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Importing A4 size eps results in height increase of 3000 inches

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GarryP:
The PDF Export function of OO/LO uses the same parameters as the Print function. Therefore you need to check what will be exported by using the Print Preview function.

Go to "File -> Print Preview" and see what will be exported (using Previous/Next Page as necessary to move between tables/sheets). If a table leaks over to another page, go to "Format -> Page". In the "Sheet" tab there are some "Scale" settings; choose whatever looks best for whatever you need. Some experimentation might be needed to get it looking just right. (You might also like to go into the "Header" and "Footer" tabs and set the header and footer to "Off" at the same time.) That should make things right. (Each page can be formatted individually.)

When you import the PDF into the frame, Scribus uses a 100% size as default. If this isn't what you need then go to the "Properties Palette" Image tab and select "Free Scaling". Then use the settings there to get the table to fit nicely in your frame. (Double clicking a free-scaling image frame also allows you to drag the "image" around to where it looks nice in the frame.) Just think of each PDF page as an image in it's own right.

Once you've done this you shouldn't need to change the settings unless the size of your table changes. And even then you probably only need to tweak things a little the same way you already did.

I hope this helps.

One other thing I'd like to mention is that lines in your workbook that are set to a "hairline" width might not display quite as you might expect when viewed at anything other than 100% zoom. There's probably a good technical reason for this (probably concering pixel boundaries or something) but I'm not best placed to explain it. If you have this problem then try increasing the thickness of your lines.

larry:
Thanks GarryP, lifesaver. After using it for a while,

1. Huge improvement to my workflow. No need to change export parameters after all. Just clicking freescaling in Properties windows palette, fit into frame, x n y positions and scale will do.

2. The eps bug on page 90 onwards does not come up using this method.

3. Noted on the lines thickness. This was already too thin with the old workflow anyway and have been adjusted accordingly. Generally 1 for standard and 3 for bold thick lines will do nicely for normal accounting tables in Annual Report format.

This should have been updated in the help manuals/forums. Granted there are different ways to skin the cat but going the gdi metafile/import eps route seems to be the more complicated way to work with tables. More steps involved too.

GarryP:
You're welcome larry. I'm glad to be of assistance.

I've had a look at this wiki page https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Complex_tables_in_Scribus and it was first created over 10 years ago and hasn't been updated since 2009 so it's probably due a bit of an update.

When I get some time - and (more importantly) if I remember to do it - I'll look at adding the PDF workflow so that people have a choice on how they do it. (I might make it a proper tutorial so that people can see the whole process instead of just a list of bullet points.)

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