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Features / Re: Scissors or knife
« Last post by GarryP on August 10, 2017, 10:35:40 am »
The scissor icon is for the Cut function which I don't think is what's being talked about here.

A quick look at tells me - if I'm reading it correctly - that the scissors and knife tools seem to be for dividing a shape into multiple sub-shapes, with scissors using straight lines and the knife using curves.

Scribus can already do this - pretty much - via menu "Item -> Path Tools -> Cut Polygon". Draw your shape, then draw a bezier curve through the shape - which could just be a straight line - then select both the shape and curve and use the menu item just mentioned. (Normal lines don't work with this, it has to be a bezier curve for some reason.)

It's probably not as intuitive to use as the AI tools - and probably doesn't have all of the bells and whistles - but it does the job in most cases.

Also, the Node Editor has various tools that can be used to split shapes.
Linux / Re: Scribus-1.5.3 Segfault on Slackware-14.2
« Last post by a.l.e on August 10, 2017, 08:58:31 am »
ciao scriber

ponce and jean seem to agree that the bug is to be searched in slackware and / or the compiler...
the issue is not solved... but maybe a bit closer?

concerning the magazine: it's always interesting to know what scribus is used for.
it's interesting for us who "make" scribus but also for the people who are evaluating if scribus can match their needs

we have a wiki page where the users can present the work they have been doing:

of course, your journal might not seem worth to be mentioned to you. but believe me: there are many people who are looking for the right tool for a local journal!

btw, i wonder if we should not have a showroom in this forum... i think it would be much more visible than the wiki page (which we could keep as a long term archive).
Features / Re: Scissors or knife
« Last post by a.l.e on August 10, 2017, 08:47:17 am »
so, scribus does have an icon with a scissor in one of the toolbars...

question: what exactly does your scissor / knife do?

General Discussion / Re: Another Possible New Scribus User Looking For A Path
« Last post by mnawij on August 10, 2017, 06:09:08 am »
Welcome Derek

I am not sure where you are at on the Scribus learning curve, but I have attached a couple items to help with the basics that I had knocking around on one of my external drives. Had to reduce the resolution to make the file sizes smaller.  I have been using 1.5.3 for several dozen Scribus jobs with only a couple of minor hiccups that I found workarounds for. But if the jobs are critical I would also recommend the stable version.  I would not worry about the color management for what you are doing and I have asked customers with publisher to create .pdf, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, and .tif files depending on what I needed at the time to update my artwork.  Also, when publisher "collects" pack n go I think is what M$ calls it, you will have access to all of the image files and fonts to recreate the original job.  I always ask for a .jpg of the pages to view when recreating when possible.  I do not know how comfortable you are with the terminal command line yet, but there are several commands for extracting both text and images from pdf files.  Also I believe the newest Publisher will save to the .odt and .doc formats which libreoffice does a decent job of opening... at least to be able to copy and paste text but not images.
Good luck to you and this is the right place to ask questions as they come about.


Features / Scissors or knife
« Last post by yamahacasio5353200 on August 10, 2017, 12:13:27 am »
Having a Scissors or Knife tool is the only addition that would be of use for me.
That is included with Microsoft Expression Design 4, Adobe Illustrator, & Adobe Indesign.
I have a fairly easy work-around for me, but I am sure it would not be acceptable to the majority of the power users out there.
Thanks for your consideration.
I just wanted to thank you for the extremely fast and accurate answer.  I did not expect an answer for quite some time as it is in most forums I use.
Your suggestion solved my problem, so thanks a lot.
A++ for this forum.
Linux / Re: Scribus-1.5.3 Segfault on Slackware-14.2
« Last post by scriber on August 09, 2017, 07:54:29 pm »

Ponce told me you are interesting to our magazine.
It's a 20/30 pages local journal that is published 3 or 4 times a year, in which  we report local events, main facts, old stories and photos related to the local little village, various ideas to contribute to the village and so on.

The magazine was produced by a friend of mine using ms publisher, then she asked if I could help the project and replace her in that task .
But I'm using Linux so I usually prepare images and text from the rest of the "staff" and then I use Scribus for the final layout and to export to PDF for the printing works.
Nothing special!  :)

I'd like to try the unstable version to see if there are some new features suitable for my needs. I was just curious.
I tried a little the AppImage version of Scribus 1.5.3 and I think it is very similar to my usual 1.4.6 version. Anyway I want to try it a little more...
General Discussion / Re: Another Possible New Scribus User Looking For A Path
« Last post by GarryP on August 09, 2017, 03:05:00 pm »
You're welcome Derek.

You should be okay transferring Scribus documents from one OS to another but make sure you use "File -> Collect for Output" to gather all the images and fonts (and more) together in a ZIP so that the other people get everything. This is because a Scribus document doesn't - normally - contain images or things like that. Instead, it links to the things like images on the disk, which makes the SLA file smaller and lets you change the image without needing to change anything in Scribus.

It's worth pointing out - as a general point to anyone reading this - that one issue you might have when transferring documents is when someone uses fonts that have copyright issues. This is too big an area to explain here but if you make sure you only use fonts that are freely available on all OSes then you shouldn't have too much of a problem. If in doubt, use fonts from a reputable supplier of free fonts (a few examples are here: ) and you shouldn't go wrong.

I know that there are some 1.4.6 functions that don't work in some OSes - e.g. the colour picker doesn't work properly in OSX - but most of the usual stuff should work just fine on all systems. Also, a little while back there was an issue with colour management on Linux Mint (,2464.0.html ) but I don't know if this has since been resolved.

The stable version of Scribus can help you to produce lots of different things (some examples here: ) so, unless you have some specific requirements - RTL text, special PDF version, etc. - you can probably do whatever you want. You can also have a look at the "Showcase" section of this forum (,3.0.html ) for some more examples of what Scribus can produce. (All of the things produced by me were done with 1.4.6 - or earlier - in conjunction with other products such as GIMP and Inkscape.)

Can the contributor that uses Publisher give you output as PDF? If you don't need to edit what they give you then you can create page-sized image frames and import the PDF into those frames. Then set each each frame to display the correct page using the "Page Number" setting in the Properties Palette / Image tab. You can then add page numbers - or whatever - over the top of the image frames to make them fit your publication. (The PDF might look a bit fuzzy on-screen - even with the Preview Settings set to Full Resolution for some reason - but it should export just fine. Try it and see what you think.)

One other thing I might just mention is that Scribus has a Greyscale output function in "File -> Export -> Save as PDF / Colour / Output Intended For". You might like to experiment with this but I've not used it myself so I can't say how well it works. Just something that might be worth knowing.
Linux / Re: Scribus-1.5.3 Segfault on Slackware-14.2
« Last post by a.l.e on August 09, 2017, 02:59:38 pm »
yep, i think that the best thing is now to see what the team thinks of the ticket.

as u told to ponce on irc, i fear that the problem is in slackware though.
Linux / Re: Scribus-1.5.3 Segfault on Slackware-14.2
« Last post by scriber on August 09, 2017, 02:45:45 pm »
You can find  more details at:
Thanks to Ponce who is helping to test the software:

Moreover he tried the SVN version as you suggested, but reported the same issue with "segfault error".

Some other info at:
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