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Text and Typography / Re: Bengali text
« Last post by muhammodmasum on October 15, 2017, 07:21:20 pm »
Thank you very much. Now Bengali text is working ok. A great Thank you.
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PDF Generation / Export CMYK PDF Fogra39
« Last post by radu81 on October 15, 2017, 02:34:16 pm »
Hello,
I need to print a document in cmyk pdf with all colours converted to FOGRA39 profile. It's my first time I am creating a pdf for print with Scribus, I did lots of brochures in InDesign and had no problems with printing, and I am a little scared to do mistakes now since it's not a cheap print for me.

So my questions are, can someone indicate me step by step how scribus document should be set and how to export the pdf correctly? Marks and bleeds are easy to set, what I don't know is how to set the Fogra39 profile.

Thank you in advance.
p.s. I attach a pdf with the requirements
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Text and Typography / Re: Clipping and skewing text
« Last post by Portreve on October 14, 2017, 05:37:28 pm »
I would like to echo some of the comments up-thread. Scribus is a desktop publishing program first and foremost, and not some kind of effects package. Classically, standard desktop publishing programs (and my memory is long enough to stretch back as far as Springboard Publisher, Aldus PageMaker, etc.) have relatively limited ranges of effects they can apply to type, the idea of which being they are designed for layout functionality, and doing all kinds of stuff to type falls much more under the heading of graphics software. I know that in more recent times, Adobe InDesign has somewhat blurred the lines here, but even it has its limits, and requires one to use other software, like Photoshop or Illustrator, etc., and then one can import that object as an image.

I'm not per-se against Scribus having extended graphical capabilities. There are times when it would be nice if it also did some of the stuff InDesign does, but I'm not going to ask Scribus' developers to turn it into another iteration of, for example, Inkscape.

Now, all that said, I'm also old enough to remember some utility software we used to have in Mac OS which would do type effects by way of taking the initial text you were interested in (for example, a business name) and parameters of what you were interested in doing (drop shadows, mirror reflections, etc.) and then sending that to a network-attached, PostScript-capable laser printer for rendering, and then returning the finished data to the user as an image which could be saved as an EPS or a TIFF. (Yes, I do go back a fair bit...) I also remember latter generations of that sort of graphics utility software being able to apply the effects through local processing (i.e. on the computer you were using) because by then Adobe had released PostScript to the extent that others could make use of it.

Getting to the point raised here originally by eudoxos, I would think the best-practices way to do what you're trying to is to use Scribus to set the initial text you want at a large enough size that it will be easily worked on by you, then convert that text to outlines, export that page to SVG and open it in InkScape, do whatever it is you want to do with it and save it in there, then import the resulting object back into Scribus and place it into your layout however it is you see fit. That's how I would do it, anyway.
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Text and Typography / Re: Can't use emojis
« Last post by Portreve on October 14, 2017, 05:14:27 pm »
While I'm not really sure why you'd want to stick an emoji into a page layout, daloonik, the underlying issue here is font availability anyhow.

If you create a layout, no matter what software you use to do this, and hand off that file to someone else, the receiver's ability to perceive that font is completely dependent upon them having the font installed on their system. This was a significant reason Adobe developed the Portable Document Format spec in the first place: we needed a way to trade files without worrying whether the target system shared the same font(s) or even the same creation software.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Help with borders and margins
« Last post by GarryP on October 14, 2017, 11:17:52 am »
You're welcome utnik.

The table functionality in Scribus is one of those things that is easily forgotten. They have such limited functionality beyond that of normal text frames that I've only ever played around with them and never used them in a real document. Useful for creating a regular grid of text frames, if you need such a thing, but not much extra use beyond that.
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Text and Typography / Re: THIN SPACE
« Last post by Portreve on October 13, 2017, 09:57:50 pm »
[Note: I've heavily edited this post.]

Hi balise75!

The font that I use is Garamond.

Ok, so, first off, Unicode defines three different specialized space characters of nominally thinner widths than the standard space character. They are:

U+2008 Punctuation Space: Space equal to narrow punctuation of a font > <
U+2009 Thin Space: A fifth of an em (or sometimes a sixth) > <
U+200A Hair Space: Thinner than a thin space; in traditional typography, the thinnest space available > <

In the listings above, the space character between each of the >< corresponds to the character described. You should be able to highlight that character and then copy-n-paste it.

However... I just tried using each of the thinner spacing characters described above in Scribus, and they all are rendered as the standard space character. Even going the route of Insert > Glyph doesn't accomplish anything.

What I'm going to suggest is that, at least for purposes of Scribus, you simply define the appropriate width by way of taking a standard space character and then changing the width manually, and then copy-n-pasting that into each instance of usage. It's not really ideal, but I can't find another way to get what you might be looking for.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Help with borders and margins
« Last post by utnik on October 13, 2017, 07:24:41 pm »
hi garry

thank you for this one!
i didn't think about tables – interesting hack…

utnik

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Sorry, but I can't help with the uploader/bleed issue. I normally don't get stuff printed so it's not something I come up against. Maybe someone can give you an answer but if it all seems to work, even with the flagged "problem", then it's probably okay to ignore it until it really stops working. (Doesn't give you much confidence in the process though.)
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Beginner Talk / Re: Help with borders and margins
« Last post by GarryP on October 13, 2017, 11:46:41 am »
Just to add to what utnik said, there is a way of having top and bottom borders but it's not a fantastic solution.

Try this:
* Draw a Table where you want your text frame to be;
* When asked, set the table to be 1 row and 1 column;
* Alt-click the table;
* Go to the Line tab of the Properties Palette;
* Check Line at Top and Line at Bottom (nothing happens visually yet);
* Set the line Width to what you want;
* Go to the Colours tab of the PP;
* Set the Line colour to be what you want (now you should be able to see the lines);
* Alt-double-click the Table to enter some text and format it as you would a normal text frame.

It's not a particularly good solution and you don't have a huge amount of control over what happens but, for most simple needs, it's better than having multiple objects.

You can resize the table but make sure that you have the whole table selected, and not just the cell via Alt-click. Note that un-grouping the table will destroy the top/bottom cell borders when Scribus converts the cells in the table to normal text frames (which is really what they are but with an extra "trick" for the cell walls).

See the attached sample document for two simple examples.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Help with borders and margins
« Last post by utnik on October 13, 2017, 09:09:27 am »
hi abasel

for the border, you're right. afaik you can't colorize only parts of it.
but there are margins! take a look at 'preferences' → 'text' → 'columns & text distances'…

utnik
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