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Beginner Talk / Re: Color management
« Last post by Ruud on June 12, 2017, 03:07:20 pm »
Thank you all for your input...
This weekend Scribus 1.4.6 was installed on the system of an experienced Linux-user. This was too on a Mint18 64 system. We used the same procedure, installation from the software-manager and he made a check for LittleCMS and the icc's: all present and correct.
But here neither an umbrella for colormanagement!!
Conclusion? Do not expect Scribus to handle your colors correctly en check, check and dubbelcheck the colors you send to your printing partners (They should and probably can check this issue). Probably the best way is to send your work to your printing-partners as PDF-sRGB and ask them to convert!
It is a shame Scrubus can not handle this >:(

Regards
Ruud
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General Discussion / Re: Need Honest Opinion
« Last post by GarryP on June 12, 2017, 11:59:55 am »
I don't think you need to worry about splitting the document at this point as it might not actually be needed (and could cause other problems).

Probably better to concentrate on learning Scribus and getting the document created in the first place.

(It's good to keep the idea in the back of your mind though as it might help you to construct the document in a better way from the start, E.g. using styles for formatting and not using very long text frame chains.)

Some places to start learning are:
* https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Get_Started_with_Scribus
This is quite old - some of the functions have been renamed and/or moved - but most of it is still relevant and it's done in a tutorial-style so you can follow along.
* http://write.flossmanuals.net/scribus/introduction/
I personally haven't tried this one but it looks well written. More of a "read it through and then try it yourself" sort of a manual.

If you prefer to learn by doing then you could try some of the tutorials here:
* https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Category:HOWTO
* http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/board,11.0.html

Most of these tutorials expect you to have a bit of experience using Scribus but some of them go through the process quite meticulously so even a total beginner should be able to follow along.

My personal recommendation would be to, first, skim-read the FLOSS Manual - skipping the small details - then try some of the Wiki and Forum tutorials. Even if you don't want to make things like neon signs, vintage photos, or magazine covers, just knowing that the features you use are there will help you to remember them if you need them in the future.

I would also recommend these Wiki tutorials:
* https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Page_Layout_-_The_Basics (to get a basic understanding of layout)
* https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Baseline_Grid_Explained (very important for books)
* https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/How_to_create_your_own_colours (if you will be using colours, which most people do)

If you get the basics right then you're off to the best start.

Anyway, good luck with your publications and learning Scribus.
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General Discussion / Re: Need Honest Opinion
« Last post by Guyon on June 11, 2017, 06:14:54 pm »
A very thoughtful reply GarryP.

I suppose i am at the point where I need to just DL the program and see how it runs. My document will be under 200 pages with some heavy full page graphics.  So thank for the hint that I many need to stitch parts together.
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General Discussion / Re: Need Honest Opinion
« Last post by GarryP on June 11, 2017, 11:39:32 am »
You're welcome Guyon.

Once you start to add images to your document then you really should start to think about using DTP. You could probably still use a word processor but you would probably end up fighting against the software. You could also probably use Corel Draw but that might be more of a pain in the long run than learning the basics of Scribus.

Scribus has lots of complex functions - most of which you will probably not need to use - but the basics are easy to understand once you put some time into getting used to them. To add things to a page you add frames first. Text goes into text frames, images go into image frames. You put the text and image frames where you want the text and images to be on the page. Once you understand that then everything else is just formatting and making things look nice. (I've over-simplified things a lot but, for most purposes, that's enough to get you going.)

One thing you need to keep in mind is the size of your document in relation to the memory on your machine. Scribus keeps the whole document in memory so you need to make sure that your machine has enough memory to handle all the images you intend to put in the document. Total up the sizes of the images and if that total is anywhere near the free memory on your machine then you might have problems. You can get round this by creating the document in sections - separate documents - and then stitching them together later but that will require some planning and more software. This probably won't be an issue, and it's not just a Scribus-only issue, but it's worth keeping in mind.

There are some examples of similar publications - 100+ pages with images - here https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Success_stories_2012 so you can see that Scribus should be able to handle what you want.

The question you need to ask yourself is: "Do you spend time trying to make the software you already know do what you want or do you learn some new software that already does what you want it to do?"
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General Discussion / Re: Can Scribus make Epub?
« Last post by Guyon on June 10, 2017, 09:17:01 pm »
ouch.  thanks though
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General Discussion / Re: Can Scribus make Epub?
« Last post by a.l.e on June 10, 2017, 06:55:48 pm »
there is an experimental plugin for exporting to a raw epub.

but you have to compile scribus yourself for getting it.

https://github.com/aoloe/scribus-plugin-export-epub

ciao
a.l.e
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General Discussion / Can Scribus make Epub?
« Last post by Guyon on June 10, 2017, 06:53:01 pm »
Can Scribus export a magazine as an epub doument?
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General Discussion / Re: Need Honest Opinion
« Last post by Guyon on June 10, 2017, 06:45:30 pm »
GarryP

Thanks for your long review.  Beside my book i am going to make a compendium with maps short stories and pictures. Like a 100 page magazine.  I guess i could do each page in Corel Draw, but wondering if Scribus would do a better job?
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I've tried several fonts which had those special characters in Scribus 1.5.2 available (OTF-Font Adobe Garamond Pro, Truetype-Font Arial. etc.). All behave the same: You cannot insert any single character from the list.
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PDF Generation / Embed fonts from embedded PDF
« Last post by SirPL on June 10, 2017, 01:01:15 pm »
Hello everyone!

I would like to know if is there any way to force scribus to embed fonts that comes from embedded PDFs.

It seems like scribus converts all fonts into curves. The result is just bad. I prepared three examples of the same page generated with: InDesign CS6, Scribus 1.5.3 with 'Embed PDF and EPS' both turned on and off.
Please notice what scribus do with the initial 'S'. Moreover, please notice the height of letters. The problem does not occurs in file produced with InDesign.

EDIT: I did not noticed that I had 'Compress Text and Vector graphics' ticked. But the question about embedding fonts is still valid.

EDIT 2: The result does not depends on 'Compress Text and Vector graphics'.
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