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Beginner Talk / Re: Somehow I seems to have locked everything.
« Last post by dragonfly on September 10, 2018, 12:05:56 am »
Well spotted.  I'm just a user and I don't know where to post bugs.
Hopefully a senior member will pick this up.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Somehow I seems to have locked everything.
« Last post by mihxil on September 09, 2018, 11:30:27 pm »
I just installed the nightly build of today. In that, it seems to work again, so it seems that some bug related to this was fixed lately?

Ok, I finally figured it out. It was 'preview mode' which I had accidentally toggled.  The behaviour I saw is consistent with that, upgrading to nightly build just also caused to forget this mode.

I'd like to report it as a bug then that this preview mode seems to me a bit inconsistent. Should I be able to insert object in this mode or not?
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Beginner Talk / Re: Somehow I seems to have locked everything.
« Last post by mihxil on September 09, 2018, 11:19:55 pm »
I just installed the nightly build of today. In that, it seems to work again, so it seems that some bug related to this was fixed lately?
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Beginner Talk / Re: Somehow I seems to have locked everything.
« Last post by mihxil on September 09, 2018, 11:03:55 pm »
My hunch .. could be either file permissions problem or the *.sla files have become corrupted.
I would try ..
(a) inspecting properties of *.sla file (user permissions?)
(b) opening the *.sla file in an XML editor and validating it.
I have used XMLCopyEditor to inspect *.sla files.

Last resort .. reinstall Scribus if you have just started today.

Basically retrace steps.
I already tried simply copying the file, to no avail. I can make some changes to the file, like adding a new layer (which gets broken then too). Also I ran xmllint which didn't report any xml problems with the file.

I'll try reinstalling but I would be surprised if that would make a difference, since new files seem to work, and in any case I may hope that no changes are made to the application itself  when I'm only using it.

I'm still not ruling out that I simply don't understand something. In other words what does it _mean_ if all tools are grayed out? What should one normally do in such a situation?  Is it a credible situtation that I can via the Menu  create (e.g.) a line -> Insert -> Line, but not via the tool-bar, nor can I then edit any properties of it?
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Beginner Talk / Re: Somehow I seems to have locked everything.
« Last post by dragonfly on September 09, 2018, 10:50:57 pm »
My hunch .. could be either file permissions problem or the *.sla files have become corrupted.
I would try ..
(a) inspecting properties of *.sla file (user permissions?)
(b) opening the *.sla file in an XML editor and validating it.
I have used XMLCopyEditor to inspect *.sla files.

Last resort .. reinstall Scribus if you have just started today.

Basically retrace steps.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Somehow I seems to have locked everything.
« Last post by mihxil on September 09, 2018, 10:34:05 pm »
Are you able to try .. Windows > Preflight Verifier?

Failing that idea can you launch a new document?
Yes, I can. The Preflight Verifier reports that 'no problems are found'. I can also create a new document, and then it seems to work as before, but that would mean that I'll have to do everything again. Even the backups from the past hours have the same problem, and seem to be basically unusable.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Somehow I seems to have locked everything.
« Last post by dragonfly on September 09, 2018, 10:26:38 pm »
Are you able to try .. Windows > Preflight Verifier?

Failing that idea can you launch a new document?
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Beginner Talk / Somehow I seems to have locked everything.
« Last post by mihxil on September 09, 2018, 10:08:10 pm »
I started to try out scribus today. I was able to make a few layers. Now however I seem to have entered somehow a 'readonly' mode, and most icons the properties windows seems to be grayed out all the time. It is driving me crazy. I can insert new objects via the menu, but more than one action seems to be impossible.

I'm using 1.5.4 on mac. Can I somewhere see some log-file or so? Perhaps that would help me understand what's going wrong and what I should change to get things in working order again,  because I'm starting to think that something is really broken in the sla-file.  Restarting the application doesn't help.

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Features / Re: Suggestion: a good start for footnotes Insert > Char > Footnote#
« Last post by dragonfly on September 08, 2018, 10:05:20 pm »
I don't consider this thread, which consider practical examples of writers' workflows, to be too off topic.
In fact practical examples do help me to think through my own workflow for applications which require (for example) mathematical expressions as in LaTeX.

My own thinking is that Scribus will always be present in the toolchain to address the final stages of publication. But it will be the last link in the toolchain before the print stage.

Scribus has openly declared some weaknesses as a mainline story editor or composer. The trick is to find the optimum boundary between external content management (Atom) and layout management (Scribus) and to create a pipe between the two.

I was unaware of Lilypond but after reading one article ...
https://rudigermeyer.com/words/diving-into-the-lilypond
I can see that it fits nicely into the Atom framework we have discussed.

So we now learn that the end document is to contain music scores.
So far. so good.

Being inquisitive by nature I explored LilyPond here.
http://lilypond.org/

Quote
LilyPond is a music engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music possible. It brings the aesthetics of traditionally engraved music to computer printouts.

In fact I found that lilypond 2.18.2 is available in my Ubuntu Software Centre so I simply installed that package suite using Synaptic Package Manager.

lilypond
lilypond-doc.pdf
lilypond-doc-html
lilypond-data
lilypond-doc-pdf-<different languages>

python wrappers

The full 20 yards.

Switched to learning about LilyPond ...

http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/learning/index.html

Explored packages for compiling Lilypond scripts:

https://atom.io/packages/AtLilyPond      atlilypond

https://atom.io/packages/lilycompile      lilycompile

After Window:Reload I create a test file example.ly from LilyPond templates,

Code: [Select]
\version "2.18.2"

melody = \relative c' {
  \clef treble
  \key c \major
  \time 4/4

  a4 b c d
}

\score {
  \new Staff \melody
  \layout { }
  \midi { }
}

The syntax is coloured in Atom, and I can use Lilycompile to compile two files which appear in a tmp folder:
example.pdf
example.midi

I see that there is an Atom PDF View package.

https://atom.io/packages/pdf-view

Code: [Select]
apm install pdf-view
Window:Reload

And now .. I can preview the compiled Lilypond example.ly file within Atom.

It remains to feed this PDF into the document production pipeline.

Pandoc has a PDF > image filter so my next step will be to explore converting PDF to image (although Scribus can import PDF).

Another fragment I wrote in another thread explained that *.sla documents can be managed in a nosql database, since they are xml files.  But that would be required only if large collections were being pulled down into Scribus and printed and in some ways takes on Indesign et al cloud capability.
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Features / Re: Suggestion: a good start for footnotes Insert > Char > Footnote#
« Last post by jack_cat on September 08, 2018, 06:38:26 pm »
I fear we are getting off topic in focusing on Atom instead of Scribus, and apologize to the forum generally. For me, this topic appears well worth pursuing at the moment.

At this moment I cannot grok Dragonfly's latest post, have to wait till after the weekend, as I have a workday.

To continue: It turns out that there is a Lilypond package for Atom. This offers the (albeit only a faint glimmer at the moment) possibility of bypassing my antique music notation software exported to .png and tweaked in Gimp (my production method for musical examples to date) and replacing it with Lilypond code generated in Atom and possibly using the /include or /merge routines (however that will work) to embed the examples in the doc directly. While I have seriously resisted learning Lilypond, which is a text markup language for music scoring, I am currently, as a result of this conversation, re-evaluating for the umpteenth time my entire work flow. As I did many years past successfully learn HTML sufficiently for my own purposes, and am now learning Markdown (sort of, so far), - and observing that programmers seem to not think twice about learning and using multiple programming and scripting languages, which is evident from the structure of Atom - using Lilypond is on the table again in a new context. The footnote issue has been a catalyst for this, we'll see where it goes.
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