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I have a setup for a book with every 8 pages repeating.  Is there any way to select all 8 and duplicate them?

the short answer:

no, not really.

but keep on reading...

at first i thought, that you should fill a feature request and that in the meantime you can use a simple python script to do it.

then i went to the python script help and found out that it should be possible, but the script will be slightly more complex (you will have to manually query and apply the master page and copy each item individually. there is no copy page function there.)

not a big issue.

but there is something else in there: importing pages from a document.

well, you can do it also for the UI, then:

- quit scribus.
- make a copy of your document.
- open the original file.
- import the pages from the copy of the document.
- multiple times.

now, since i have never felt the need of such a feature and i never heard anybody asking for it, i wonder if scribus should really have a fancier "copy page" command or if the hack described above (if it indeed works!) is just good enough...

most people will want to add at most batches of 2 pages... and in those case, two well crafted master pages should be enough...

p.s.: on the one side, a small new feature cannot be bad... on the other side, every little thing added to scribus makes the code and the UI more complex... sometimes it is hard to choose.
in this case, we could also argue that every minute put in getting the "page import" to work perfectly is better spend than a minute used to add a "to ... from" into the "copy pages" dialog...

Thanks for the information.  I tried that.  When I went to import page, it said "found nothing to import."   :(

This feature does exist in InDesign.  FYI. 

we don't want to copy indesign.

we want to be better than indesign :-)

(well, the fact is that if with very few resources you try to copy a giant like indesign, you will always the be the ugly duck... so we have to create a software with its own goals...)

which version of scribus are you using?

are you importing the pages with the page > import dialog?

i've tried with the current 1.5 and it seems to work...

Justjax, can I ask a stupid question please? Why do you have every 8 pages repeating?

E.g. Is it the same exact full pages repeating? Or is it just the layout that will be repeated but each repetition will have different content?

I'm just wondering what you're trying to do as it sounds like an unusual thing to me but I obviously don't know what you're doing, hence the question.

It may be that there's an alternative solution depending on what you want the final product to be.


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