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#1
PDF Generation / Re: Best pdf output for Family...
Last post by FemmesoleNZ - Today at 10:56:58 AM
Further to the question about why I did not just import pdf directly. Replying in case anyone else strikes the same issues. I have just spent some time trying this out (because I had not realised it was possible).

I have already published one 675 page book from Scribus; brilliant programme for me but I am probably never going to use it to full potential.

Because I am using charts and reports from Legacy Family Tree I print the pdfs generally in Arial Narrow 12pt; this is because it looks about 11pt when imported into Scribus page margins. Using pdf import for the charts was not too bad but did not have the 'crispness' I obtained when converting to png then importing.

The reports are multipage and required splitting. The pdf splitter I was using did not do this well, the font being altered and fuzzy. I attempted several splitters; some were better at not altering the font but did not handle large files. For example, one pdf was 1.5GB and I ended up with 42 files each 1.5GB in size.

Finally found one (PDFSam) that produced ok font and each page about the size it should be, but when imported into image frame in Scribus font was again fuzzy.

So I am now back to exporting from Legacy, converting all into png files and importing png files into image frames in Scribus.

Thank you for the question though; spurred me to find out the above.


#2
PDF Generation / Re: Best pdf output for Family...
Last post by FemmesoleNZ - Today at 10:35:01 AM
Thank you, Steve. That's most helpful and about what I am thinking now after a couple of intensive days.
#3
Beginner Talk / Re: Using Scribus with childre...
Last post by WilkoatWestfield - Today at 10:34:06 AM
Thank you for your input - really appreciated.

I like the recommendation of Inkscape - we also do a unit on Vector Graphics and this looks ideal.

I do completely agree that Scribus won't be as "entertaining" or exciting as other options. To some extent this is the appeal. I am focusing on the learning along the way, not the merits of the final output - as to produce something really polished on Scribus would take a lot of work, but dead easy in Canva or Adobe Express.

However, I have found young children are easily pulled in by the "fun" bits of design programs and the result is often then can use a particular app well as as an end user but don't necessarily have any explicit understanding or knowledge of skills behind what they are doing. They can produce something great quite easily, but they have been spoon-fed all the components. Once they are older, they'll be messing about with snapchat filters and whatever other nonsense will exist by the time they are teenagers, so there is plenty of time for that.

I want children to understand the very basics of layout - text boxes, image boxes, background colours, changing fonts and sizes. I find many web-based options are often too distracting for young children with a focus around things like templates and preset colour palettes and premade designs as starting points to just edit the text. I know it means the lessons might look 25 years out of date but these basics are often missed out and children are just at the perils of what the latest app does or doesn't do. 

Does this make sense to anyone?
#4
Linux / Re: Scribus 1.6.2 was not able...
Last post by a.l.e - Today at 09:34:53 AM
you will need to share the error message.

you can paste it in a text file and attach it to a post.
#5
Beginner Talk / Re: Using Scribus with childre...
Last post by a.l.e - Today at 09:32:39 AM
personally, i fear that DTP is too "boring" (or, better, not enough fun) for 7-8 years olds.
and scribus is one of the least fun tools in DTP.

i would rather create pages with inkscape and / or krita and finally merge them in a single pdf (with dedicated tools or scribus).

or physically merge the artwork on paper and then scan it to create a pdf.

i think that teaching DTP with scribus can be ok, if your goal is to teach them how to follow "strict" rules... but that is not really fun and will only work with pupils that do not look for fun.
#6
Linux / Re: Installing Scribus 1.6.1 o...
Last post by a.l.e - Today at 09:19:24 AM
no, generally speaking, with scribus 1.5.8 you can't just open a scribus file created with 1.6.1.
(currently, the two files are mostly or fully compatible, so there are ways to do that, but it does not

probably, right now, the best solution for you, is to use the scribus 1.6.2 appimage.
you can download it from the official "scribus site" and it's a single file that you need to make executable (there might be ways to integrate it with your your desktop environment, too)

#7
Linux / Re: Installing Scribus 1.6.1 o...
Last post by Ronald12 - Today at 07:51:38 AM
I was meaning the .SLA-file.
For example I can open a .gnucash-fie in windows Gnucash and i could always open an .sla-file both on windows and linux.

I know that the executable files aren´t compatible, but the datafiles are compatible.
Do you know whether a 1.6.1 is downwards compatible with 1.5.8?
#8
Linux / Scribus 1.6.2 was not able to ...
Last post by licheng - Today at 04:57:43 AM
Scribus 1.6.2 compiled successfully on Fedora 40 and Ubuntu 22.04, but failed on Debian 12.

Scribus 1.6.1 compiled without any problem on Debian 12.

Any suggestion?

By the way, I'm just an end user, not a developer.
#9
PDF Generation / Re: PDFs greater than 4Gb 'nee...
Last post by kiwi_steve - Today at 04:25:15 AM
I have tried looking through the print preview - I can view the book cover-to-cover with no problems in the viewer.

Definitely crashes in 1.6, although I will give it another go just for fun.

The printers managed to print an approval copy for me after I split the file down into smaller sections... and that has been signed off, and it's now in the final print run, which is exciting.

Cheers, Steve
#10
PDF Generation / Re: Best pdf output for Family...
Last post by kiwi_steve - Today at 04:22:39 AM
From talking with my printer, 1.4 is fine for most things - the later updates add features that don't seem to add anything useful for printing a book.

That is a very general statement, of course - you should ask your printer what version they need.

Re: quality vs. size - I turn off all compression to make sure the finished article is the highest quality possible (ie: nice sharp images)... again, this was recommended by my printer (Craigs in Invercargill)

Cheers, Steve