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General Discussion / Multiple PDF-Documents by one Svribus document
« Last post by Hamburger62 on April 18, 2019, 11:40:57 pm »
Hi all,

i am new on scribus and not sure if scribus is the right tool for me.

My problem:
i have to build courseware for a seminar. I need three documents and like to get these three docs by one source.

Document one is a trainer manual including whole content.
Document two is manual for participants. Here are some hints for trainer are deleted. These hints mostly written inside of grafics written in red color.
Document three is set of some (maybe 20%) pages of participants manual. These pages are printed as a flip chart.

All three need to be PDFs to be printed by supplier.

Any idea if i can do these with scribus and how to do?

Regards
Ralf
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Tutorials, Tips and How-Tos / Image missing when opening existing sla file?
« Last post by ggiaggia on April 18, 2019, 08:19:02 pm »
2019-04-18
Upon opening an existing sla file with stable Scribus, two images layers that were present the day before are now gone.  :( All project files are in the same folder. This is on ongoing problem. Is there a fix? Thank you.
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General Discussion / help with splitting table cells in 1.5.4
« Last post by michael on April 18, 2019, 07:04:57 pm »
When I make a table and merge some cells I cannot find a way to split them again.  The split option is always grey.  I cannot find any situation where the split cells option is not grey.  Steps to reproduce:
  • Open Scribus 1.5.4
  • Create a new document with default options
  • insert a 5x5 table
  • merge row 1 into a single cell
  • split row 1 back into 5 cells.  >> not working. the split option is grey.  how can this be done?
Thanks!
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Hi there,

I am designing a very short (4 pages) booklet but as using some boxes with shadows etc I could see the editing mode becomes quite slow (mainly when scrolling or doing zoom out or in), but it gets normal when in preview mode.

PS: I was trying to report this as an issue in the bug platform but did not manage at all to open a ticked there.. (?) my doubt on how to use hte bugs report platform would go beyond this particular report (in order to know how to use it .. )
cheers to all developers and moderators
thanks
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus Very Slow
« Last post by Jon Artaza on April 18, 2019, 05:51:21 pm »
...
if you think that indesign is better for you, buy a license and use it.
nobody has ever been forced to use scribus. if you use it, it's because it's the tool that best meets the numerous constraints and needs you have.

scribus is a good tool, but it's not the best tool for every case.
...

Hey, I'm just kidding a bit with the problem ... I'm superfan! I have both 1.5 and 1.4 installed. I have worked with it on many projects.
Despite this, I think this problem is annoying to prepare novels, and I think there are many people who start in this "world" by editing their own.
This problem may frustrate them to use scribus.
I would like to have better skills in phyton to be useful with the project. :(
I'm sorry, if I would had been annoying! :-[
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus Very Slow
« Last post by a.l.e on April 18, 2019, 04:53:41 pm »
what should i say?
you seem to have found a workaround.

if you think that indesign is better for you, buy a license and use it.
nobody has ever been forced to use scribus. if you use it, it's because it's the tool that best meets the numerous constraints and needs you have.

scribus is a good tool, but it's not the best tool for every case.
it's good enough tool for many tasks.
it's the best tool for other tasks.
and it's not good enough for various tasks.

we are working to make it better but the slowness with long chains of text will stay for some time...
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General Discussion / Re: Scribus Very Slow
« Last post by Jon Artaza on April 18, 2019, 01:18:21 pm »
So I am working on a book.  It is up to about 200 pages and Scribus is killing me with the slowness.  Saving takes like 5 mins, and even scrolling to the next page takes like 30 secs.  It isn't my computer (plenty of RAM and power), and as far as linked text frames go, my chapters are separated; I am linking about 20-30 pages of text in each chapter.  Is there a way to get Scribus to speed up.  This is making my project take much longer than it should.

I'm in the same case with big amounts of text put it together. My solution is cut the text in short peaces (for example, for chapters, or each ten pages) and putting them in separate chaining text windows groups as you. I hope to explain myself (my english is very bad).  It's the only way I have found to minimize this problem (a long term problem in Scribus, of course. Very long term annoying problem!  :-\)

Off topic (or not) This is a big problem for standarized the use of scribus, indesign boys and girls laugh in our faces... Damned it!  ;D
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Scripts and Plugins / Working on a pybind11 new Scripter for Scribus
« Last post by a.l.e on April 18, 2019, 10:46:33 am »
After a long preparatory phase (and a few fails at upgrading the current solutions), I think that I've finally a way to get to a new Scripter for Scribus that:

- Would have a more sane API
- Is simple to maintain
- Is more pythonic
- Works with Python 3
- Is based on PyQt5 / PySide2 rather than on Tcl/Tk

The first bits, with only two function in the API is here

https://github.com/aoloe/scribus-plugin-scripter-pybind11/

and it allows to get the current file name (if any) with this Python code:

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import scribus
import sys

try:
    doc = scribus.get_current_document()
    print(doc.get_name())
except:
    print("Unexpected error:", sys.exc_info()[0])

If you have some experience with using the Scripter, are a Python programmer or otherwise feel that you have a say, I would be very interested in getting help with the planning of the new API.

As I write in the README linked above, I'd like to create a new API that is close to what the Scripter2 should have been: https://scribus-scripter.readthedocs.io/en/latest/docs/documentapi.html
(the main difference: the return values will be Python objects, not strings with the name of the resource).

Of course, help in the implementation itself would also be welcome, but i hope to be rather fast on not that part (mostly, copying  and refactoring what is already in the current Scripter...).

The plan is to have an API that can do some simple tasks ready for the next LGM

Ciao
a.l.e

P.S.: If you're wondering why: we need a new Scripter because the current solutions cannot be upgraded to Python 3 and Tcl/Tk has issues on Mac OS.
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Scripts and Plugins / Re: Importing Python Modules in windows
« Last post by a.l.e on April 18, 2019, 10:36:35 am »
hoi michi

would you mind testing this?

https://github.com/aoloe/scribus-plugin-scripter-pybind11/issues/2

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# doing execfile() on this file will alter the current interpreter's
# environment so you can import libraries in the virtualenv
activate_this_file = "/path/to/virtualenv/bin/activate_this.py"

execfile(activate_this_file, dict(__file__=activate_this_file))

if you're using "-m venv" you'll probably need to find the virtualenv's "activate_this.py"...

i've not tested it, but it looks like a solution for your problem... slightly better than running pip from inside of scribus (which, imo, looks like a wonderful hack to me!)
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there are exceptions, but in most cases, it's not such a great idea to leave a padding in the image frames...

and, no, there is no easy way to center the image in a frame...

... even if there are ways to do that... like first fitting the frame to the image, place it correctly, and then grow the frame in the shape tab...
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