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Text and Typography / Re: Newbie: How to vertically align text in text box
« Last post by deonholt on February 21, 2018, 05:44:58 pm »
hi deon

I need to vertically align text to center position of text box.

with the officially 'stable' program version (1.4.6) you can't do this.

with scribus 1.5.3 there is a way – but at the moment still with some problems.
  • you'll have to create a 'blind element' (an invisible square in the size of your text frame) for your alignment
  • right click the text frame and select 'adjust frame height to text' (as long as this bug isn't solved you need to readjust the height manually…)
  • with 'windows' → 'align and distribute' you can center the text frame on your 'blind element'
as soon as the bug is resolved, this should be a way to do the job…

utnik
Thank you so very much. This is exactly what I want. I have downloaded 1.5.3 and will give it a try. I have done this with PS to align objects and will try the same here.

Thank you very much.
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Features / Document Protection: Version control and User role management
« Last post by medical-hero on February 21, 2018, 05:20:55 pm »
Hi,

I mostly work alone but I wish a solution for better workflows in teams. It is really hard to share this documents for collaboration. This is for small groups essential. Many small clubs have a magazine for members or the typical yearbooks for students. In addition there are magazines for celebrations like weddings or graduation. Most of them are made with Microsoft Word or something similar - a word-processor. Desktop publishing is too hard for many people. You have to install a software that you need just for that one task. And then you see options you never heard of before. So it is easier to use an online editor like canva or lucidpress. But we want a full-fledged solution for professionals and easy to use for anyone at the same time!

So I considered that it would great if Scribus could protect the documents from editing or parts of it. Anyone can fill in their written texts and see if it fits or not the available space. If you give the articles to the editor-in-chief as text file you don't know anything until feedback. If it is needed you can edit the text but you can't edit the styles because the password protected lock.

After seeing it in Viva Designer I recommend a simple but powerful User role management based on Wordpress:
1. Administrator or editor-in-chief: all possible rights
2. Editor: Editors can create, edit and delete texts, images, sections and pages, moderate comments
3. Author/Contributor: Authors can create, edit and delete texts, images and pages as well as add comments. Somebody who can't publish or export except text and low resolution.
4. Subscriber or reader: Only reading/proofreading and if enabled adding notes/comments.

Rights that can be enabled or disabled per User group:
Document
Allow Save, Allow Save As, Allow Import, Edit Document Settings, Edit Preferences, Edit Colors, Edit Style Sheets, Create Master Pages, Duplicate Master Pages, Edit Master Pages, Delete Master Pages

Output
Allow Export (in General), Allow Export As PDF, Allow Export As EPS, Allow Export As Image, Allow Export As SVG, Allow Export As Text, Allow High Resolution Output

Layout & Content
Edit Objects (in General), Move Objects, Stretch Objects, Modify Objects, Create Objects, Delete Objects, Manage Pages, Manage Sections, Edit Text, Edit Pictures, Edit Tables

Toolbars & Palettes
Every Toolbar and Palette has to be locked/disabled and/or hidden if needed

Revision Management
Comparison and composition of the shared document with all their different revisions. Merging all revisions from several files. For example there are five editors to coordinate. Enable export for revisions. The whole document or just parts which can be edited and merged together again afterwards.

This is a heavy task so if you find it nice I recommend this a long-term feature like in version 2.x
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Text and Typography / Re: Newbie: How to vertically align text in text box
« Last post by utnik on February 21, 2018, 04:28:19 pm »
hi deon

I need to vertically align text to center position of text box.

with the officially 'stable' program version (1.4.6) you can't do this.

with scribus 1.5.3 there is a way – but at the moment still with some problems.
  • you'll have to create a 'blind element' (an invisible square in the size of your text frame) for your alignment
  • right click the text frame and select 'adjust frame height to text' (as long as this bug isn't solved you need to readjust the height manually…)
  • with 'windows' → 'align and distribute' you can center the text frame on your 'blind element'
as soon as the bug is resolved, this should be a way to do the job…

utnik
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Text and Typography / Re: Newbie: How to vertically align text in text box
« Last post by GarryP on February 21, 2018, 03:54:30 pm »
RodneyLee, Deon is asking - if I've read the question properly - how to align text vertically within a frame - i.e. put the same amount of space at the top and bottom - (which Scribus can't do) rather than aligning the text against a vertical axis within the frame which would be horizontal alignment (which Scribus already does well with the existing alignment functions).

I could be wrong though.
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Text and Typography / Re: Newbie: How to vertically align text in text box
« Last post by RodneyLee on February 21, 2018, 03:36:31 pm »
I'd like to see what your trying to do, sounds like Tabs could align to center of text box or a second text box aligned left and centered in first text box could work.
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Text and Typography / Re: Newbie: How to vertically align text in text box
« Last post by GarryP on February 21, 2018, 02:47:41 pm »
Welcome to the forum Deon.

You can't vertically align text to the centre of a text frame in 1.4.6. It's been asked for before https://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=321 and has been added to the developmental versions (1.5.x) but, as far as I've read, it's not working as well as some people think it should.

Have you tried to align the text manually, without taking the frame into account? I.e. Ignore the text frame - temporarily switch frames off if necessary - and put the text where it looks best to the eye. This works well enough in most simple cases and can even be better than using an automatic function, depending on the text. Put the text where it looks best rather than keeping to a rigid layout.
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Text and Typography / FIXED: Newbie: How to vertically align text in text box
« Last post by deonholt on February 21, 2018, 12:40:48 pm »
Hi there.

I have downloaded Scribus yesterday and starting to learn it.

I need to vertically align text to center position of text box. I have watched tutorials on this but could only find how to align text boxes with one another.

Please point me to a tutorial on how to vertically align text to center in its own text box.

Deon
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User Interface / Re: problem with applying master page
« Last post by GarryP on February 21, 2018, 11:52:14 am »
I've just done a quick test of the "Apply Master Page" dialog and the only times when I can replicate the issue you report (as I interpret it) is when I specify - either by typing a value or by using the spinners - a "to" page that is given a lower value than the "from" page, or when a "from" page is given a higher value than the "to" page (which is essentially the same thing).

For example, setting "from" as "10" and "to" as "15" is fine. Then changing "to" to "6" makes the "from" value automatically change to "6". That's perfectly normal as the "to" value cannot be lower than the "from" value. In other words, "From 10 to 6" doesn't make sense.

Does this explain what is happening or are you seeing some other behaviour?
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Beginner Talk / Re: Is there a way to move objects without snapping?
« Last post by GarryP on February 21, 2018, 11:33:58 am »
When you drag things with the mouse, Scribus - and all other applications - has to try and convert that movement into the Unit Of Measure used by the application and that's where things get a bit complicated.

Dragging something with the mouse creates an event that tells the application that the mouse has been dragged. The application must then interrogate the mouse drag event to see if the drag amount was sufficient for the drag to be reflected by the UI. If that is so then the application needs to update the UI as appropriate.

Drag amounts in the event are measured in pixels but, since Scribus doesn't use pixels as a UOM, the amount of drag has to be converted to the document's UOM with regard to the current level of zoom. Because of this, there will naturally be some "granularity" of any drag where the document UOM doesn't accurately line up with the pixels of the screen.

After an application has converted the drag amount to the document's UOM it also has to convert the measurements back to a pixel value in order to know where to redraw the thing being moved. If that pixel value is not a whole pixel, the application has to make a guess at which pixel to use, e.g. the one to the left or the one to the right. Because of this, not every drag action will be smooth. This can be more pronounced when a document is zoomed out as more space in the document is "squashed" into the same pixel on the screen. It also depends on the accuracy of the measurements and conversions being used by the application. Some applications are more accurate than others.

With Scribus there's also the added complication that you can configure the display size - via Preferences/Display - and not everyone will have done this properly.

Normally this isn't a problem but it is sometimes. I've probably not explained this very well but hopefully it will make some sense.

All-in-all, as mentioned above, it's better to use guides, snapping and the "Align and Distribute" functions to arrange things rather than trying to line things up manually.
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Installation and Setup / Re: How to enlarge toolbar icons?
« Last post by GarryP on February 21, 2018, 10:53:59 am »
Welcome to the forum Backpacker84.

Strange. Are you saying that your icons have changed size recently? I've never heard of that happening.

P.S: It's been more than two years since the stable version of Scribus had any changes so I can't see this happening any time soon except for maybe in a developmental version and there is no published roadmap for when new versions are coming.
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