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Scribus => Beginner Talk => Topic started by: mdcjsps on August 05, 2012, 05:45:39 pm

Title: AI files - problems continue with scribus importing files
Post by: mdcjsps on August 05, 2012, 05:45:39 pm
Hi folks,
I'm beginning to think I have some problems with my scribus environment (scribus or other linux libraries).
I have been unable to import EPS files (athough I have a work-arounds using GIMP).
I have now tried to open a sample AI (adobe illustrator) file by importing directly into a image frame or into a document (no frame). Import fails.
I was able to open the file with Inkscape so I know that I can get a work-around this way....
However, given the two problems, both with vector type files ?!?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 and scribus 1.4.1.svn; Ghostscript 9.05, [no GSview!]

Can anyone point me in the right direction to resolve this issue?

Any help (again) would be appreciated.
Regards,
Marc
Title: Re: AI files - problems continue with scribus importing files
Post by: Wena on August 05, 2012, 08:24:17 pm
The simple and best way is to place/open your file into Inkscape (the program is free)and the result will be that you can save it into SVG format. That works well in Scribus.

Wena
Title: Re: AI files - problems continue with scribus importing files
Post by: utnik on August 05, 2012, 08:47:39 pm
hi marc

you should import your vector work direct on the page ('file' – 'import' – 'get vector file'), not into an image frame.
i'm not sure, if it works with all ai files (adobe changed the specifications a couple of years ago – maybe you can't import old illustrator files…)

image frames are for pixel stuff (and for pdf files, but that's an other story – at least in color sensible cases you should know what you are doing…)

utnik
Title: Re: AI files - problems continue with scribus importing files
Post by: mdcjsps on August 05, 2012, 10:56:57 pm
Thanks for the feedback to the both of you.
I have tried to import directly into my page (not going through an image frame), and got a message saying import failed.
I can open the file using Inkscape and save it in an svg format and can then get the file into Scribus... so I have a workaround.

My concern is that I cannot use either EPS nor AI files using the import -get vector command and that make me think I'm missing something in my environment.

Regards,
Marc