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Text and Typography / Re: Convert text to outline doesn't seem to work
« Last post by JohnJR on April 07, 2017, 03:06:24 am »
Hi Utik,

I thunk'a sumtin else, dang.  Somewhere, whether in a text frame or perhaps in Convert to > Outlines, I could select the frame at one of its handles (not nodes) and as I drug it around the large initial went with it distorting the letter in lots of fun ways rather than just moving statically with the frame.  Do you know what I did to cause that effect?

While I'm at it, I noted when selecting the large initial that the blue selection box included the 1.5 line spacing area.  The result when the included line spacing (that grew proportionally with the initial) reached the bottom of the text frame the whole enterprise would disappear.  Both in the properties palette and in document set up I tried to reduce the line spacing to as close to 0.00 as I could and nothing changed, that long blue edge wouldn't budge off the 1.5 spacing, it would default back to that.  The result was the initial itself was marooned far above the bottom of the text box.

Thanks again,
Text and Typography / Combining a Shape that is contained inside another.
« Last post by JohnJR on April 07, 2017, 01:07:40 am »
Hi Folks,

I have noticed that I can't seem to Shift-Select a shape that is wholly contained in another in order to Combine the two using Item > Paths > Path Operations.  I did see a cumbersome route for concentric circles in a Scribus tutorial on how to make a RSS feed logo, which might be dependent perhaps upon using an Item > Transform (by %) command.

However say you have a shape wholly contained inside a larger shape of different proportions.  I can't Shift-Select either without it defaulting to a single larger shape's frame, while the smaller shape goes totally unrecognized, I take it because its contained inside the select-able one.

Is there a straight forward way to do this, or anyway to do this?


Text and Typography / Re: Convert text to outline doesn't seem to work
« Last post by JohnJR on April 07, 2017, 12:40:44 am »
Hi Utnik,

Thanks, I sort of ferreted something like that out, but its nice to see it succinctly stated.  It will save fumbling around again.

I discovered another problem I'm having, and that is Shift-Selecting one shape inside another to combine them.  Because it is a different topic, I thought I would give it it's own post.

Thanks again,
Text and Typography / Re: changing all instances of a font across a document
« Last post by GarryP on April 06, 2017, 11:48:42 am »
You should theoretically also be able to use Search/Replace to change from one font to another but you would have to do this on a frame-by-frame basis (or with frames in a chain) as it doesn't work at a document level.

I say "theoretically" because sometimes Scribus enters a non-responsive mode. It seems to work okay with short amounts of text (e.g. single paragraphs) but it doesn't seem to handle long texts very well. Save your work before trying it.
Text and Typography / Re: Italic update?
« Last post by GarryP on April 06, 2017, 11:28:36 am »
NOTE: For Windows users, NexusFont is a decent alternative to Apple's FontBook. It doesn't have the same verification features (which is a shame) but you can easily organise things and it's got a good preview and makes it easy to compare selected fonts. And it's totally free too.
Text and Typography / Re: Convert text to outline doesn't seem to work
« Last post by utnik on April 06, 2017, 02:07:21 am »
hi john

converting a letter to an outline doesn't change the look of it. but with the letter 'V' in your file you can change the fill color to 'none', the stroke to 'black' and adjust the line width (or even combine it with the circle, using the path tools…)

…it is an outline and not a letter any more…

Text and Typography / Re: Convert text to outline doesn't seem to work
« Last post by JohnJR on April 06, 2017, 01:12:09 am »

Update:  I did try my Scribus 1.4.6 and in so doing I may have realized that the perimeter of the font does not appear, but something has been created outside the perimeter, fattened it up--Outlining not Outline.  It seems this new "outline" straddles the edge of the letter and has to be   re-manipulated with Multi Duplicate to at least eliminate the portion of it inside the edge.  Is this the only method to achieve the original goal above?

Once this external outline is created, the text frame, even with the cursor blinking, no longer selects the letter, nothing more seems to be able to be done with it.  If I Convert to > Polygon, which would be okay, the outline (and the letter too I suppose) disappears.  I suppose the latter because I've made the letter itself 100% translucent in order to be have only the new exterior outline visible.

Can I take this outline and turn it into a shape?

Text and Typography / Convert text to outline doesn't seem to work
« Last post by JohnJR on April 05, 2017, 11:22:38 pm »
Hi Folks,

I have a single letter at a large point size inside a text frame.  And there it sits; a big solid letter that overwhelms the line weights of a shape frame that the text frame partially resides in, but not totally and not combined.  To gain some balance I thought I would just outline the text and adjust the resultant line weights accordingly.

Selecting the text frame, I followed the Item > Convert to > Outlines.  Nothing discernible happens, it just sits there a big opaque letter.  I tried progressing to the recommended Item > Ungroup.  That wasn't an option--selection greyed out.  I tried working with options in the properties palette: Line and Fill to see if that changed the outcome, nothing did, see enclosed zip file.

The only results I seemed to notice is that in selecting Outlines is that it changed the frame to something other than a text frame(?).

I have Scribus 1.5.2 running on OS X 10.11.6.  I have Scribus 1.4.2 as well.  In the meantime I will experiment with placing the text frame outside the shape frame entirely, perhaps the overlap is effecting it in some way.

Text and Typography / Re: Italic update?
« Last post by JohnJR on April 05, 2017, 09:16:08 pm »
Hi Folks,

Took your suggestions and opened the apple "Font Book" application.  Woof, its a great help for anyone that is only mildly interested in seeing fonts because of the organizing and quick-review features.

Beginner Talk / Re: computers straining to run Scribus
« Last post by utnik on April 05, 2017, 08:32:05 pm »
hi ratzt

this thread is a little less than a year old!
of course, john wrote that it took ages to load the file, but i think, it's done by now…

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