Indigo UI: the properties palette

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A few days ago I wanted to work on an issue that has affected for many years now.

When I import an SVG, I get lot of colors that I will never want to apply in my document:
Option to hide unnamed colours

My thoughts, wandered through a few ways, I could tweak the color lists to only optionally show the colors that I have never defined myself nor applied to one of my own shapes.

And then I thought that I should have a look at Martin's proposal:,1617.0.html
Scribus UI/UX improvements

and more specifically to

Wouldn't it be better to implement the easier parts of the Indigo UI proposal, before modifying the widget for the colors list?

The easiest part seemed to be the Shape tab of the property palette:

Here is a patch



and here is an Appimage if you want to check it out on Linux:

(the Appimage will be automatically deleted in about one week, though)

My plan:

- follow (or get inspired by) Martin's proposal,
- to shrink the size of the widgets in the xyz, shape and color widgets,
- so that they can finally be merged in one main pane that does not need anymore to be collapsed / opened (the final pane should be as high or smaller than the current xyz pane)

At the end, on a monitor with a "nowadays normal" resolution it should be possible to have the main panes of the Properties and Content (Text + Image) Palette open at the same time, one on top of the other.

Help, feedback and a good icon for the "Rounded Corners" are very welcome!

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p.s.: i've pushed a slightly improved "round corners" icon to gitlab...


Looks great, much cleaner, maybe Hover text can name each tool


yep, each of the new buttons has extensive and well forged tooltips!


Hi a.l.e,

I like to start with small changes. During my work on the implementation of the entire Indigo UI, I came across many dependencies with other functions. For example, I first started migrating all UI elements into layout blocks, but then I could not use the existing color picker because it was just a clickable rectangle. In the end it would have been better if I had started with the color picker and later with the layout blocks.

I think the right way is how you suggest working on small things, with no or minimal dependencies on other functions. Otherwise it gets messy.



Status update:

- The Shape panel is now in Scribus.
- The Image panel has been moved (as is) to a new Content Palette.
- I've made a patch to apply Martin's proposal for the XYZ panel.
- The Group panel has been emptied from all the widgets that were also in the Shape panel.
- There is a patch for moving to the content panel all the panels that change according to the item type.

The main differences to Martin's proposal:

- I'm trying to avoid introducing the "advanced" hidden sections for each panel. For now I plan a common "advanced" section (or move items to other dialogs).
- I've proposed a few changes in the XYZ panel (basepoint on the right) and Peter added a few other, that produced more changes in the layout.
  Here is the almost final result (with two errors that have been fixed later...; please do not propose further changes to this panel until it's merged...)
- The padding and the spacing is not yet correct. I wait for bigger parts of the palettes being reimplemented before styling them (for now it's a default grid).

Wish me good luck : - )

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I've been thinking about the Basepoint widget and I think it needs to be revised urgently, because it doesn't really fit either optically or technically. Technically, because many UI colors are hardcoded.
For a redesign, I primarily looked at Adobe InDesign and Affinity Publisher. In Affinity Publisher I saw that the widget also supports rotation of the selected element. I think this would be a useful widget for Scribus too.


Hi all,

I just want to give an update about the current implementation / changes of the properties panel.

Right now, I updated 3 sections (XYZ, Shape and Line). I also added a function to toggle the visibility of the smaller labels. In that way, it is possible to have a beginner-friendly mode with more explanation or a professional mode with more space-saving UI, also a nice thing for small screens.

Have in mind it is work in progress, and I'm happy to get your feedback.


Just another update. All new big UI changes are documented in the Wiki.