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General Discussion / Re: Automated workflow
« Last post by a.l.e on March 13, 2019, 10:45:49 am »
with the very few information you're giving, it's impossible to tell if scribus is the right solution for you.

likely not, but it's hard to say.

first, scribus is geared towards an interactive use.
automatic workflows are only an aftermath.

scribus does have python scripting with a rather big API, but it does not provide everything for managing the layout in an automatic way.
but scribus is open source, so you're welcome to add the commands you're missing. most of the time, adding new commands is straight forward, when you have have understood the basics (some standard boilerplate + copying the implementation from the GUI)
PDF Generation / Re: Prefix Plus
« Last post by dcollins on March 13, 2019, 05:25:04 am »
I fixed this with a custom format script. But if anyone knows a more elegant way (some built-in option), I'd love to hear that.
PDF Generation / Laggy field script update
« Last post by dcollins on March 13, 2019, 04:28:17 am »
Making an interactive PDF form: (A) I have a series of ~40 numeric fields, (B) I have a field that computes the sum of those fields in A, and (C) I have a field that presents another number, being a JavaScript switch based on B (an if-then script with 4 different range cases).

If (filling out the PDF form in Adobe Acrobat) I update one or more fields in A, then the sum field B is immediately updated, but the tertiary switching field C is not. Only if update some other field of A (even filling in zero (0)) does C finally recognize the change to B and update. It exhibits this laggy behavior (need to touch one extra field) whether the sum B is being adjusted up or down.

Anything obvious I've done wrong to cause this? Any idea to fix this laggy field update?
PDF Generation / Re: Default style for PDF form fields
« Last post by dcollins on March 13, 2019, 03:22:52 am »
Thank you for posting your workaround! I was having the same problem, and this definitely solves it.
General Discussion / Automated workflow
« Last post by ghesling on March 13, 2019, 01:07:09 am »
Apologies if this is an obvious question, but I'm not a graphic designer and our use case appears to be an edge case in desktop publishing.  We don't publish data, we format data to be published.  That is, every day we take weather, stocks, TV listings, etc. and put it into a client-specific template, review and approve the result and send the final copy to the client for publication.  Rinse and repeat.  We may have to manually tweak a few things (cut some copy, add a photo, etc.) but our process is so automated that each deliverable gets < 5 minutes of review.  The current system custom-built system is well past its use-by date and I'm hoping Scribus could manage, or at least be part of, this workflow.

I see Scribus has command-line scripts, and I could use another tool to orchestrate the overall process, but I don't know how (or if) Scribus can merge today's data with the client's template. 

Thanks in advance.
Beginner Talk / Re: Adding bleed
« Last post by mnawij on March 12, 2019, 11:55:45 pm »
In the U.S. standard bleed is .125" (1/8") beyond the document size.


Beginner Talk / Re: Adding bleed
« Last post by nuthnbutnet on March 12, 2019, 09:14:59 pm »
I'm thinking of starting over again. Is there a recommended bleed setting, as far as measurement?
Beginner Talk / Re: Adding bleed
« Last post by a.l.e on March 12, 2019, 06:38:52 pm »
normally, one is supposed to setup the bleeds at the beginning of the project...

for existing documents, you can set the bleed in file > document settings > document (the default section) and look for the "bleeds" tab.

but you'll probably have to resize all the affected images after that...
Beginner Talk / Adding bleed
« Last post by nuthnbutnet on March 12, 2019, 03:38:12 pm »
I created a set of brochures/documents and forgot to account for bleed. Is there a setting that automatically increases the page size and adds crop marks for the printer or do I have to do it manually?
Beginner Talk / Re: Resizing Images inside Image Frame by Mouse ?
« Last post by RodneyLee on March 12, 2019, 01:49:53 pm »
use image properties to scale images inside frames, it's all there.
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