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Layout Issues / Re: Facing pages layout – Make first page mirrored to second page…
« Last post by toyotadesigner on September 13, 2022, 12:24:01 am »
In the western hemisphere, the first page of any publication is placed on the right side for printing.

Usually you design the front and back cover in a separate file, that means you will have both pages — front and back — appearing side by side, as long as you use saddle stitching. In case of a book binding with a spine on one single sheet you will have the back cover on the left side, the narrow spine in the middle and the front cover on the right side.

If it helps (though not for printing), you can specify the left page being the first page, as long as you don't intend to have it printed:

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Layout Issues / Facing pages layout – Make first page mirrored to second page…
« Last post by legoaddict1949 on September 12, 2022, 03:25:39 pm »
When first creating the document I'm currently working on, I selected the "Facing Pages" layout. This means that all the pages are grouped in twos, which is great, but I have an issue: I don't want the first page to stand by itself. I want it to also be paired with another. Does this have anything to do with the master page? (I wouldn't think so, but hey, we never know.)

Thank you in advance.
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Text and Typography / Re: Special characters not showing up in Scribus
« Last post by legoaddict1949 on September 12, 2022, 03:21:16 pm »
You dont have a font that has that symbol in it.

I have to apologise. You were right! Indeed I was using only fonts which did not have the flat symbol. When downloading the MuseScore fonts from the Github repos, I finally got it to work. Thank you so much!
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from what i can judge from here, you seem to be missing a library/tool (ghostscript?)

Thanks a.l.e for this. It certainly sounds like a plausible explanation. But when I've gone to check, ghostscript appears to be present and known about by Scribus (see 2 screenshots, from my command line and from Preferences > External Tools).  Does that look correct to you?

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but, if you want to have vector graphics in your pdf output you have to ways you can experiment with:

- import the PDFs as vectors instead of loading them into image frames
- import SVGs as vectors instead of using PDFs.

Hmm. I did already try both of those, but they each come with stark compromises compared to the "PDF in image frame, embedded and exported" method which used to work.

It does seem to me that getting THAT to work — or even, if it solves matters more simply, being able to run Scribus 1.5.5 on this Monterey Mac — would be the best option.  I couldn't run 1.5.5 when I tried it, as it instantly crashed because I didn't have Python 2.7 any more.  I installed Python 2.7 via MacPorts, but then it's not in the location that Scribus was looking for it, and even with _sudo_ I couldn't install a symlink to it... any workarounds for that?

Cheers,
Richard.
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Raster and Vector Graphics / Re: 'Embed PDF & EPS Files' is permanently greyed out?
« Last post by a.l.e on September 11, 2022, 12:38:11 pm »
hi richard

from what i can judge from here, you seem to be missing a library/tool (ghostscript?)

but, if you want to have vector graphics in your pdf output you have to ways you can experiment with:

- import the PDFs as vectors instead of loading them into image frames
- import SVGs as vectors instead of using PDFs.

you can try both of them and check which one works better for you.

ciao
a.l.e
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User Interface / Re: IndigoUI: Color Picker and Editing
« Last post by a.l.e on September 11, 2022, 12:32:24 pm »
hi martin

nice to see you back and working on the UI.

personally, i've mostly put on hold my contributions to scribus but, well, there are still a few things i'm doing in the background.

and i can do a bit more, if can make a difference.

so, if you need some help, contributions or coffee, please leave me a notice and i will see what i can do for you : - )

i've tried to to (compile and) install your prototype and get a better feeling of it, but i get a few errors.
i guess that they are related to the qt version and / or the fact that i'm trying to compile it without qt creator.

have a wonderful day
a.l.e

ps.: these are the errors i found up to now:

- there is a wrong string '\' in dirpaths_manager (which you probably should not need...)
- block_alignment needs a qOverload in the connect
- it's not possible to (directly) convert a free enum class to a QVariant: you need to put the enum in a (Q)namespace or a class extending QObject... or static_cast the enum class to int before passing it to QVariant.

i stopped for now, but if you're interested in a patch, i can continue my inquiry...
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If you don't want to print your »carefully crafted PDF input file«, just don't import it. Simple as that.
Option: Rebuild your super-duper input form in Scribus, it shouldn't be too hard.

My PDFs are railway track diagrams drawn in Inkscape, for a reference manual for my colleagues who (like me) are train drivers. There are no input forms or anything like that, just Bezier lines, simple shapes and text (labels), with some non-100% opacity where tracks cross one another on bridges.  My reference manual is basically built around my diagrams, so I can't just leave them out.

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Read the label carefully: It says EXPERIMENTAL, which means the developers are still working on the feature.

Oh, indeed. But despite being experimental, it worked fine for my humble needs n v1.5.5 (hundreds of copies of my book were printed)... hence my surprise that it has since stopped working, without any apparent documentation of the fact.

That is why I wonder what I must be doing wrong?  Especially as I can see that other folk *do* have the ability to tick this box in v1.5.8, e.g. https://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=16492
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Raster and Vector Graphics / Re: 'Embed PDF & EPS Files' is permanently greyed out?
« Last post by toyotadesigner on September 11, 2022, 01:15:17 am »
If you don't want to print your »carefully crafted PDF input file«, just don't import it. Simple as that.
Option: Rebuild your super-duper input form in Scribus, it shouldn't be too hard.

Read the label carefully: It says EXPERIMENTAL, which means the developers are still working on the feature.

If you don't like the status quo, rent an Adobe product or purchase an Affinity product.

Other than that, I can't help, because I am not a developer or support team member.
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I don't know why, but it makes sense, because you can deactivate it in the Preferences.

If that's the case, why can't I *RE*activate it in the Preferences, seeing as I require its use?

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An image frame is for — tataaahh — images as the name implies.

See my attached screenshot.  If you hover your pointer over the tick-box dialog item in question, you'll see that it specifically relates to exporting PDFs in image frames as embedded PDFs — which is exactly what I already did in the previous published versions of my document, and exactly what I sought to continue doing with the same document.

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Just drag and drop your PDF onto the page and everything is fine.

It might be fine for you, but that's only if you don't mind throwing away the carefully crafted PDF input file.  I have twice tried to explain that adding the PDF directly to the Scribus document won't work for my purposes, because I need the text to remain searchable.  If you import the PDF into Scribus (by dragging and dropping), it gets re-interpreted by Scribus.  All textual data are lost, rasters may be lost, colours may be altered... none of which is wanted in this case.

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User Interface / Re: IndigoUI: Color Picker and Editing
« Last post by toyotadesigner on September 10, 2022, 10:15:43 pm »
Looks fantastic! A small step for a developer, a large leap for the human race ;D
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