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please, go back to adobe and enjoy the more user friendly experience!
just do it. now.

on the one side, i have no idea why you felt the need for writing such a sentence, but there is no reason why you should suffer, just because you want to trace an image.

you're discovering a new software, and post "sos need help urgent!" messages to a forum run by volunteers.
i'm pretty sure that with this attitude, you're much better served with a payed support and a stipulated time for reactions!
adobe can offer you that, scribus not (yet).

having said that, you're hitting a limit related to the different goals of SVG and PDF.
SVG has been created for screen display and happily manages transparencies, clips and masks.
PDF and print workflows have a harder time with it.

inkscape is SVG. scribus is PDF.
the two worlds are not always as compatible as we would like it.

scribus can use transparencies but cannot flatten them for you.
if the SVG contains clips and masks, scribus will probably fail to read them correctly (and will have a even harder time putting them in a PDF).
and the easiest way for tracing a bitmap is -- you guessed it -- to create clips and masks!

for those reasons, i'm not sure that loading a traced item into scribus is a good idea.
inkscape is (obviously) trying to do as little work as possible there, and scribus probably won't be able to do all the work needed to make the image sane enough to be printed. it's not that bad, that it fails at import time and avoids you bad surprises when you get your job back from the print shop.

of course, it would be nice if scribus could better handle transparencies, but -- slowly -- i'm more and more keen to thing that this should be solved at the pre press stage (or: why did adobe publish PDF 1.4 if no print shop accepts them?)

and, of course, if you want any further help need to upload a test image, with the svg produced by the tracing and detailed instructions for reproducing.

ciao
a.l.e

p.s.: all this having been said, i don't understand why you're missing transparent objects... they're transparent, they won't print. and if you  want to print them, just make them not transparent, so you have already one less problem.
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General Discussion / Re: Automated workflow
« Last post by Gibbz on April 03, 2019, 05:31:47 am »
Ive been using scribus + python to generate price lists from a csv file.
It shouldn't be that hard to do what you want using the method.

You can see an example here:
https://www.haesemathematics.com/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTkvMDQvMDMvNmp1M3A0bGQ3b19vcmRlcmZvcm0ucGRmIl1d/orderform.pdf
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Do you have the svg file for testing?

You could try export as a pdf and import that to scribus?
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Raster and Vector Graphics / Re: import image max resolution
« Last post by mnawij on April 02, 2019, 11:04:06 pm »
Nermander, actually no, there is a visual difference with the higher resolution. RIP printing is actually LPI = lines per inch, see this calculator https://www.easycalculation.com/unit-conversion/dpi-to-lpi-converter.php.  It is just easier to talk to the customers in terms of DPI, something they understand.  Most RIPs until within the last decade did a maximum lpi of 200 which converts to 400 dpi, before this the maximum was 150 lpi which equated to 300 dpi (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lines_per_inch), this is why most printers recommend a minimum of 300dpi but if they have a new RIP, then they should be requesting higher dpi resolution.  The only drawbacks to the higher lpi/dpi is process time when imaging the film or direct to plate and it theoretically will burn out the imaging laser faster so some shops still run the output at 150-175 lpi which as you mentioned still looks fairly sharp.  Hope maybe this clears it up.  So it does not hurt to ask what lpi your printer is using and adjusting images accordingly...

Cheers!

mnawij
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Text and Typography / Text box pop-up
« Last post by ChrisG on April 02, 2019, 09:03:19 pm »
Hello, potential Scribus user here and total beginner. Can Scribus create a document that enables a text box to pop-up on a curser roll-over or a curser action? Thanks.
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Raster and Vector Graphics / Re: import image max resolution
« Last post by Nermander on April 02, 2019, 06:29:15 pm »
But raster DPI is not the same as image PPI, is it?

Generally one image pixel is rasterized into several raster dots.

An at normal viewing distance I doubt you will see a difference between 1200 PPI and 4800 PPI. You would need a magnifying glass to be able to see any difference.
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MacOS / Re: Document Won't Open 'Crashes due to signal #6'
« Last post by a.l.e on April 02, 2019, 09:19:23 am »
can you create a new file, add a text frame, save the file, close it and reopen it?

if you can do that, probably, your scribus is fine.

if you cannot, you should try to reset the preferences. i can post further instructions for removing the preferences, if this is what you need.
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MacOS / Re: Document Won't Open 'Crashes due to signal #6'
« Last post by woody543 on April 01, 2019, 10:04:36 pm »
I have been able to recover corrupted *.sla file using XMLCopyEditor.

http://xml-copy-editor.sourceforge.net/

Try validating the *.sla file (which is XML format).

If it cannot be validated then the internal XML code needs to be corrected.

[Later edit] If you search for "signal #6" you will find this thread which (although referring to Linux) identifies Qt libraries as cause.

http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,638.0.html

Thanks for getting back to me. Unfortunately, I had to reproduce all of the work and never close the file as it seems once closed it cannot be re-opened.

The crash mentioned above definitely appears to be the same one I have. Apologies, I'm not the most technical of people. Please, could you be able to help me locate the equivalent fix for mac?

"solved by simply removing qt-at-spi package"

Thank you!
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Beginner Talk / Re: Barcode generation in Scripter
« Last post by a.l.e on April 01, 2019, 07:38:29 pm »
ciao paolo

it would not be that hard to add a command to the scripter API for it. but, in this case, i'm not sure it's the right thing do (it would be putting a dependency of a plugin to a different and unrelated plugin).

in this case, i guess it's pretty simple to find a python library that will generate some png or svg that you can then include in scribus.
the scribus code also uses an external library to convert your input into a rester image (i guess...)

please share your solution so that other people won't have to reinvent the wheel!

ciao
a.l.e
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Beginner Talk / Barcode generation in Scripter
« Last post by paolobb4 on April 01, 2019, 06:54:43 pm »
Good day people   :)
I'm new to scribus and I'm working on some pdf generation with scripting. I was wondering if there's a way to call the standard Scribus barcode generation tool from script, and more generaly how to call any standard Scribus tool.

I have no idea of how or where does scribus define it's tools but there must be some code somewhere and I really, really hope it is also callable from Scripter  ;D

(I did see there's an example for a script that generates code39 barcodes but I'm hoping not to have to reinvent the wheel just to render the code128 barcodes that I need)

Cheers everyone.
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