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PDF Generation / Re: problems with faded CMYK color
« Last post by mnawij on July 22, 2017, 05:52:28 am »
I do agree with the others, turning CM off would probably be best... One thing that helps me out a lot is the use of PantoneĀ® Color Swatch Books, especially the CMYK/RGB/Hex/Spot color bridges, both uncoated and coated paper, they are expensive but well worth the money!  See the following link:

http://www.pantone.com/color-bridge-coated-uncoated

mnawij
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Text and Typography / Re: Clipping and skewing text
« Last post by Nermander on July 21, 2017, 11:17:01 pm »
In that PDF the text isn't really clipped, I can select text that is not visible, which I guess means it is printed beneath the overlay image.
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Thank you a.l.e.  I can appreciate your restraint in how you phrased your response.  I think your assessment of the typical end-user as being confused and, as GarryP demonstrates, a bit frustrated as well, over the lack of communication regarding 1.6 progress is pretty accurate.  I am not aware of any of the internal challenges from a programming, logistical, or political perspective faced by the developers and I won't presume otherwise.  If I were a programmer, I'd jump in and help out, but I'm just a hobbyist graphic designer who loves this program and would like to see it become better.

I've heard so much about how wonderful 1.6 will be, and how many great features the unstable 1.5.x versions have, but I don't feel confident leaving the stable branch.  I can't afford to lose a bunch of work due to an unresolved bug in a version I was amply warned was unstable in the first place.  To me it looks like so much has been hung on the promise of what 1.6 is supposed to deliver, meanwhile 1.5.x appears to be just an experimental test bed with no intention of making it stable prior to the release of 1.6.  This method of not working towards a stable 1.5 version seems strange to me.  In other projects there would be a stable version, with developers working on the immediate next version which is currently unstable and people can download it in all it's buggy glory if they want to, but why bother if you're not a programmer, as soon it is released as stable, and the developers move onto developing the next version.  Each increment only introduces a manageable set of advances, thus the development of the project as a whole doesn't get bogged down.

Based purely on my external observations, it appears that when the goal of 1.6 was set back in 2011(?!), it was such a huge jump ahead of the 1.3 or 1.4 stable version being used at the time the developers ended up getting lost in a seemingly never-ending list of 1.5.x advancements on route to the desired goal of a stable 1.6, thus there was no impetus to make any version of 1.5 stable.  Then as time went on, user demand for fixes and advances to the existing stable branch brought about new 1.4.x versions, while work was still progressing on 1.5.x on it's journey towards evolving into 1.6.  If my perception of the situation is correct, then no wonder 1.6 has effectively stalled, and I genuinely sympathise with the situation the development team must find themselves in.  I can't imagine how overwhelmed and frustrated they must feel.  I wish I could help, but again, I'm no programmer.  I'll cheer you guys on, and hope you work through this rough patch.  Perhaps a reorganisation of version expectations and when to make something stable will help the project, or maybe another tactic will work better.  Either way, I wish everyone the best of success and I will patiently await a post-2017 new release, whenever it will be.

As an end user, my focus will be to get the most out of the 1.4.x  stable branch as I can.  I'm going to ignore the 1.5.x unstable branch, regardless of how many advancements it has as it's been reported in other threads to have unpredictable bugs which sometimes destroy work.  When either a stable 1.5.x or the long awaited 1.6 occurs I'll try that out, but in the meantime I'm going to be happy with what I've got.  Thanks for the informative response.
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Vector graphics and postscript / Re: Import vector file --> folder shows no files
« Last post by GarryP on July 21, 2017, 04:59:34 pm »
You're welcome.

You can find the set-up EXE's here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/scribus/files/scribus/1.4.6/

Make sure you choose the x64 version if you want 64-bit.
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Ah, I'll try that then! I wanted to download v.1.5.1 (because I read that version was fairly stable and some functions of 1.4.x worked better there), but I couldn't find the download file. I chose 1.5.3 because that one said it's compatible with Windows 10 and it didn't say that with the latest stable version.
Anyway, thanks for the help! I'll remove this version and install the stable 1.4.6.
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Text and Typography / Re: Clipping and skewing text
« Last post by GarryP on July 21, 2017, 03:27:31 pm »
I use another application that allows clipping/cropping of anything - including text - and it can produce PDFs just fine so I don't think it's got anything to do with the PDF specifications. (See attached file for a very crude and quickly-knocked-together example.)

I'd say that this issue was more about how Scribus does what it does.
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Vector graphics and postscript / Re: Import vector file --> folder shows no files
« Last post by GarryP on July 21, 2017, 03:13:31 pm »
Welcome to the forum Taartsel.

As you're new to Scribus I would recommend that you use the stable 1.4.6 version instead of the developmental 1.5.x versions, unless you really need some of the extra features which might not work properly anyway.

1.4.6 runs just fine on Windows 10 and has no problem with importing vectors (except those that use features that Scribus doesn't support).

P.S. Any SLA files you have created in 1.5.3 won't be "openable" in 1.4.6.
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PDF Generation / Re: problems with faded CMYK color
« Last post by GarryP on July 21, 2017, 03:02:54 pm »
I don't use colour management myself but I would say that unless your workspace is properly lit, and you have a very good monitor that can be properly characterised/calibrated (or whatever) by someone who knows what they're doing, then you should probably keep CM switched off.

Unless you're totally sure that the colour on your screen is the exact colour that you want then how do you know if it's going to be the right one when it's been printed? And a colour displayed on a screen will look different printed on different paper stock too, e.g. matt vs. gloss.

Also, most monitors have an issue in most normally lit rooms where you can see the same colour as different shades when you move your head around, so which of those shades is the correct one?

flomman, If I was you I would go along with the previous posters and just keep CM switched off unless it becomes a big problem.
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Facts:
* We've had two different versions of Scribus for at least 18 months;
* As far as anyone outside the team knows, this situation isn't going to change any time soon;
* People in the forums are having to try and support - at least - two (essentially) different applications;
* The users don't really know which version they should choose;
* Bug fixes that should have been applied to 1.4.6 are being held back;
* I am getting tired of hearing "that's been fixed in 1.5.x".

Opinions:
* Scribus is looking less like a "supported application" and more like a "developer plaything";
* The team needs to stop adding new features to software which - as far as anyone knows - has no actual release date;
* Any unstable features should be ripped out until they can be added at an appropriate time;
* The latest developmental version needs to be put in such a state that it can be released as stable;
* The team should then concentrate on adding one new feature at a time and releasing new versions more frequently.

Opinionated Conclusions:
* Supporters of the project are frustrated;
* Users are confused;
* There's no end in sight;
* Unless the team gets itself sorted out, Scribus is going to start looking like a bad joke.

I don't really have much more to say on this matter.
I know a lot of people will disagree with at least some of what I said above but that's up to them.

The team really needs to work out how to fix this situation or I can see a lot of Scribus users - both actual and potential - walking away in disgust, and that will be a real shame.
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Vector graphics and postscript / Import vector file --> folder shows no files
« Last post by Taartsel on July 21, 2017, 12:30:02 pm »
Hello!
I'm new using Scribus and I come from using Adobe Indesign for a long time. I really enjoy Scribus so far, but I'm running into some trouble importing vector files. Whenever I try to import a vector file using "File - Import - Get vector file..." I can click the "My documents" folder, but when clicked on that the directory shows me nothing, not even any folder within the "My documents" folder. This prohibits me from opening/importing the vector file.

I'm using Scribus 1.5.3 on Windows 10 and the file I'm trying to import is a .svg file (but I've also got a .ai copy of it).

Does anyone know if there is another way to import a vector file or if there is something I can do to fix the empty folder issue?

Thanks in advance!
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