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Layout Issues / Re: Border lines
« Last post by GarryP on July 12, 2017, 02:33:25 pm »
You can format the outline (border) of a text frame in exactly the same way as you would for a normal shape (a text frame defaults to having both fill and line colours of "None" but you can change them).
You can think of a text frame as a shape that you can also put text in.
You can also format the outline of an image frame in the same way as a shape or text frame.
Unfortunately though, you cannot have an image and text in the same frame.
See: https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Text_over_images for some basic examples of text over images.
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Layout Issues / Re: Border lines
« Last post by m s narayanan on July 12, 2017, 01:56:56 pm »
dear sir
 if i get a text to the main frame, there are no borders surrounding the text. hence i wondered
if i can draw a rectamgle, using tools, and within that rectangle i can insert a text frame.

m s narayanan
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General Discussion / Re: Linux Scribus won't open OS X version file
« Last post by a.l.e on July 12, 2017, 01:15:52 pm »
some distribution are packaging 1.5.3.
then it's a trivial task to add it.

and you cannot open with 1.4.6 files you have saved with 1.5.3 (but you already know that).
but you can install both versions on the same computer.

hope that helps.
a.l.e
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Layout Issues / Re: Border lines
« Last post by GarryP on July 12, 2017, 11:18:27 am »
If you want the same thing to be on a lot of pages then you need to think about using "master pages". You can learn about these in the official tutorial: https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Get_Started_with_Scribus (The tutorial is old but most of it is still relevant.)

I am not sure what you mean by "text boxes within a rectangle image with border lines". If it is difficult to describe then supplying a picture of what you want might be useful.
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus: Best choice for my purpose?
« Last post by GarryP on July 12, 2017, 11:00:33 am »
Welcome to the forum MarkEDixon.

It's been a while since I used Word but I'm fairly sure that it allows you to add images that can be any size, anywhere on the page. Maybe I'm wrong about this but can you explain why you think it can't? (LibreOffice Writer, which is an open source word processor, can do this just fine so if Word cannot do it then you might be better moving to LO from Word.)

If you moved from Word to Scribus you would get much better layout and typography functionality but you would also lose some functionality which you might need.

Some examples are:
* Table Of Contents - Scribus only has very basic TOC functions. If you need a "serious" TOC then you would have to create it manually.
* Indexes/Glossaries - Scribus has no index/glossary functionality. If you need these then, again, you would have to create them manually at the end of your process.
* Figure/Table Numbering - Scribus has no automatic table/figure numbering functionality. If you have a lot of tables/figures then this could be a problem.
* Captions - Scribus only has very basic captioning functionality.

(What I've said above pertains to Scribus 1.4.6, the current stable version. The developmental 1.5.x versions might be different but I would not recommend a beginner using them for a whole lot of reasons that I don't want to get into here.)

If you need any of the functionality I've mentioned above then it's probably best if you stick to using Word. However, if you don't need any of these, then if you can give a bit more detail about what you are trying to achieve - with what sort of functionality you need - then you might get an answer that's more specific to your circumstances.
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus: Best choice for my purpose?
« Last post by dezcat on July 12, 2017, 04:28:57 am »
I'm a bit further down the road than you, but sounds like the same road.

I've begun using Scribus again; 3rd time for me. I've picked up the Scribus way of doing things readily. There are things different from the more commercial products of course, but far, far more things are the same.

In case you're curious, I have 12 years' experience with QuarkXpress, and 15 with InDesign.

Scribus is a *very* worthy design tool.
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General Discussion / Re: Linux Scribus won't open OS X version file
« Last post by dezcat on July 12, 2017, 04:16:44 am »
is this an easy task, and if I do it can I save out to the most current, non-dev version of Scribus?

Thank you!
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Layout Issues / Border lines
« Last post by m s narayanan on July 12, 2017, 04:14:16 am »
dear all
I am a newbie to scribus 1.5.3
To some extent I am successful in creating a
Newsletter with eight pages.
I want to have a thin border in blue colour on all pages. Also I wish to have text boxes within a rectangle image with border lines.
Your help pl

MSN
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General Discussion / Scribus: Best choice for my purpose?
« Last post by MarkEDixon on July 11, 2017, 11:24:22 pm »
I'm new to Scribus, and understand that using it will involve a learning curve.  So, I am interested in opinions on whether the learning curve is worthwhile, given what I want to do.

I have a Word manuscript that, at the moment, totals 450+ pages in double-column format.  Word allows me to insert photos, but only to the width of column, so they have to be small.  I have a lot of larger photos and went to insert them into the document in half- and quarter-page sizes with the option for page bleeds and captions.  Hence, my search for an alternative to Word.  (If Scribus is a good choice for this, my first task will be figuring out how to paste/transfer all that text from Word to a Master Page.)

Despite all the photos, the final product will be text heavy.  In my head, it looks a lot like an old print dictionary.

Thoughts?
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General Discussion / Re: Linux Scribus won't open OS X version file
« Last post by a.l.e on July 11, 2017, 06:18:37 pm »
... or you install the development version on linux...

depending on the distribution it is more or less easy...

ciao
a.l.e
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