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Beginner Talk / Re: Initial document feedback
« Last post by GarryP on June 17, 2017, 02:56:59 pm »
Nice work Rupert. A big improvement from the last version that I saw.

I have some suggestions, some of which might sound a little bit petty, but I think they're worth mentioning:
1. Pages 3-6 are missing the headers and footers.
2. The (C) Rupert Young text sometimes comes a bit near the body text, e.g. page 2. As does the June 2017 text, e.g. page 8.
3. The diagram on page 6 (Levels of Perception) is a bit pixelated (I assume it's an import). Scribus can easily do this sort of thing so a little bit more work will make it look better.
4. The graphs on pages 7&8 are not up to the same quality as the rest of the images. Are better ones available?
5. The "Damned Statistics" heading on page 7 looks lost with no text near it (see next comment).
6. Sometimes there are large areas of white space. White space isn't a bad thing in itself but it can be managed a bit better. For example, on page 3, try moving the text into the vertical centre of the image and moving the text closer (see attached Capture1.png). The same goes for other pages. Also, don't be afraid of having text and images in "the same row" as that can make a page more interesting to look at. Have a look here for some examples.
7. On page 3 you start a bullet list but it's very difficult to see where the list goes next. Can things be re-arranged so that the list is wholly on the same page?
8. The graph on page 8 has no title. Don't know if this is on purpose.
9. I think the block quotes on pages 1 & 10 - "Nothing in biology..." and "Nothing in behaviour..." - should be either black or a different colour to the figure titles. It's just a bit confusing. Also, could you add the authors of the quotes?
10. If the images on page 10 are related to those on page 9 (under the same title?) then I think you could use some graphic device to group/join them. This could be something as simple as a line but the reader should know that they're "together".
11. Have you tried a bit of simple typesetting yet? I think this document would benefit from having fully-justified text but you might have to do some practising first to get it looking right.

Anyway, feel free to ignore anything I've said. A lot of it is just my opinion. It's a great document which I think could be "finished off" by putting a teeny bit extra time into some of the small details.

P.S. At present - 1.4.6 - there is no way to dynamically reference things in the way you want.
Beginner Talk / Re: Initial document feedback
« Last post by ruperty on June 17, 2017, 02:09:22 pm »

I've made some cracking progress with my first document. I really like the Scribus software (thanks) and have enjoyed formatting the document and appreciate how much more powerful it is compared to a word processor.

Would people be able to give me some more feedback on this "final" draft? Any suggestions for improvement?

I did have one question of something I couldn't work out how to do. Is there a way of dynamically referencing figure panels, such "top left p2" or "see Robotics panel"? Currently my references are just static text.

Beginner Talk / Re: Printing
« Last post by a.l.e on June 16, 2017, 11:18:38 am »
i think that you should share your .sla and .pdf...

i've never heard of such an issue, so it's probably related to some "unusual" choices you have made...
Beginner Talk / Re: Printing
« Last post by Map on June 16, 2017, 01:06:22 am »
Thank you for responding. Yes I did create the pdf as you suggest. I will read the manual and see if that suggests anything. Failing that, I will impose again and seek help.
Best regards,
General Discussion / Re: Baffled: old files won't open
« Last post by apbschmitz on June 15, 2017, 10:31:09 pm »
Resolved. Too dumb to explain.
General Discussion / Baffled: old files won't open
« Last post by apbschmitz on June 15, 2017, 08:08:04 pm »
I'm stymied. On a MacBook Air running El Capitan I have a series of files for the 12-page tabloid newspaper we publish every two months. I tried to open a number of the old files today using Scribus version 1.4.6, which has worked smoothly for the past year. Today none of the old files will open. The properties window comes up, and I get a spinning wheel that starts in color and then changes to two shades of blue. After a while it stops and except for the Properties window, there's nothing. If I click/hold on the Scribus icon in the app bar, and then select Show All Windows, the first page of the document will display. But if I try to move to the next page, the document disappears. If I go up to Window in the menu bar, and select the file I'm trying to open, I get the message "The document is already in use. You'll be switched into its window now." But if I select OK in this dialogue box, I go back to an empty screen with the Properties window displayed. Nothing changes after restarting, or after reinstalling Scribus, or after closing all other apps. Ideas?
Beginner Talk / Re: Printing
« Last post by a.l.e on June 15, 2017, 10:23:13 am »
hi map

how are you creating your pdf?

with "file > export > save as pdf"?

you're welcome to read as an introduction to scribus...

Beginner Talk / Re: Printing
« Last post by utnik on June 15, 2017, 01:31:29 am »
hi map

…Would someone be kind enough to tell me what I am doing wrong…

it's not easy to tell you what went wrong without access to your file…

Beginner Talk / Printing
« Last post by Map on June 14, 2017, 11:42:28 pm »
Hello from another beginner.
I am trying to compile an illustrated catalogue and have so far managed to create an A4 page with text and images which I can use as a basis for learning.
As I have no publishing experience, I have to see a printed page, before I am happy.
However, when I print it, either directly or using pdf, the content sits in the upper left hand corner and is reduced to one quarter of the A4 sheet.
The pdf version is exactly the same but lacks the images.
Would someone be kind enough to tell me what I am doing wrong.
Thank you
User Interface / Re: A suggestion to improve exporting files
« Last post by utnik on June 14, 2017, 07:10:58 am »
hi rempro

go to 'settings' → 'preflight verifier' and check the box 'check for visible/printable mismatch in layers' – then you should see your warning…

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