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Title: Independent control of columns in 2-column format
Post by: Paul McG on January 19, 2016, 04:28:50 pm
I am using 1.5.0svn with Windows and have a document set up with 2 columns. Now I want to add some footnotes, but I want the footnotes to stretch across a single column. What I dont seem to be able to do is to gain control of just the left-hand column so that I can shorten it to fit the footnotes in and leave the right-hand column unaffected. Do I have to start again with independent and then linked columns? Or can I somehow do something with what I have now? I have added an attachment so you can sort of see the problem.

Thanks

Paul
Title: Re: Independent control of columns in 2-column format
Post by: a.l.e on January 19, 2016, 04:47:42 pm
i would use indipendent frames, guides, and a typographic grid...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grid_%28graphic_design%29

(not the grid that is in scribus, the one you can create in the guide manager, automatic grids...)
Title: Re: Independent control of columns in 2-column format
Post by: Paul McG on January 19, 2016, 04:55:44 pm
Thanks for quick reply. So, it is not possible to separate the two columns once you have selected "Automatic Text Frames" and "Columns:2" in the New Document dialog box? Paul
Title: Re: Independent control of columns in 2-column format
Post by: a.l.e on January 19, 2016, 05:26:05 pm
just make it 1 column and use the "link" tool (you'll find it in the toolbar) to link the current frame to a new empty one and let the text flow from one to the other...

btw, in most cases i would not use automatic text frames... (and you cannot disable (or enabled) it after you have created the document...)
Title: Re: Independent control of columns in 2-column format
Post by: Paul McG on January 19, 2016, 05:29:56 pm
OK, thanks. I will start again with non automatic columns this time.
Title: Re: Independent control of columns in 2-column format
Post by: Kunda on January 19, 2016, 09:26:10 pm
Looks like it's related to http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=3266
Title: Re: Independent control of columns in 2-column format
Post by: Paul McG on January 19, 2016, 09:30:37 pm
Yes, that's it. But, anyway, I started over, with a manually set up 2-column format. Tomorrow I will try to learn tables. Paul