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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by utnik on May 10, 2017, 06:01:17 pm »
hi rupert
I did download this "tutorial", but it didn't seem possible to edit anything.

when you open the .sla-file from this tutorial, you can edit everything. but parts of the layout are on master pages and the rest is spread between different layers. in order to edit an element you need to activate the respective layer…

utnik
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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by ruperty on May 10, 2017, 04:38:25 pm »
Welcome to the forum Rupert.

Thanks.

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There are some "templates" around for Scribus but they're not - what I would call - "real" templates as they have no more functionality that any normal document has. Scribus templates are, essentially, just Scribus documents that have a different file type. Most templates that are available aren't very good. For the few that are good, most of them are for very specific things so you're unlikely to find something that's good for what you want.

Well, just an existing document with an existing layout would be useful where I can then replace the text and images. I did download this "tutorial", but it didn't seem possible to edit anything.

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Also, there are so many different types of articles in New Scientist. Do you want something simple like these: http://cargocollective.com/justtomtom/New-Scientist-Illustrations or something more creative like these: http://mwmgraphics.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/new-scientist-cover-feature-art.html

Something like the latter, the cover feature, is what I am after.

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Your best bet is to do it yourself from scratch. ...

I hope this helps.

Thanks, I'll give it a go, though if I could get hold of existing documents that I could modify it would be a great help with a tight deadline.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by GarryP on May 10, 2017, 02:57:32 pm »
Welcome to the forum Rupert.

There are some "templates" around for Scribus but they're not - what I would call - "real" templates as they have no more functionality that any normal document has. Scribus templates are, essentially, just Scribus documents that have a different file type. Most templates that are available aren't very good. For the few that are good, most of them are for very specific things so you're unlikely to find something that's good for what you want.

Also, there are so many different types of articles in New Scientist. Do you want something simple like these: http://cargocollective.com/justtomtom/New-Scientist-Illustrations or something more creative like these: http://mwmgraphics.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/new-scientist-cover-feature-art.html

There is no such thing as a "standard" magazine article, even within the same magazine. If there was, the magazine would be a very boring read.

Your best bet is to do it yourself from scratch. I realise that might seem like a tall order but it's the best way to learn and it's not that difficult to get something basic but usable.

You could start by finding an article you like and then roughly drawing the different parts of the page in Scribus. For example, draw text frames where there is some text and draw image frames where there are images. They don't need to be exact, just get them roughly in the right place. Don't worry about text columns just yet.

Then you can look at where frames might line up. Create guides where you think they should line up and drag/resize the frames to match the guides. You can always move the guides and re-align the frames later if you want to.

Then you can start to add sample text to the text frames and random/dummy images into the image frames.

Then you can look at text columns. Find a text frame and change the number of columns until it looks about right. Then change the font and size to roughly match the original example.

Once you've got to this point you've made a big start on designing your own article.

Now you can start to think about adding other "furniture" to the page such as page numbers and other graphical devices.

Once you start learning how to use Scribus properly - rather than just inserting images and text into other people's templates - it will allow you to create anything you want.

I hope this helps.
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Beginner Talk / Magazine article template
« Last post by ruperty on May 10, 2017, 12:47:48 pm »
Hello,

I'm, just getting started with Scribus in order to write a science magazine article. Are there any templates or examples (Scribus files) available for magazine articles that I could use as a starting point? There is one in the installation but am keen to look at other options. The sort of thing I am looking for is the style of New Scientist articles.

Any help appreciated.

Regards,
Rupert
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Text and Typography / Scribus not recognizing Arial Italics Font (Windows 10)
« Last post by Leonard03 on May 09, 2017, 06:01:23 pm »
Just installed Scribus (1.5.2) on a new computer to continue on with my previous project. since I was running Lubuntu and now I've got Windows I had to change a couple fonts in the project, which is when I noticed something strange. Scribus did not list Arial Italics as an available font. At first I wondered if it just wasn't installed for some reason, but after double checking in the font control panel I can confirm it's there. All the other Arial fonts show up (Regular, Black, Bold, Bold Italics) but no regular italics.
Any ideas?
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You're welcome, but changing to the 64bit version might not be the real fix to the problem.

I have a feeling that installing the 64bit version might default the PDF to 1.3, which could make it look like the problem has been fixed but it really hasn't. All that could have happened is that the PDF version has been changed from 1.4 to 1.3, which works, but isn't a real fix.

I have the 64bit version and I got the same problem as you when I exported to PDF 1.4.
I didn't have the same problem when I exported to PDF 1.3.

If you can get on with what you need to do then that's fine, I'm just saying that there could be a more basic underlying issue that may need to be addressed, but I'm not the right person to address it.

Maybe someone who really knows about PDF fields can look into this more extensively.
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Thank you for your help.

After analysis, the only thing that differs with the GarryP configuration is the version of Scribus installed.

With the x86 version, the input fields are inoperative.

With the x64 version, the input fields are functional.

Solution : Install "scribus-1.4.6-windows-x64.exe" and export to 1.3 PDF Version

Many thanks for your responsiveness.
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Just to add my two-penneth...

With Scribus 1.4.6 (03 January 2016 Build ID: C-*-T-*-C1.8.6-Windows-64bit Using Ghostscript version 9.18) on Windows 10:

I could not insert text into the text fields when I used the uploaded PDF in Acrobat DC but I could add text into the text fields when I opened the same PDF in Chrome (text in upper field is very large).
I exported the uploaded SLA to my own PDF (as PDF 1.4) and got the same results: can't add text in Acrobat DC; can add text in Chrome (similar large text in upper field).

I then exported the same SLA as PDF 1.3 and I can now add text into the text boxes in both Acrobat DC and Chrome (text in upper field is now a decent size).

NOTE: I can check/uncheck the boxes in both Acrobat DC and Chrome in all the PDFs however, in Chrome, the checked boxes don't contain a tick or check-mark, they just have thicker borders. Don't know if this is relevant.

I think the workaround might be to try a different PDF version (1.3 seems to work for me).
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hi gérald

when i export your 'personal.sla' to .pdf (with scribus 1.4.6 on macOS) i can write into the text fields. (but i can't in the file you exported.) – don't know, what went wrong with your export…

utnik
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Hello Miss, Sir,

I have recently used Scribus in version 1.4.6 and am satisfied with its ease of handling.

However, I have a problem exporting to PDF.

The check boxes work correctly but the text entry boxes are inoperative.

Context of use:
- Windows 10
- Scribus 1.4.6
- Ghostscript 9.19
- Adobe Reader DC

I tested a sample file that I found on the blog : http://blog.philippe-poisse.eu/index.php?post/2013/06/26/Un-formulaire-PDF-avec-Scribus
Files :
1- PDF File http://blog.philippe-poisse.eu/public/tutoriels/scribus/formulaire.pdf
2- SLA File http://blog.philippe-poisse.eu/public/tutoriels/scribus/formulaire.sla

The input fields are functional. When I use the SLA file and export to PDF, the input fields become inoperative.

I created a new personal SLA document. The observation is the same, after export in PDF format, the input fields are inoperative.
1- SLA File Personal.sla
2- PDF File Personal.pdf

Thank you in advance for your help.

Good day to you.

Gérald
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