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the boat has sailed, 1.5.3 is stable enough to be used and people are using it.
we had a very similar situation in the 1.3.x branch, long before 1.4 was released... and it's at that time that i've stopped insisting when people want to use the development version during the very long stabilization phase.

With respect, I'd say that 1.5.3 is stable-ish. I wouldn't consider it production-ready. There are very compelling reasons to use it, including being able to drag images into a Scribus document from a folder in the file system. That is a must-have.

But the extreme slowness I experienced in moving and adjusting images, inability to move along a constrained axis...those are deal-breakers because they slow the software and workflow to the point of unusability.

Imagine taking the best part of 30 minutes to position an image and hoping you don't have to move it later.

I feel that the Scribus developers are working on something outstanding in 1.5.3 and when it's stable, I'll be there.
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MacOS / Re: Font question, new Mac 1.4.6 install
« Last post by GarryP on November 17, 2017, 05:48:11 pm »
You're welcome.

Glad to hear it's all sorted.

TIP: When you're scrolling through the fonts, if you have SHIFT or CTRL pressed down when you use the scroll-wheel on your mouse you will scroll by "page of fonts" rather than by single fonts. Sometimes it makes it easier to scroll through a lot of fonts.
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MacOS / Re: Font question, new Mac 1.4.6 install
« Last post by dave9988 on November 17, 2017, 05:38:34 pm »
Thanks for the response!

I went into the font manager, verified the path for the fonts, went back to Sribus and ... they were there and available!  So either I'm just getting old and my vision is worse than I thought, maybe the scrolling isn't as smooth as I'm used to, or they magically appeared?! 

Sadly, it seems to me that of those possible causes, the most logical is related to my age.  Because I really didn't change anything, so I feel a bit sheepish.  Working with texts & changing fonts does seem a little quirky, but I am up and running.

I'll be sure to check out "Extras -> Font Preview..."

Thanks again.
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MacOS / Re: Font question, new Mac 1.4.6 install
« Last post by GarryP on November 17, 2017, 11:48:39 am »
Welcome to the forum dave9988.

Ghostscript has nothing to do with fonts. Scribus only uses it for certain functions. See here https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/OS_X_-_Installing_Scribus_on_your_Mac_the_easy_way (the "Installing Ghostscript" section) for a quick overview.

Scribus only allows you to use fonts that behave in certain ways. It can use OTF and TTF (and PS, I think) but they have to be created "properly". A lot of fancy fonts are created just to be used in simple ways for posters and the like and they don't contain all of the features that Scribus needs to properly use them. If Scribus doesn't think it can use them fully then it will not allow you to use them at all. This can seem a bit restrictive but it is saving you from having all kinds of weird problems down the line.

The amount of fonts that Scribus installs - and whether it installs anything is dependant on the OS - is very small. It's unlikely that you would notice them.

You can get a font preview via menu "Extras -> Font Preview...". It's basic but usable but you still have to come away from your normal workflow to see what the fonts look like, rather than seeing what they look like in the font selection drop-downs (like in many other applications).

If you have fonts installed anywhere other than the standard location you can use "File -> Preferences / Fonts / Additional Paths" to add extra paths to installation folders. (Close all open documents first.)

You can also put a "single use" font in the same folder as your SLA document to use it without installing it.

Having said all that, I can't remember having many font problems with Scribus on my old Mac. If you can give a selection of fonts that you can't see in Scribus with a link to where you got them from I'm sure someone can have a look and see what the problem is.
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Layout Issues / Re: Vertical Hanging Wall Calendar for MagCloud
« Last post by utnik on November 17, 2017, 07:04:18 am »
hi peter

but am wondering how I would select and rotate all document content at once.

afaik you can't.
but depending on the look of your final spreads, you might like to see the open calendar while working on it anyway.

if it's a bit more complex than an image at the top page and the calendar tables at the bottom one, i would probably work with a single page layout in the size of the open calendar (one final calendar spread is a single page of the working file), export it as an intermediate .pdf file and rotate it with a tool like jpdftweak.
the rotated file could then be placed in image frames spread over the double pages of a second scribus document (double pages with the final page size, binding on the left side for the rotated content…)

but in fact, i neither know what your calendar should look like, nor what magCloud asks for.

…it might be a good idea to file a feature request for a top binding option…

utnik
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Beginner Talk / Re: Constrain axis while moving objects?
« Last post by dezcat on November 17, 2017, 03:42:11 am »
It does. I'd been using the "daily build."

The regular production-ready version, 146, does work properly in that regard.
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Layout Issues / Re: Vertical Hanging Wall Calendar for MagCloud
« Last post by 24Peter on November 16, 2017, 07:03:37 pm »
hi peter

afaik scribus doesn't support top binding.
you have to rotate the whole content 90°

…is it a single page or doubled sided setup?

double sided – think of it as a normal book (binding on the left, content rotated to the left…)

utnik

Hi utnik - thanks for your reply. You and GarryP are always very helpful. Is there a way to rotate all content in the calendar to the left at once? I'm familiar with selecting all items on a page using Shift> select, but am wondering how I would select and rotate all document content at once. Thanks again.
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MacOS / Font question, new Mac 1.4.6 install
« Last post by dave9988 on November 16, 2017, 06:40:11 pm »
I installed the stable 1.4.6 version last night on a mac (10.12).  Got past the gate-keeper, no issues.  I did not install Ghostscript.

I then generated a quick test page, shared it with my printer, he's good with the bleeds, resolution, etc.  So that's all promising!

My questions are around fonts ... I know that there are a lot more fonts available on other programs I run on my Mac than what I see in Scribus.  Does Scribus only recognize existing TT fonts?  Does it only include those that came in the install package?  Most of what's available out of the box looks to be fairly "plain," and I'm looking for a fairly "clean" (not overly fancy) calligraphic font. 

Also, I don't see any sort of font "preview" until I've already used it in the text box.  I guess that's OK if I know ahead of time what font I'm looking for, but it seems rather odd.  Maybe I missed something (ghostscript?) that would remedy that.

Not sure if I have to find/downlaod/install something, or if Scribus can use other fonts that are already residing "somewhere" on my Mac.  For clarification, I've never intentionally installed a font on this Mac, anything currently on it either came with the OS or one of few Apps I've installed.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Advice for Newbie on printing and PDF outputs inc CMYK
« Last post by veronicathecow on November 16, 2017, 02:37:47 pm »
Thanks utnik, I will give it a go like that and have a play. So many factors and so many combinations but hopefully with everyones help I can get some good results.
Cheers
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Layout Issues / Re: Vertical Hanging Wall Calendar for MagCloud
« Last post by utnik on November 16, 2017, 01:25:43 pm »
hi peter

afaik scribus doesn't support top binding.
you have to rotate the whole content 90°

…is it a single page or doubled sided setup?

double sided – think of it as a normal book (binding on the left, content rotated to the left…)

utnik
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