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Layout Issues / Re: Is a Book 135x120 mm. something for scribus?
« Last post by dragonfly on October 30, 2018, 09:04:21 pm »
I have only used Scribus for a few days but already found some possible problems described as lost formatting between LibreOffice and Scribus.

Others who are more experienced users of Scribus (I am recent to the Scribus field) will probably advise you that external text styling is lost when migrating content from external editors you have mentioned.  Scribus certainly comes with advanced features in layout of documents for the print shop but in my view the loss of legacy styling of content is a weakness in the import pipeline.

Recently I have been studying how to overcome this loss of external styling. I conclude that a way forward is to export epub from say LibreOffice (or other editors, including markdown/Pandoc which I am using). Then the problem to solve is how to transfer the epub document (ebook) into target Scribus document. At least an epub document (which internal content can be inspected in Sigil) is a standard and preserves original styles. However in going from ebook to Scribus the colour profiles will still need to be optimised for printing rather than the colour profiles used in web or ebook reader. That much I learned from studying this forum.

This python library seems to offer one bridge between external ebook and Scribus document model.  At least this is my own enhancement roadmap.  There are other migratory bridges I have investigated such as regarding Scribus document as XML document and using xquery to target internal xml elements. That option also works nicely.  The advantage is that Scribus document can be held in an xml database and can emulate some of the features of inDesign.

Look also at the scripting options in Scribus.

Layout Issues / Is a Book 135x120 mm. something for scribus?
« Last post by Erix on October 30, 2018, 08:18:44 pm »
I'm a Retired Typographer and Designer who has worked in QuarkXPress for many years (which I no longer have access to). Now I want to investigate whether Scribus can help me produce a book 135x210 mm, mainly with one font (straight and italics) + chapter headings and no illustrations.

Workflow: The author writes script in Ms Word with Times New Roman. I am proofreading and linguisticly editing continuously and checking correct typography. The text is then transferred as a whole to me in one document (word). Without a problem, I open the document in LibreOffice and save as odt. All text formatting is included in LibreOffice. My intention is now to be able to flow the text in its entirety to page templates in Scribus. Times New Roman in script will be replaced by Book Antiqua or similar. I have understood that the selected font must contain genuine Italic /Bold. This is what I would have done in, for example, QuarkXPress.

I have only used Scribus for a few days but already found some possible problems described as lost formatting between LibreOffice and Scribus. Therefore, I have described the workflow in its entirety.

As I described, it is important in my workflow to keep the formatting already in detail in the author's script (Word > LibreOffice (odt) > Scribus. LibreOffice saved as odt has been described by users as the correct way to keep the formatting). This has failed for me in various attempts. What am I doing wrong?

Returns with other questions separately. E.g. I have not found any command for indentation on the first line in a paragraph, even when I type a text directly in Scribus. A blanc line in manuscript is almost always replaced by square indentation.
Such things ...

Best regards and thanks for answers and comments.
Features / Re: Suggestion: a good start for footnotes Insert > Char > Footnote#
« Last post by dragonfly on October 30, 2018, 12:00:13 pm »
It does appear from this old thread .. .. that the University of Milan lsr server does go off line on occasions.

The web page at might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

I tried pinging it today.

Code: [Select]
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

So the options appear to be:

(a) raise a question at lilypond site on server status
(b) switch to online (url) queries for corpus building using TextSTAT.

I guess I was just lucky to earlier download the snippets repository to experiment with AntConc.

TextSTAT is a useful concordance tool. Since it is python based it might be a better choice to integrate (later) into Scribus pipeline.

Incidentally the conclusion I arrived at on Markdown>Scribus pipeline prototype was that the Atom markdown > Scribus pipeline requires an intermediary standard and as far as I see it should be epub2/epub3.

Thus the envisaged pipeline chain I'm working on will be ..

Atom (or other pre-authoring framework) Markdown > Markdown Preview Enhanced / Pandoc > Epub export > Scribus Epub import > printed AND/OR online publications

Ironically I have read that there has been earlier discussion on exporting epub from Scribus and I see that there is Scribus work in progress on that.  With the above envisaged chain, epub is created before hitting Scribus.  The epub style emulates the required Scribus document layout.  However Scribus does offer advanced layout features such as text flow around polygons and vectors and some compromise will be needed.

Code / Re: Compiling scribus with qt creator
« Last post by a.l.e on October 30, 2018, 11:21:41 am »
... eh eh... i've added in the documentation that one should click on the apply button...
Code / Re: Compiling scribus with qt creator
« Last post by Gibbz on October 30, 2018, 09:32:13 am »
awesome! Thats the button! Who would have thought the apply button was there! :)

Thanks for the help! Its all working now!
MacOS / Re: Scribus vs MacOS Mojave
« Last post by a.l.e on October 30, 2018, 07:58:22 am »
ok... personally i cannot test...

somebody (possibly one of you both) has now opened a ticket for it:

let's wait for the reply from the developer in charge of the dmg...
Code / Re: Compiling scribus with qt creator
« Last post by a.l.e on October 30, 2018, 07:50:04 am »
eh eh... if i understand you correct,y that's one of the weak points of that dialog: i also needed many tries and help on irc to understand it:

you have to click on the "apply" button below the list...
Code / Re: Compiling scribus with qt creator
« Last post by Gibbz on October 30, 2018, 05:08:56 am »
Hrmm, I cant get the setting to stick in there in qt.

Under debug build I click > Add > String > Edit the <UNSET> fields WANT_DEBUG and 1
Click file > save all

Close qt creator, reopen and my setting is no applied. If i try and build without restarting, I get the not a debug build error.

Can you check if this setting is being written to a file somewhere? If i can change that file, I may be able to work around the issue.
Free discussion / Re: Small project in scribus
« Last post by Brinesin on October 30, 2018, 04:01:36 am »
I want help in designing a portfolio of work I have done as an architect, mostly as an employee.  The purpose is for seeking employment.    I will provide the images (photographs and drawings).  The person hired will do a fixed number of spreads.
I will update the portfolio with new projects, so the spreads will serve as templates for other projects.  I don't want a graphic designer doing something I cannot update or modify over time.  This is why I am looking for it to be done in Scribus.
MacOS / Re: Scribus vs MacOS Mojave
« Last post by RandyB on October 30, 2018, 01:55:34 am »
I have the same problem.  I just upgraded to Mojave 14 and Scribus 1.4.6 will not load.  I gets past the fonts loading and hangs on the color pallet.  I have had to force quit several times.  Help.
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