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Beginner Talk / Re: Scaling an image after cropping?
« Last post by utnik on November 30, 2017, 06:59:15 pm »
hi dezcat

…It would be a good and useful thing to add the ability to crop images in Scribus to the list of features to add.

this feature is on the wishlist for a long time – but together with more urgent things…
…feel free to write a script, a patch or at least an exact description of the way it should look like…

utnik
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Beginner Talk / Re: Scaling an image after cropping?
« Last post by dezcat on November 30, 2017, 05:30:01 pm »
With respect, *one* of the purposes of cropping is to reduce the file size.

However, design isn't a simple matter of placing images to size and calling it done. It involves trying things out to see how they look, and this includes changing size and position of graphic elements and type.

It would be a good and useful thing to add the ability to crop images in Scribus to the list of features to add.

Until it is added, there is a way - albeit klunky - to achieve cropping of the kind under discussion.
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Scribus forums / Re: Scribus Webpage
« Last post by joesber on November 30, 2017, 03:12:56 pm »
Hi guys,

it is the first time I see this web proposal http://scribus.martinreininger.de/index.html and I just would like to congratulate your work, tim_occ and Garry. I hope to see it officially working soon!  :)

About the finantial donation, I'm thinking about it since long ago, and it was searching about the topic that I found this post about the new web proposal. I think it would be great to have the option of donating money to support Scribus, specially for people without enough knowledge or time (or both), who anyway would like to help the develope of this tool.


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Layout Issues / Re: Import Page(s). Add to Scribus' isuee tracker? [Question Solved]
« Last post by joesber on November 30, 2017, 02:08:44 pm »
Hi Garry!

Thanks for yours fast and detailed answer.

It seems that my research ability needs to improve, since I couldn't find the existing issues about the importing pages in mantis. In your link is allready the bug described. If i find something else during the importing, I will try to reproduce it and add it in the comments of the existing bug issue in Mantis ;)

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When you say "the best option to avoid big mistakes is to layout every chapter in a different document", what problems are you trying to avoid?

The normal stuff: if you have a large document  it could happen that the program crashes (though it happens rarely) and it wasn't yet saved. Also if you press some keys without willing it or knowing it, you may change the whole document, not finding what happened till it is too late. Those are only some examples. Also Scribus works (of course) much faster using smaller documents.

For the moment I think the best solution for large projects is yours: spliting in documents the project, semi-manual numbering, manual TOC, and merging the pdfs with an external tool. I have not tried it yet, and I only wonder how good are those tools in creating pdf documents for professional printing. Personally I really like Scribus precisely for its power when exporting and its color management. For instance it is the only libre software I know which can export in CMYK and RGB, and even select the desired ICC color profile.

In the future would be nice to have a kind of Master Document, to have all the documents within it, refresh all the data within a button, synchronize master pages and styles, and finally exporting the whole project (http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,2620.msg12132.html#msg12132)

The project I'm working right now is about 210 pages, and I'm allready merging all the documents in a final document, to export it and send it to the printing house. Scribus works a bit slowlier, but still good enough. If everything goes smoothly, I may add two books really soon to the succes stories! By the way, there are wonderful works done over there with Scribus!




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Beginner Talk / Re: What's up with Master Pages?
« Last post by utnik on November 30, 2017, 01:19:17 pm »
hi broadlighter

…double-clicked on Master Right and placed a text frame as big as the margins and closed the Edit Master Pages box, as instructed. I repeated the same steps for the Master Left pages…

master page objects aren't editable on the document pages.
but if you just need a margin sized text frame on every page, you should check the option for 'automatic text frames' while creating the document. (the automatic frames will be linked – unlink them where you need them separated…)

…master pages are simply page backgrounds.

…including guides…

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…as of 1.4.6 (I can't say what will be happening with later versions)

1.5.x brings multi layered master pages, where the mp layers are interlaced with corresponding document layers – for me an interesting feature…
but the master pages are still 'static' layers.

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If you want to have repeatable layouts then the Scrapbook is probably your best bet at the moment.

i recommend a mixed use of master pages, scrapbook items, patterns (and personal document templates, wich could include all those items…)

utnik
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Scripts and Plugins / Re: Importing Vector Pdfs in Bulk
« Last post by GarryP on November 30, 2017, 11:22:41 am »
Have you thought about A-PDF http://www.a-pdf.com/text-replace/index.htm ? I've never used it myself but it looks interesting. There's a trial version and it looks like you can get it free if you blog about it (click the "Get a free license >>" link). Might be a better option than CS6.
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Beginner Talk / Re: What's up with Master Pages?
« Last post by GarryP on November 30, 2017, 11:00:32 am »
In Scribus - as of 1.4.6 (I can't say what will be happening with later versions) - master pages are simply page backgrounds.

They always get rendered on the page before anything else and they always contain the same content no matter which page they are applied to. (Page numbers are one of the exceptions to this as they are calculated rather than user-input.)

You can edit the contents of master pages via "Edit -> Master Pages..." or, as you say, the Arrange Pages dialog. It's awkward, but it helps to keep master pages separate from "normal" pages since they are very different things.

If you want to have repeatable layouts then the Scrapbook is probably your best bet at the moment.
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Scripts and Plugins / Re: Importing Vector Pdfs in Bulk
« Last post by Dalski K on November 30, 2017, 10:49:56 am »
Hi GarryP and mnawij, thank you both for your kind welcomes and great input, greatly appreciated.

I'm using Windows 10, I was previously using Adobe InDesign CS 5.5. I was shocked to hear your comments about importing multi-page pdfs being a struggle in InDesign as I used that feature a lot in the past and I had no problems with it, from what I remember the text was searchable. However researching now online it seems much more hassle than I remember and I haven't found anything yet to confirm that the imported text is searchable.

QuarkXpress could be an option but I've used Quark before but haven't found it to be good.

Thanks again guys. Looking into if I can get CS6 somewhere.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Scaling an image after cropping?
« Last post by GarryP on November 30, 2017, 10:43:15 am »
It seems like more than one patch to crop JPGs - and maybe other image types - on export was available back in 2011 https://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=9799 but nothing seems to have come of it. There are also other Mantis tickets for this sort of thing.

If the purpose of such cropping is to make the size of the exported PDF smaller then "dumb" cropping - simply creating a new cropped image for every instance where a smaller image is needed - might not work all the time but it will probably be good in most cases.
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Scripts and Plugins / Re: Importing Vector Pdfs in Bulk
« Last post by mnawij on November 30, 2017, 12:58:48 am »
Hello Dalski K,

I do not believe that you can search text within a placed .pdf file in InDesign either...  according to https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2286629 this seems to be the case, though I have never had the need to try this before.  As for vector art, all vector art is converted to some form of raster before being printed. Whether postscript, pcl, pdl or such, it is what dpi resolution the vector to raster output is converted to that keeps it clean and sharp.  Which operating system are you using and what are your end goals that you are trying to achieve?  Not sure if I will be able to help, but I am more than willing to if I can.

mnawij
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