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General Discussion / Ligatures PDF export
« Last post by benberlin on July 02, 2018, 01:03:55 pm »
Hey there,

I noticed that scribus has ligatures. When I export a file with f.e. https://scribus.net and want to copy that adress out of the document it copies "h-8ps". Is there a way to export pdf without ligatures but keep them inside the document?
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Vector graphics and postscript / Re: Possible vector graphic trouble pdf/x-1a
« Last post by LesCM19 on June 29, 2018, 01:56:26 am »
What’s the size of the file with vectors? Vectors can make the file very large. It is annoying how DTRPG doesn’t tell you what’s wrong when a file won’t upload though.

It was a fair size, I'll check when I touch base with home. I got the impression the website upload was 'timing out' or rejecting it as a false positive for...something or other. That was just my feeling as you say, no specific error to work with, I was just reading between the lines.
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Vector graphics and postscript / Re: Possible vector graphic trouble pdf/x-1a
« Last post by mnawij on June 28, 2018, 11:34:17 pm »
I would recommend converting the file to an image format at 400-600 dpi depending on your smallest font point size. jpg / tif / png file formats should work, double check with DTRPG.  Also vector files actually are smaller than raster/image files.  Another option if you have access to Adobe Acrobat is to resave the pdf file to flatten: see  https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/printing-complex-pdfs-acrobat.html  about 4 topics down from the top before uploading your file.

Regards,

mnawij
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PDF Generation / Re: Won't show as a PDF
« Last post by Nermander on June 28, 2018, 10:41:28 pm »
Just to clarify.

Scribus has two options for layers. Visible and Printable. They can be used in any combination.

Layer is not visible but prints (ends up in PDF but does not show on screen in Scribus)
Layer is visible but does not print (does not end up in PDF, but is shown on screen in Scribus)
Layer is visible and prints (ends up in PDF and is shown on screen in Scribus)
Layer is not visible and does not print (does not end up in PDF or show on screen in Scribus).
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Beginner Talk / Re: Total Newbie - importing from Microsoft Publisher - text boxes
« Last post by a.l.e on June 28, 2018, 04:48:49 pm »
nice that that got sorted out!

(btw, the "rant" about uploading the needed file was not target at you directly: i rather wanted to leave a trace and maybe help people in the future to get better and quicker replies by providing enough information and files : - )
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Vector graphics and postscript / Re: Possible vector graphic trouble pdf/x-1a
« Last post by Farland on June 28, 2018, 04:01:37 pm »
What’s the size of the file with vectors? Vectors can make the file very large. It is annoying how DTRPG doesn’t tell you what’s wrong when a file won’t upload though.
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hi

i got the the .pub file from the bug tracker and:

- there does not seem any content in there that needs to be hidden from the world!
  guys, please make our life easier and share your work, when you want help on issues that happen with a specific file!
- i could not find any issue in the file.
  what you are experiencing is probably: "grouping". a few text frames are grouped with rectangles surrounding them.
  just ungroup them and you will be able to edit the text below it.
  i'm not 100% sure of it, but from your description, this could be the issue.

if i'm correct with the diagnose above, this issue could have been resolved in a matter of minutes if you would have provided the file and other people could have seen it.

if you want to learn about scribus, the flossmanual is not a bad resource: http://write.flossmanuals.net/scribus/introduction/

and if you have further questions, just open a new topic : - )

have fun!
a.l.e

Sorry about that - just followed the suggestion in the original post to make it private not realising that it would be counter productive.

Will try and ungroup and report back by editing this post. I may be calling for help again, though!

Edit: yes, a simple ungroup made the text boxes editable. Thanks again for all the help.
Also, full marks for adding a working import mechanism for Publisher files.
As can be seen up thread, it is a nightmare without this feature.
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Vector graphics and postscript / Possible vector graphic trouble pdf/x-1a
« Last post by LesCM19 on June 28, 2018, 10:25:52 am »
I have been trying to get my pdf/x-1a document past the Wargame Vault/DriveThruRPG/Lightning Source premedia stage for a while.

Completed contents files would not upload to WV, it wasn't that they were rejected, the upload just hung. Since then tests revealed that contents versions without vector files uploaded OK but versions with vector files sent direct to LS were rejected possibly due to a flattening issue, they said.

Is this something which can occur with vector graphics? I have three layers for the background masterpages, image boxes and text boxes (the vector files are in the image layer for text to flow around).

The vector graphics were created by printing to a .ps file with a virtual postscript printer, renamed to .prn files and imported as vector files. They display fine when viewing the finished pdf.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Total Newbie - importing from Microsoft Publisher - text boxes
« Last post by a.l.e on June 28, 2018, 09:38:50 am »
hi

i got the the .pub file from the bug tracker and:

- there does not seem any content in there that needs to be hidden from the world!
  guys, please make our life easier and share your work, when you want help on issues that happen with a specific file!
- i could not find any issue in the file.
  what you are experiencing is probably: "grouping". a few text frames are grouped with rectangles surrounding them.
  just ungroup them and you will be able to edit the text below it.
  i'm not 100% sure of it, but from your description, this could be the issue.

if i'm correct with the diagnose above, this issue could have been resolved in a matter of minutes if you would have provided the file and other people could have seen it.

if you want to learn about scribus, the flossmanual is not a bad resource: http://write.flossmanuals.net/scribus/introduction/

and if you have further questions, just open a new topic : - )

have fun!
a.l.e
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Sorry about that blind alley.
<snip>

However, if at some later stage you take the view that you might try Linux (Ubuntu) on your cluster of PC's so that you can benefit from more open source software I am willing to refer to how to dual boot your PC so that you can use Windows or Ubuntu 16.04

From your first post ...

Quote
Edit: should have said Windows 7 64 bit as the OS.

Adopting my suggestion you would end up with a dualboot Windows 7 + Ubuntu 16.04.
But this will not help you in your short term task.

[Later Edit / Postscript]

Further trawling  found this ..

https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-open-a-pub-file-without-publisher

which advises to open the PUB file using LibreOffice Draw (in LibreOffice suite) first and not LibreOffice Writer, then save as DOC.

Perhaps I should note that I do have some Linux systems and can also administer them and set up dual boot.
I have been a Unix system administrator off and on since about 1987. Started out with AT&T System V but have worked with many variants including Berkley. 8)
I used to run Fedora at one time, but recently I have been running Mint mainly.
However I have various hardware devices which are only supported in Windows so I use Windows for about 99% of the time these days.
However thank you for your kind offer. :)

Thanks for the details about filters for LibreOffice.

I did open the document on LibreOffice Draw but the text was overlaid and scrambled so much that it was more or less unreadable.

Now for another techie diversion which has good news at the end. I have several systems which were upgraded to Windows 10 then immediately downgraded again to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. This reserved the ability to run W10 in the future without having to pay for an upgrade. I had an SSD crash on my Windows 8.1 system but was short of time and just used a Windows 7 system instead. I've resurrected the crashed system from the HDD copy that was upgraded to W10 and this one has a copy of Publisher. So I am hopeful that I can get at the file and edit it once the system has finished doing whatever W10 does after it has been left turned off for a while. Seems to be mainly thrashing the HDD, presumably doing whatever background patching that is required.

Touch wood my most immediate problem has gone away (subject to the vagaries of W10) but I still would prefer to switch to using Scribus in the longer term. There is also the bug in the import from .pub to try and bottom out with the developers.

Thanks to everyone for their help so far.
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