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Beginner Talk / Re: O Masters of Scribus, guide my humble hand
« Last post by a.l.e on October 18, 2019, 10:10:01 pm »
You're welcome.

And before you feel to much depressed: I had to try a few times before getting to those two screencast...
What you see is not how I naturally work...
I knew what I had to achieve, I did try a few times and I had a script on the side with a few notes : - )

But, yes, I know Scribus rather well and I can be fast...
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Beginner Talk / Re: O Masters of Scribus, guide my humble hand
« Last post by raynapolsky on October 18, 2019, 09:32:42 pm »
Thank you! This was both
Useful and extremely kind
Scribus forever!

Edited to add: Wow! I just watched your screencast and it was fantastic. Thank you so much for taking the time to do all that. Also I'm sorry my haiku was crummy.
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Beginner Talk / Re: O Masters of Scribus, guide my humble hand
« Last post by a.l.e on October 18, 2019, 09:28:04 pm »
Since it might be of interest for other people, here is a screencast with the whole workflow:


Creating catalog labels with Scribus


here is a "faster" version where I use keyboard shortcuts for more comfort:

Creating catalog labels with Scribus (with shortcuts)
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Beginner Talk / Re: O Masters of Scribus, guide my humble hand
« Last post by a.l.e on October 18, 2019, 08:26:38 pm »
well, for three pages, just duplicate two times the page (page > copy) and fill each of the text frame with the right text.

if you need many more you can (and as reference for the next time):

- with "page > manage guides" create a grid (three columns with lot of gap, as many rows as you need
- create one text frame and set its text formatting + frame spacing so that it can contain only line in the right size.
- duplicate it three times and place the frames one per column in the top row
- "edit > multiple duplicate" to create the rows.
- use the chain tool to link the text fields (it's very easy with the "n" key)
- duplicate the page
- put all your labels in a text file, one label per line
- load the text file into the first cell and see the text flow from cell to cell.

long to explain than to do. if you upload a .txt file with the labels you're using i can make a screencast showing how to do it (i'll probably do it with 1.5... but it's not much different with 1.4)
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Beginner Talk / Re: O Masters of Scribus, guide my humble hand
« Last post by raynapolsky on October 18, 2019, 07:47:58 pm »
Hm, I probably could have busted out a haiku. Let's see ...

I need three pages
Eventually I'll need more
With 1.4.7
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Beginner Talk / Re: O Masters of Scribus, guide my humble hand
« Last post by a.l.e on October 18, 2019, 07:34:33 pm »
how many of those pages do you need and which version of scribus are you using?

(and, please, with such a title, i would have expected a post in verses...)
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Beginner Talk / O Masters of Scribus, guide my humble hand
« Last post by raynapolsky on October 18, 2019, 07:15:27 pm »
So I need to make a bunch of little tabs for our card catalog at work. I laid out the first batch, but it was an epic hassle because I had no idea what I was doing. I figured I'd post here to see if anybody could suggest a practical way to approach laying out the second half.

The first batch looks the attached image. Just a bunch of little rectangles, 1x2.125 inches. Should I just make a spreadsheet first, and then import it?

Thanks a billion. Scribus is pretty great.
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PDF Generation / Re: Fonts apparently not embedding in PDF
« Last post by a.l.e on October 16, 2019, 08:36:56 pm »
afaik, with 1.4 it's indeed possible to create PDFs that do not correctly contain all the fonts.
and, in some cases, if you're not careful, there is a risk that you don't even notice that.

with a modern 1.5 (and the future stable 1.6) that won't happen anymore.
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PDF Generation / Re: Fonts apparently not embedding in PDF
« Last post by discus277 on October 16, 2019, 06:23:55 pm »
Thanks to all for suggestions. One problem I had was the output pdf file was huge, i.e. 1 GB so I eventually found a way to reduce the file size drastically after reading several issues here on this forum.

With a smaller file size I had no problem uploading to lulu and after running it thru their software to make it print ready I downloaded the file and it appears perfect. Likewise i was able to upload successfully to Barnes and Noble (Nook) and they were able to make a perfect print ready file as well.

Therefore I must conclude that the fonts were embedded properly. However blurb still rejects the upload, saying......

It appears that this PDF was created with the Scribus application. We have found that Scribus does not reliably embed fonts properly. Your file may not pass preflight. If you experience problems, please outline the fonts and re-upload.

It looks to me like blurb simply rejects filles if they were created by Scribus...

Its their loss

Thanks again, Jim
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General Discussion / Re: Making PDFs smaller?
« Last post by a.l.e on October 16, 2019, 09:27:00 am »
so i have to suppose that you never had a 5 Mb Pdf created from the same .sla document.

acrobad and ghostscript can simplify (the glyphs placement of) Pdfs generated by scribus and shrink the file size.
that's a well known and documented optimization.
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