in the lower right-hand corner of the frame it means that there is text that can't be displayed because the frame isn't big enough (or, looking at it the other way, the text is too big).

To stop this - if this is the case - you need to either make the text frame bigger (not always an option), make the font size smaller (again, not always an option), or link two text frames together so that the text flows from one frame to the next.
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