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Windows / Re: A lot of questions
« Last post by GarryP on Today at 11:49:31 am »
Welcome to the forum Reptorian.

I'll try and answer some of your questions:

1. As far as I know there's no such thing as "CMYK mode" so I'm not sure what you mean. If you're going to be using colours "properly" then you need to look at Colour Management and getting your monitor calibrated against whatever printer you'll be using. That's a big area so you might be better off starting a new topic for it by itself. (It's outside my skill-set but there are other forum members who will be able to help.)

2. I have no idea. The developers probably just haven't got round to it yet, or it might be coming soon. I'll leave that one for someone more in the know to answer.

3. You can align any object, including image frames, to the page centre by using the "Align & Distribute" palette. Set the "Relative To" option to "Page".

4. You can also snap to Guides but, unfortunately, you cannot snap to object geometry.

5. You can convert any shape into an image frame (menu "Item -> Convert To -> Image Frame") and then use the frame to clip the image. (This does not work with SVGs.)

If you're going to be using Scribus then I think you might want to move your thinking towards creating the individual page items in Inkscape and Krita and using the layout tools in Scribus rather than creating the layout in the other applications. If you just use Scribus to gather layouts together for PDF creation then you could be missing out on some of the good stuff.

I hope I managed to answer some of your questions.
Beginner Talk / Re: Text formatting in text frames
« Last post by GarryP on Today at 11:20:04 am »
If you have access to the Scribus Manual (menu "Help -> Scribus Manual") then look at "Documentation -> Scribus Basics -> Working With Text".
Otherwise, these should help you to make a start:
Working with text is a major part of what Scribus does so there is no quick answer. You've just got to learn how it works.
Beginner Talk / Text formatting in text frames
« Last post by m s narayanan on Today at 03:58:16 am »
Dear all
I have an 8-page newsletter.
In some pages there are three or four text frames.
As it is the text format is same for all text frames. How to change the text style such as fonts, colour, bold, alignment (left, centre, right), boxes, etc.
M S Narayanan
Windows / A lot of questions
« Last post by Reptorian on June 27, 2017, 09:37:08 pm »
1) How come I am getting weird colors if I try to view things in CMYK mode or even importing CMYK TIFF?

2) Why does .KRA import does not support CMYK yet?

3) How do I get image frame into the center of the page?

4) Is there a good snapping tool I don't know about other than grid?

5) How do I clip/mask into a shape?

Right now, I am using Krita, Inkscape, and Scribus to achieve CMYK output, but I am looking forward to learning Scribus and supporting it.

I am using Inkscape to generate the layout, Krita for 8-bit CMYK support and further work on layout, and Scribus for importing the Krita TIFF file.
General Discussion / Re: python APIs confusion
« Last post by eudoxos on June 27, 2017, 08:47:26 pm »
Alright, so if I try, should I go the scripter2 way? What made it broken?

I (co)wrote a large particle simulation package with tight c++/python bindings (, so I will be able to understand what's going on. What I'm concerned is, long-term, that using raw pointers inside scribus is inherently limiting for tight wrapper.

Cheers! v.
General Discussion / Re: python APIs confusion
« Last post by a.l.e on June 27, 2017, 06:13:08 pm »
hi vaclav

- yes, scripter 1 is the default
- no, scripter 2 does not work anymore
- yes, there is not much missing to get the scripter 2 to work (again) but i failed and i would be happy if somebody could help!
- the api for the scripter 1 is in the help files you get with F1 in scribus (for developers > scripter API)

i don't know if you can style names through the script (i cannot check right now, but i think it should be possible) but if you know some c++ and python it should be easy to add that function if it's missing.

General Discussion / python APIs confusion
« Last post by eudoxos on June 27, 2017, 05:07:57 pm »
Hi everybody,

I would like to get some clarification on Python scripting in scribus. Is it correct that the default build comes with scripter "1" in scribus/plugins/scriptplugins with the clumsy stateful interface and one can build scripter2 with WANT_SCRIPTER2=1 in cmake which is in scribus/plugins/scripter? There are many documents on the wiki but many of them are perhaps obsolete.

Secondly, is the API documentation for scripter 1 available somewhere officially? I go by pprint.pprint(dir(scribus)) and print(scribus.something.__doc__) in the python console for now, which is not the most satisfactory thing I've done till now. For scripter2, I found

Third, marginally related: is it possible (with either API) to take text in linked frames (i.e. the whole text that opens in story editor) and find its paragraph style name with python?


Installation and Setup / Re: Scribus 1.5.3 appimage - some issues
« Last post by a.l.e on June 27, 2017, 03:18:30 pm »
back to #4: you're doing it wrong.

you should load the html into scribus text frames, chapter by chapter.
then manually add the images.

depending on the way the formatting is done in the manual, you might first load the html into libreoffice, export it to odt and then load that into scribus' text frames.

currently, there is no way to get from an html layout to a scribus document. in some ways this feature could be added to scribus, but somebody has to sponsor (it could work in a similar way as idml works... if we can find out how to break the flow into pages...
images would be included, but at the wrong place.

about the reason why your workflow is flawed: when scribus reads a pdf, it converts the whole text to vectors and this not something you can use. really.
Installation and Setup / Re: Scribus 1.5.3 appimage - some issues
« Last post by utnik on June 27, 2017, 01:42:53 pm »
.pdf is a final document format!

…Scribus does its best to retrieve the information from the PDF but what you get depends on so many things the whole process is very hit and miss. This might change with Scribus 1.5.x…

yes, scribus1.5.x does a much better job in dealing with .pdf files – but it's still no .pdf editor…
Since a PDF is an output of Scribus it might be reasonable to assume that it can open its own output. After all, GIMP outputs PNGs and JPEGs and it can open them…

well – gim exports .pdf files as well; and scribus 1.5.x does a much better job when opening these files as gimp itself. but as mentioned by gary and by me: .pdf is a final format…

Windows / Re: Scribus can't find Ghostscript
« Last post by GarryP on June 27, 2017, 12:47:07 pm »
That's good to know, thanks for pointing that out a.l.e.

Drew, I would not recommend moving to 1.5.x just to stop the message from popping up. There should be ways to fix your current problem - see above - that are better than moving over to developmental software.
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