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Linux / Re: How to use html for desktop publishing?
« Last post by a.l.e on January 11, 2019, 10:15:03 am »
P.S.: the original post is spam and i'll be deleting the user now.
sadly, my check for a stackoverflow post failed and i did not find the closed question that has been copied in here.
i cannot put my reply on stackoverflow (since the question is closed) and i consider the question to be on topic enough to be left in here.
if somebody wants it to be removed i'll do it...
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Linux / Re: How to use html for desktop publishing?
« Last post by a.l.e on January 11, 2019, 09:52:38 am »
i think that the short answer is : no, no way to use html and css for doing desktop publishing.

the long answer can be quite long, since many people have tried that way in the past and css 3 is supposed to help getting there.

the first name that comes to mind is of course open source publishing: http://osp.kitchen/
they have now been experimenting for years with new ways of publishing and -- as far as i know -- more recently they have been focusing on html based workflows.

this is the abstract of stéphanie's talk at the libre graphics meeting 2017:

"A moment to set up, test and discuss html2print, a set of tools developed by Open Source Publishing, to lay out printed documents using web tools (HTML, CSS, Javascript). Waiting for web browsers to implement CSS3 specs for print, html2print offers small utilities (crop marks, view as spread, checking image resolution…) to preview documents inside a page. html2print has been presented at Libre Graphics 2015."

the work she and alexandre are doing tend to be amazing. it's worth to look into it.

just a few days ago i stumbled upon "Using Web Technologies to Print a Book" (http://richardmavis.info/using-web-technologies-to-print-a-book). An interesting read by most comments seemed to agree that wkhtmltopdf does not produce work of high / acceptable typographic quality

personally, i'm setting up a workflow based on markdown (which, basically, is html + a custom simpler format inside of it), but for the real pdf, i plan to support scribus and "manual" layouting.

if i understand you correctly, you're rather looking into a GUI tool that helps you layout with html. i don't think that such a tool exists. but, as you guess from what i've written above, the whole toolchain around it is not ready, yet (so, if even such a tool would exist, you could not create good quality pdfs).
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Linux / How to use html for desktop publishing?
« Last post by Ruben129 on January 11, 2019, 06:29:33 am »
Not considering ad-hoc programs (like Adobe Indesign, the open source Scribus or word processors), it seems to me that Latex is the only markup language used for document preparation able to generate beautiful PDF documents.

I thought that HTML + CSS would make a terrific combination for the purpose. HTML can be easily generated from a mid-layer format (like markdown), a bit of programming based on classes can generate indexes and notes (and so on) and CSS can really style a page with ease. Preparing a document would turn out to be way easier than using Latex that is incredibly powerful but making something "out of the standard" is really hard.

The hard part would be getting the PDF. While there are a number of programs (also free) to get a PDF out of HTML, I can't see how to retain the concept of "page". One would write the document as a single, long HTML page and let the program split it into pages, apply footnotes, headers, page numbers...

Is there already such a program? Has anyone any idea on how to implement it? Thanks.
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Layout Issues / Booklet layout for legal paper - having trouble
« Last post by Stavrogin78 on January 10, 2019, 09:21:04 pm »
Hello! New here, and relatively new to scribus.

I'm trying to put together a 4-page flyer, with a booklet-type layout. The idea is to print it on legal (8.5x14) paper, with a single fold, producing 4 pages (am I using these terms right?).

I must be doing something wrong. For my page setup in Scribus, I created the page with the physical dimensions of the folded page - 7" wide and 8.5" high. I can print this to PDF (printing in order of pages 4,1,2,3). Then I'm trying to print in 2-up (so pages 4 and 1 print on one side of a legal sheet, flip, then print 2 and 3 on the other side).

I've been struggling with this to no end. Everything I try wants to re-size the printed page so that it doesn't actually fill the paper the way it should. Using psnup (I'm running Debian), the printed portions are always out of position, never where they should be. I cannot for the life of me make the software piece the two 7x8.5 pages onto an 8.5x14 sheet properly. It wants to either shrink them or shift them to leave a huge margin at one end of the paper and cut off the content at the other end.

I run into the same problems whether using Document Viewer (the default pdf viewer in Debian) and trying to print 2 pages per sheet, or whether I use the psutils stuff. I just cannot get it right.

Is there something i'm missing? Any hints here? I would have thought that Scribus would be able to export to PDF in 2-up right out of the gate.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Beginner Talk / Resizing Images inside Image Frame by Mouse ?
« Last post by danzzzzzz on January 10, 2019, 07:07:22 pm »
hi community

Is it somehow possible to resize an Image inside its frame by using the mouse (like in Adobe Indesign)? I don't want to change the framesize and I don't want to scale it by some numeric factor. I know there is the option to adjust frame to image and vice-versa, but thats also not, what i need.

It seems possible to rotate it with the mouse and shift , but not to resize it - which is IMHO very much more useful than rotation.  ::)
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Beginner Talk / Re: Unable to access additional drives/folders other than "C:\"
« Last post by utnik on January 10, 2019, 01:27:40 pm »
hi n2de

App is not from the Apple store or from an approved vendor. Open anyway? (and of course I said yes.)

no problem.

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“Scribus” is not optimized for your Mac…
…This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility.

no problem either. it just tells you that future operating systems might no longer support scribus 1.4.7. (this warning shouldn't appear with scribus 1.5.x – and 1.4.7 runs smooth under macOS 10.14.2 anyway…)

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Ghostscript is not installed on your system, or Scribus is not configured with the path to the software. Until this is remedied, you cannot import EPS images or use Print Preview.

if you need it, you can find ghostscript for mac here.

utnik
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Beginner Talk / Re: Unable to access additional drives/folders other than "C:\"
« Last post by N2TE on January 10, 2019, 07:02:06 am »
Utnik, looks like your suggestion to install on the Mac side worked. I installed the app on the Mac OSX side and though it gave me a few warning errors it did install and open:
~ App is not from the Apple store or from an approved vendor. Open anyway? (and of course I said yes.)
~ “Scribus” is not optimized for your Mac.  (FYI-I'm running High Sierra v10.13.5, mid 2011. Apple will no longer allow me to upgrade the OS. Machine considered obsolete by Apple.)
~ This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility.
~ Ghostscript is not installed on your system, or Scribus is not configured with the path to the software. Until this is remedied, you cannot import EPS images or use Print Preview.

I encountered no error or such advisory messages when installed on the Win7 side.

I then opened the Mac app, created a test page, and when I went to do a Save-As there were two 'top-level' choices in the left pane: "Computer" and "Volumes". When I clicked on Volumes, I DID see my shared "X:\" drive.

I then went back to the Parallels/Win7 side and re-opened Scribus there and this time when I went to do a Save-As I saw in the same left-side pane that there were still the same two choices as before, "Computer" and "Ed" (my name). However without clicking anything I immediately saw my "X:\" drive appear.  Maybe something caused the drive to be visible this time subsequent to installing and running the app on the OSX side first and then running it on the Parallels/Win7 side. I can only tell you what I encountered. Anyway, my issue on the Win7 side was solved by your suggestion to install it on the Mac side.

BTW, to answer your question, I guess the reason that I installed Scribus on the Win7 side is because that's where most of my apps reside, though I do use both OS sides on my Mac. I have 3 other Linux-Ubuntu machines running here at home and might even try installing the app there.  I'm anxious to learn more about the Scribus application and grateful that there's a nice forum here that is available as a resource for us newbies to reach out to for assistance and help. Thanks. Ed.
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Scribus forums / Re: Announce: A new Scribus community website
« Last post by a.l.e on January 09, 2019, 11:49:47 pm »
i have opened a ticket for the issues with the buttons:

https://github.com/impagina/htdocs-grav-theme/issues/2

i will try to fix it as soon as i have some free time...

martin's proposal does correct, so i only have to copy over the same behavior.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Unable to access additional drives/folders other than "C:\"
« Last post by utnik on January 09, 2019, 09:10:15 pm »
hi n2te

is there a reason, why you don't use scribus under macOS?
btw. i don't know, why parallels/win/scribus doesn't recognize your second disc…

utnik
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Beginner Talk / Unable to access additional drives/folders other than "C:\"
« Last post by N2TE on January 09, 2019, 05:56:05 pm »
I am a new Scribus user. After installing the product today I discovered that when trying to SAVE a file I can not access my second HDD. I'm running Win7-64 on my MAC using Parallels and have had no issues with accessing or sharing any folders across Win7/OSx.  (Parallels has worked wonderfully with ever imaginable program I have installed, back an forth between each OS.) I'm not sure if I did something wrong during installation.

I did do an internet search (prior to this posting) and didn't find any workable solution. One post from a number of years ago mentioned typing in the full path of the file to be saved on the shared drive but that didn't work. i.e. => X:\HD2\Eds_stuff .... etc etc etc...\My_First_Scribus_File ...  The only drives that are available (and visible) to me from Scribus when invoking "SAVE AS" is "A:\" or "C:\".  I have loads of material on my large supplemental (mapped to "X:\") HDD that I want to have access to but can't get to from Scribus.  If I can ONLY work on the C:\ drive this would be most cumbersome.  What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions? Thanks. Ed.
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