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Text and Typography / Re: Importing .docx or .pages files in Scribus 1.4.6?
« Last post by utnik on March 19, 2017, 01:29:33 am »
hi john

you're right – i would have asked for the file, because i don't understand your problems.
but the file doesn't really help; i can't find anything special except the empty (and unusable) textboxes from the master pages.

btw. there are no other master pages than 'normal left'  and 'normal right' and i can't find any page numbers – so i don't understand the following part:

…with a terror of creating new Master Pages just for this header-stuff thinking that it might delete or destroy my original Master Pages.  I see now that all Master Pages can sort of layer on top of other Master Pages, transparently, and any given document page can have more than one Master Page happily applied over it

Given that, with fits and starts, everything became magik-k.  Except for one hex.  I got to the end of my document and found that I had two pages (one sheet) that should be blank.  Instead they had the new header-stuff Master Pages layered on them with their page numbers and header text (in two separate frames).

…I can find no path to delete the pages themselves…

just try 'page' → 'delete'.

Text and Typography / Re: Italic update?
« Last post by CGood on March 19, 2017, 12:51:59 am »
I forgot for fonts
Layout Issues / Re: Deleting or Removing a Custom Template
« Last post by JohnJR on March 19, 2017, 12:35:16 am »
Hi Folks,

I have been trying to absorb your last two suggestions and keep running into the same wall.  To better illustrate this I'm enclosing two screen shots.  The first from File > New from Template > Own Templates, where you see the collection of offenders I want to delete.  The second from Preferences > General > Paths.

In the second I tried just leaving it blank and hitting change; Nothing meaningful happens except to choose /Users/John.  What you see in the screen shot is the information I entered to try to make it as specific as possible before hitting change.  The second half of the screen shot shows what pops up then.  None of these options seemed to present anything identifiable in them, even the dreaded Library folder.  I seem to have left Scribus completely.  By the way, I keep my working Scribus files visible on my desktop, not tucked away somewhere like in Documents.  Is there something in there I should specifically be looking for?  Or is there something else I should be inputting into the Paths > Document Templates screen shot shot that is more appropriate?

Text and Typography / Re: Italic update?
« Last post by JohnJR on March 18, 2017, 11:31:32 pm »
Hi CGood,

What I meant by the "vast array of Scribus fonts" were only those fonts Shown in Extras > Font Preview, but perhaps more restrictively, only those fonts that have that option inside the Properties palette.  So far I've only found the battle-wary, tried-and-true Times Roman that can put italics on the page.  I did note Cambria has an italics set, but does it show up in the Properties palette?  I didn't check.

I note that Fonts Preview has a couple of buttons that are labeled Set and Default respectively.  I wonder if Set might alert the Properties palette to incorporate the italics option in its options window where italics would actually be deployed in a document.  I didn't experiment with it.

Yikes! your suggestions to try out are rich enough to keep me employed in Scribus font windows for some time.  Thanks for those.

Text and Typography / Re: Importing .docx or .pages files in Scribus 1.4.6?
« Last post by JohnJR on March 18, 2017, 09:28:00 pm »
Hi Utnik,

P.S.: I just read your reply after posting this.  Applying two Master Pages to the same document page did seem to solve the problem of header items making it into the document.  However the header text boxes were already formatted (empty) but wouldn't activate (probably as you point out because I added them after initial set-up).  Given that, see below for additional grief.

I hate to complicate your day, but just now I ran into a larger problem related to the post above.  I think they both have something to do with Pages > Apply Master Pages.

This morning my document sat nice and neat on my screen with only the issue above pending.  I wanted to investigate something in Preferences and so I saved and closed the document.  As the document closed, it seems somehow(?) there appeared the same document again underneath it.  I saved and closed that one too (or again).  Suspicious of this process, I re-opened the document and found the same issue posted above still there, but with a new one had interjected itself in as well.

The new Master Pages were applied correctly, however they had re-populated themselves onto other pages where they were not before (or intended) with in-congruent page numbers that assigned even numbers to odd pages and vice-versa, however it did not disrupt the correct numbering system already applied (pp.10-48)  I thought okay I'll just re-apply the new Master Pages again to exclude those pages where they didn't belong.  Nothing changed, they stayed as such.  Just like above.

I did note in the Apply dialog box that after selecting either of the new Master Pages (left or right, even or odd) that the "within page range" would not consistently stay selected.  Also if I typed in the first page to apply "from" and tabbed over to the "to" box and typed in the last page to apply; the first "from" box would change radically.  For example, say, odd pages would have been "from" 11, that number would have morphed into, say, 4 as I typed in the first digit of the "to" destination.  Correcting the "from" box did not alter the "to" entry in this way.  Just now I wonder if this phenomenon might be because the cursor might have highlighted a page somewhere that Scribus automatically assumed was a default start "from".  Might is be a key to the whole root issue?

 Anyway when things were finally entered correctly, hitting the Okay button--nothing changed; the old issue in the post above remained and now also this new misapplication remained.  In any event the Apply dialog didn't affect either one.

I can hear you say, "send me the file", so I've attached it herein I hope warts and all.  I wonder though if this might be something inside my iMac or my Scribus download might have been corrupted from the beginning (about three months ago)?


User Interface / Re: Scribus UI/UX improvements
« Last post by tim_occ on March 18, 2017, 09:27:33 pm »

I think the UI should support both small and large screen sizes. Because you can have only large screen on a desktop, if you would travel by train you can't have a really big screen (if so it is unusual). If we want to give freedom to the designer to be work at his favorite place we should make the UI flexible.

I think such feature/tool hierarchy will help to clean the UI and to show only important things on small screens and more advanced stuff on large screens (if wanted).
In my visuals I was trying to apply a new kind of hierchary in UI. This layout based on my personal often used features / tools and on that what InDesign/XPress show in the property panel. I believe these guys made already such list of important features. Why not benefit from them?

For the hierachry of features I prepared a document. If you want you can add your thought there (or anybody else).

Text and Typography / Re: Importing .docx or .pages files in Scribus 1.4.6?
« Last post by utnik on March 18, 2017, 08:53:15 pm »
hi john

…I see now that all Master Pages can sort of layer on top of other Master Pages, transparently, and any given document page can have more than one Master Page…

i don't know what you're talking about.
afaik there's no way to apply multiple master pages to the same document page…

Text and Typography / Re: Italic update?
« Last post by CGood on March 18, 2017, 07:56:21 pm »
I'm not sure what you mean by " vast array of Scribus fonts"  I may need to learn what fonts come with Scribus. I had assumed that the fonts I had came with Linux or perhaps LibreOffice.

I have since downloaded and kept maybe three or four hundred free fonts.

I can suggest you try:
Accanthis, Aileron, Alegreya and Alegreya Sans, Aurelis, Cardo, Charis, Coelalcanth, Cooper Hewitt, Cormorant, the Deja Vu family, EB Garamond, Encode Sans, Exo, the Fira families, Gentium, Junicode, Kelvinch, Lato, Linux Libertine, the Neuton family, NewG8, Noticia, the Nunito family, Open Sans, Playfair, Prompt, Proza Libre, the PT family, Raleway, Rising Sun, Roboto, Sinkin Sans, the Source family, the Ubuntu family, the URW free fonts family.

There are many more good free fonts (and endless awful ones)  but these are a few you might want to look at.

Check out,,
« Last post by JohnJR on March 18, 2017, 07:11:45 pm »
Hi GarryP,

It nice to know I'm not completely off my rocker.  The suggestion to use a word processor and then paste is a good one and appears in other forums.  Also I've taken to always Edit > Select All > Copy then paste.  As a word of caution using this path; remember to go back in and complete the Copy portion.  I have not on occasion and gotten back to a blank post window, hit Paste and found nothing was there--do over.

It might be helpful, and also forthright to do, if the maximum size (or number) of attachments were known and published; it could save a lot with that guessing game.

ciao danielsan

in 1.5.3svn the text palette has already been separated from from the rest of the properties.

i  guest that the improvement would then be to join all the image, group, and text palettes in one palette and only show the one that is  relevant in the same area...

i really hope that this will be one of the first moves in 1.5.4svn... but first we have to wait for 1.5.3 being released... a thing that should happen in march...

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