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Beginner Talk / Re: Choosing Scribus vs Illustrator vs InDesign etc.
« Last post by leif1 on June 17, 2019, 10:11:19 pm »
Thanks Nermander and a.l.e.

At this stage my interest is mostly theoretical, so theoretical replies are most welcome.  It takes considerable time to get familiar with a piece of software, so there is a period where one needs to assess the pros/cons of even learning a software in a serious way.

When time allows I will try generating an EPS or PDF from a page and embed it in Scribus, and post here...
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Beginner Talk / Re: File corrupted
« Last post by a.l.e on June 16, 2019, 08:45:56 pm »
you can upload the .sla file here or in the bug tracker (https://bugs.scribus.net) and myself or somebody else can see what can be rescued...

one general hint: if strange things happen DO NOT UNDO!
the best option is to close the file without saving and redo the last steps.

if your work is important, you should do daily (or even half daily) backups.
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Beginner Talk / File corrupted
« Last post by Nyolda on June 16, 2019, 12:19:41 am »
Hey,
we are currently making a quite big magazine using Scribus (130 pages). After trying to insert a PDF somehow it opened in a seperate page, after deleting that the file crashed and can't be opened. The error message is "Error while parsing the file in line 4810, collumn 84812768 ; invalid at this place ' '." (Or something like this, the program used is in German so the message is too.)
We now tried to open the file in an editor for large texts: Line 4809 (second-to-last) contains <PAGEOBJECT> with all the parameters, but it's not closed. The last line contains another <PAGEOBJECT> with some parameters, the last of those is ImageData=" followed by many random-looking characters (I think many millions). After many of those characters the file ends without clsing ". </DOCUMENT> and the other closing thing that is normally found at the very end of a normal file are missing as well. When we deleted those two last lines and added those closers (Or whatever their name is) we got a working file, but a big part of it was missing, the pages were just white. The last page again was in the colour we put it in.
Does anyone here know a way we can save our file?
Thanks in advance!
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Beginner Talk / Re: Choosing Scribus vs Illustrator vs InDesign etc.
« Last post by a.l.e on June 15, 2019, 04:09:45 pm »
when you ask a question, please always provide the files you have generated so that we can test it.

giving theoretical replies has mostly just a theoretical validity : - )

so, in theory, you can create an svg or pdf in inkscape / illustrator and get it into scribus as vectors ors, as vectorized frame or as bitmap.

if you can share the original illustrator file and both an svg a pdf created from it, we can give a try at what happens, when it's copy pasted or imported into scribus...

you could also try to achieve the same / a similar result in inkscape and then get it into scribus (and share the inkscape file...).
(most of us probably don't have illustrator... but almost everybody has inkscape...)
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Beginner Talk / Re: Choosing Scribus vs Illustrator vs InDesign etc.
« Last post by Nermander on June 15, 2019, 08:24:07 am »
Yes, it is possible.

EPS and PDF kan be inserted into an image frame, I think PDF can also be imported as vectors. SVG can be imported as vectors (I don't think SVG can be inserted into an image frame).

But color management may not work as it should (at least for embedded PDFs). So if you want to use color management it may not give the result you want.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Choosing Scribus vs Illustrator vs InDesign etc.
« Last post by leif1 on June 14, 2019, 11:53:48 pm »
For efficiency of file size, is it possible to do the following?
1. Save each page from Illustrator or Inkscape as EPS, SVG or PDF (or some other format that is "vector" based)
2. Place that in Scribus -- hopefully smaller file size than if I exported each page as a PNG
3. Output PDF from Scribus -- hopefully fonts, etc. will be crisper because it didn't convert to bitmap
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Beginner Talk / Re: Choosing Scribus vs Illustrator vs InDesign etc.
« Last post by Nermander on June 14, 2019, 09:14:54 pm »
Well I'd say that Scribus is not an alternative to Illustrator, there I think you should look at Inkscape instead.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Choosing Scribus vs Illustrator vs InDesign etc.
« Last post by leif1 on June 14, 2019, 07:56:06 pm »
Attached file shows examples (exported from Illustrator) of the kinds of vector effects I might be using.  The black & white leader line and dotted circle use "appearances", i.e. two (could be more) strokes are stacked so that the shape can be adjusted at will and the the effects adjust automatically.  There are inner & outer glows, some using different color modes.  The green & yellow shape has drop shadow built on a merged image ("Pathfinder" toolset in Illustrator) that lets you dynamically adjust each contributing shape.  Rectangle at bottom right is modified with "pucker & bloat" effect. 

The black & orange rectangle does not use any "vector effects" but is an example of path manipulation I do in Illustrator.  It started as regular rectangle, I used Pencil tool to quickly add curves to it, then used Smoother tool to smooth it; did Outline Stroke, then in the resulting compound path I used Group Select tool to rotate the inner stroke relative to the outer stroke.

Some of these examples are probably a bit extreme, but I just like to know there's a complete range of options as I put more time into working with & learning Scribus.

Thanks for your help!
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Beginner Talk / Re: Choosing Scribus vs Illustrator vs InDesign etc.
« Last post by Nermander on June 14, 2019, 05:01:03 pm »
I think some of the things you describe can be solved by changing styles. Scribus for example has line styles, so you create a line style with a name and use that style. Then you can change the defintion of the style and all lines using that style will be changed.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Choosing Scribus vs Illustrator vs InDesign etc.
« Last post by a.l.e on June 14, 2019, 04:34:25 pm »
importing PNGs into Scribus would be the last resort for me...

if you show a what you are doing, if possible with some sample source files, we might be able to help you further...
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