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AdmFubar:
Looked up and down scribus's option and didn't find an option to copy and paste character styles. However; :)  in the story editor there are options to apply paragraph styles which can contain just character styles. While not as convenient as a copy and paste you do not have to switch between windows to do so. in the Style Manager dialog (F4). Clicking on new will expand the dialog giving you tabs for Properties, Paragraph Effects and Character styles.  You can make your character styles there. I haven't tried this on actual text yet. It may only work for the scope of a paragraph. and not just selected characters.[/size]

calzen:

--- Quote from: AdmFubar on May 14, 2022, 03:40:52 am ---Looked up and down scribus's option and didn't find an option to copy and paste character styles. However; :)  in the story editor there are options to apply paragraph styles which can contain just character styles. While not as convenient as a copy and paste you do not have to switch between windows to do so. in the Style Manager dialog (F4). Clicking on new will expand the dialog giving you tabs for Properties, Paragraph Effects and Character styles.  You can make your character styles there. I haven't tried this on actual text yet. It may only work for the scope of a paragraph. and not just selected characters.[/size]

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Thanks for having a look and confirming I'm not missing something with regards to copy/paste styles.

I'm confused about your advice on Story Editor and Style Editor, though. I don't want to apply a paragraph style, but a character style to specific words in a paragraph that has a paragraph style. Sure, I can make just the character style 'bold' in a new paragraph style, but applying it is going to bold the entire paragraph, not the few words in the paragraph I want to bold.

E.g., I have many paragraphs like:


--- Quote ---Step 1: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Ut a sapien. Aliquam aliquet purus molestie dolor. Integer quis eros ut erat posuere dictum. Special words. Integer orci. Fusce vulputate lacus at ipsum. Quisque in libero nec mi laoreet volutpat. Aliquam eros pede, scelerisque quis, tristique cursus, placerat convallis, velit. Nam condimentum. Nulla ut mauris. Curabitur adipiscing, mauris non dictum aliquam, arcu risus dapibus diam, nec sollicitudin quam erat quis ligula. Aenean massa nulla, volutpat eu, accumsan et, fringilla eget, odio. Nulla placerat More special words.porta justo. Nulla vitae turpis. Praesent lacus.
Step 2: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Quisque vel erat eget diam consectetuer iaculis. Cras ante velit, suscipit et, porta tempus, dignissim quis, magna. Vivamus viverra, turpis nec rhoncus ultricies, diam turpis eleifend nisl, a eleifend ante felis ac sapien. Integer bibendum. Suspendisse in mi non neque bibendum convallis. Suspendisse potenti. Sed sit amet purus at felis adipiscing aliquam. Vivamus et nisl sit amet mauris aliquet molestie. Integer tortor massa, aliquam a, lacinia nonummy, sagittis nec, eros. Nunc non mauris id eros venenatis adipiscing. Cras et lectus ut nisl pharetra ornare. Yet more special words.Proin leo risus, elementum eget, ultrices vitae, molestie sed, erat. Curabitur et lectus in tellus egestas hendrerit. Sed dapibus ipsum. Quisque sit amet ligula. Suspendisse odio dolor, semper id, feugiat quis, sodales id, mauris. Curabitur id ligula ac libero malesuada pharetra.
Step 3: Nulla facilisi. Nam varius ante dignissim arcu. Suspendisse molestie dignissim neque. Suspendisse leo ipsum, rutrum cursus, malesuada id, dapibus sed, urna. Fusce sollicitudin laoreet diam. Mauris eu quam eget nulla fermentum adipiscing. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Morbi ut odio vitae Special words.eros luctus luctus. Ut diam. Phasellus ullamcorper arcu vitae wisi. Pellentesque urna odio, varius eget, dignissim quis, vehicula placerat, nunc. Ut nec metus quis nulla posuere eleifend.
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Sure, I can just bold and italicise each instance rather than applying a character style. But I'm not sure yet if I want to bold, italicise, maybe even change colour or case, etc, so I have a character style for the 'step' words and a different character style for the 'special words'. Applying character styles will let me easily change these later, and is what character styles are for.

I've been using Word for the work I do and use its Format Painter to accomplish this, but am wanting to try moving to a DTP application to up my game. It looks like other DTP programs like Pages, Publisher and I think InDesign have this covered, but unfortunately not Scribus.

I'm still torn between Scribus and Pages, as each do some things better than the other, with copy/paste styles being an example in Pages favour, and setting guides precisely being in Scribus's favour.

I'll look into how to raise copying/pasting styles as a feature request, as it can save a lot of time.

AdmFubar:
That is what i wasn't sure about. In the paragraph styles there are two tabs in the style editor one for paragraphs and one for characters. You may just need to select the characters tab, or words you want to apply the style to, and just use the character styles and not make any changes to the paragraph styles. 'm not certain that this is how it will work as I've not tried it. it would be worth a shot for you to try.

Update: I tried editing a paragraph style to adjust  just character properties. then applying to just a few words in some text. Doesn't work.

Time for a feature request to the developers as this seems a very necessary option to have.

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