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Beginner Talk / Re: remove border
« Last post by Tidy on July 10, 2020, 02:13:42 am »
Found the solution, had to go to View then Document and there disable Show Frames.
Beginner Talk / Re: remove border
« Last post by Tidy on July 10, 2020, 02:00:48 am »

I am running scribus 1.55 on Linux x64. I have opened a PDF file and want to add a text frame without a visible border line. I mark the text frame, then go to the properties, set the colors for Fill and Stroke to none, no effect.
If I change the Type of Line that does not have any effect as well.
If I go to Shape and then edit I can activate the check box Edit Contour Line, but then nothing happens.
Now I'm lost, any hints?


PS: Same behaviour on a new scribus file (without opening a PDF first...)
Beginner Talk / Re: Import pdf & eps fails
« Last post by amunizp on July 09, 2020, 07:53:44 pm »
Hello, bumping this up hoping to find a solution to it. I have tried finding bug report and a wiki on this with no luck.

The documents that I (and many other) wish to import into scribus for editing is any of the ones contained here:

The PDF in particular I would like to annotate on using scribus is

When open existing document the command line feeds this back:

$ scribus
Gtk-Message: 17:34:52.628: Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"
PostScript import failed when calling gs as:
-q -dNOPAUSE -dNODISPLAY -dBATCH -dDELAYBIND -g2381x3368 -r288 -dTextAlphaBits=4 -dGraphicsAlphaBits=4 -c 0 0 translate -sTraceFile=/home/andres/.scribus//ps.out -sExportFiles=/home/andres/Documents/kitchen/Document--sfbb-caterers-pack-fixed /usr/lib/scribus/import.prolog /home/andres/Documents/kitchen/sfbb-caterers-pack-fixed.pdf -c flush cfile closefile quit

Ghostscript diagnostics:

   GPL Ghostscript 9.26: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1


   Execution stack:

      %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--
      --nostringval--   --nostringval--   false   1   %stopped_push   2044   1   3   %oparray_pop   2043   1   3   %oparra
   y_pop   2024   1   3   %oparray_pop   1884   1   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   %errorexec_pop   .runexec2   --no
   stringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--

   Dictionary stack:

      --dict:1236/1684(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:78/200(L)--

   Current allocation mode is global

   Current file position is 2202

$ uname -a
Linux  5.3.0-62-generic #56~18.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jun 24 16:17:03 UTC 2020 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
$ scribus -v
Gtk-Message: 17:51:45.839: Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"

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General Discussion / Re: Standard Book Template
« Last post by a.l.e on July 09, 2020, 06:26:43 pm »
the patch is here:

as soon as it as accepted it will be possible to use the latest version of scribus to create a style based table of contents.

a good workaround until the day the plugin is finished...
the file seems to be a good one.

you might want to try to remove the preferences by renaming the directory


and letting scribus recreate it.
General Discussion / Re: Standard Book Template
« Last post by a.l.e on July 09, 2020, 10:54:50 am »
i now have a python script that runs inside of scribus and creates a table of contents based on the paragraph styles:

- it collects all paragraphs with the styles h1, h2, h3, then adds the content to the TOC frame with the styles toc1, toc2, toc3 and adds the page numbers where the titles occured.
- it's still very basic.
- it's only for scribus 1.5.x for now (a version for scribus 1.4.x might be possible, depending on what has been added to the scribus scripter since the release of 1.4... i have not checked it yet, but it's likely that some effort is needed to get it to work in 1.4).
- there is a bug in scribus that prevents it from running correctly in some cases (i will try to fix it later today).

since creating a UI for scripts is a bit too cumbersome, i don't think that i will create a complete TOC script that covers all sane use cases.
i'd really prefer creating a plugin for that.
but, if you cannot modify the script to fit your own needs, you can hire me to adapt the script...

I believe I am running 1.4.8, unless there was an update within the last 24 hours.
General Discussion / Re: Standard Book Template
« Last post by dragonfly on July 08, 2020, 11:36:50 pm »
@KevK wants "a single file" and no "atoms or cherries" (references to external editors I listed).

I can think of several routes to get the required TOC.  If @KevK cannot get into Scripter then I can suggest one simple approach that I tried out today.

It involves installing pandoc first. Quite simple.

Then write a TOC in a "single file" .. markdown format.

Then using command line pass this through pandoc to create a TOC pdf or jpg. This pdf/jpg can be imported into Scribus.
I used Alice in Wonderland TOC as a test run today.

Reading up about dots in contents lines I see that there is some theory about "text gestalts" - i.e. the reader's eyes can more easily follow the dots.

A more dynamic approach is to use ScribusGenerator .. however as the saying goes you can lead a horse to the water hole but can't make it drink.

Now .. the more interesting challenge is to make an Index of all references .. to go at end of technical book. A future experiment.
General Discussion / Re: Standard Book Template
« Last post by Nermander on July 08, 2020, 10:41:46 pm »
I just want a file with a basic working TOC.  In other words, I just want a file with a basic working TOC.  To put it another way, I just want a file with a basic working TOC.

But the point is that such a file will not help you, because of the way TOC is done in Scribus. It will just be confusing, becase the TOC is created from item attributes (that are not visible on the page).

So they best way to get such a file is to create it yourself. Maybe you can pay someone to create it for you, but still, you will not get help from it, because you will still need to edit the item atttributes for the items you want to appear in the TOC. And it is done the same way as adding them from the start.
Beginner Talk / Re: Scribus to pdf export
« Last post by Nermander on July 08, 2020, 10:38:59 pm »
But after exporting to PDF, the document looks like this:

                            PAGE 1          PAGE 2
                            PAGE 3          PAGE 4
                            PAGE 5           .......


The PDF actually looks like this:

How those pages are displayed are up to the PDF viewer.

The PDF can suggest a way to display it, but user settings in the PDF viewer can almost always override this (because that is kind of the point with having those settings in the PDF viewer).
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