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Layout Issues / Automatic new pages
« Last post by nikgervae on September 08, 2022, 11:20:44 pm »
Hello, I am an old-time FrameMaker user and I am checking out Scribus. I have not yet found a way to have it automatically add a new page when the current page's  text frame fills up. This was trivial in FrameMaker so I'm at a bit of a loss. I've been through the online wiki docs and not spotted anything yet.
Installation and Setup / Re: Issue Opening .idml and .indd Files
« Last post by PoisonIvy on September 08, 2022, 08:50:20 am »
Solved. I needed to be using version 1.5+. I was using 1.4.8.
Installation and Setup / Issue Opening .idml and .indd Files
« Last post by PoisonIvy on September 08, 2022, 05:21:28 am »
Hey all. I'm new to Scribus, sorry if this is a dumb question.

Long story short, I'm trying to open a specific .idml or .indd file (they should be identical, just different file formats. I only need one or the other), but Scribus keeps saying that it isn't a supported format. I've been told (and seen several forum posts confirming) that Scribus is capable, at least, of opening the .idml file, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

Specifically, my error is:

File FILEPATH/FILENAME.idml is not in an acceptable format. The file may be damaged or may have been produced in a later version of Scribus.

The files are official Mongoose Publishing templates, so I find it unlikely that both of them were damaged. Any idea what I'm doing wrong here? Any help would be appreciated.
Raster and Vector Graphics / 'Embed PDF & EPS Files' is permanently greyed out?
« Last post by richardgriffin on September 08, 2022, 02:17:41 am »
I'm using Scribus 1.5.8;  in the "Save as PDF" dialog (General tab), the "Embed PDF & EPS files (EXPERIMENTAL)" option and its check-box seem to be permanently greyed out.

Using Scribus 1.5.5 a couple of years ago I wrote an 92-page training manual with 35 detailed PDF diagrams which I'd drawn in Inkscape, many of which include raster elements (blurring or opacity-gradients). I added these PDF files to my Scribus document within Image Frames.  In Scribus 1.5.5 this all exported fine, with every part of my lovingly crafted PDF diagrams faithfully reproduced in the final document, and the text in the diagrams searchable too.

My folder even contained a note to myself to use ONLY Scribus 1.5.5 because it was the last version where this "Embed PDF" option worked.  However, today when I came to update my book, I found that 1.5.5 always crashed on load because (I think) Python 2.7 is no longer included on my Mac (nor does it seem to be possible to insert a symlink to a version I could install using MacPorts).

I've tried inserting the PDF file directly into the Scribus document, but this loses the raster elements I described, prevents text-searching, and possibly does something nasty to the colours too.

Any ideas, please?
Text and Typography / Re: Special characters not showing up in Scribus
« Last post by legoaddict1949 on September 07, 2022, 11:49:31 pm »
You dont have a font that has that symbol in it. Check around there should be a suitable font somewhere on the net for you to use.try looking here for starters;

Thank you for your response. I'm not sure how to interpret the two x's you placed in your post. As for whether the fonts I'm using contain the flat symbol, I'm pretty sure they do. It works in LibreOffice and all the other apps on my system using Times New Roman. Additionally, given that the flat shows up in the Story Editor (Ctrl+T) in Scribus, there must be a font present on my system that supports the symbol, or else it couldn't be displayed by the application.

Perhaps I am misunderstanding your solution? I so, I apologise.

Thank you again, and looking forward to hearing back from you.
Text and Typography / Re: Special characters not showing up in Scribus
« Last post by AdmFubar on September 07, 2022, 11:32:12 pm »
You dont have a font that has that symbol in it. Check around there should be a suitable font somewhere on the net for you to use.try looking here for starters;
General Discussion / Re: Problem with pasting spreadsheet with special characters
« Last post by AdmFubar on September 07, 2022, 11:28:58 pm »
You need to use a font that supports those characters. What is the font that libreOffice uses? you will need to use that font in your Scribus document.
Text and Typography / Special characters not showing up in Scribus
« Last post by legoaddict1949 on September 07, 2022, 09:43:24 pm »
Unicode symbol 266D (♭) will not appear in Scribus, whatever the font. Besides, I've made sure already that the symbol I want is contained in the font I am using, here Times New Roman (Regular). The symbol does appear in the Story Editor (Ctrl+T), though. In the actual document, however, it is replaced with a weirdly positioned empty square, as can be seen on the screenshot below. As already mentioned, the problem persists with whatever the font. It also persists regardless of whether the text is placed within a text frame or within a table cell, as is the case in my screenshot.

In case it matters, here's a bit of information on what I'm trying to achieve: I'm trying to make a flashcard set, and will probably be redoing this in the future, so I want to find a way to not have to bother dragging the image of a flat, sharp or natural sign every time I want it to appear on a flashcard.

I'm using Scribus version, which was installed using the APT package manager on Debian GNU/Linux 11 (Bullseye), amd64.

P.S. In case you Google it and find an identical question on Super User, yes, that was me too. The reason I'm asking here also is that I need those flashcards as soon as I can. Wherever I get an answer first, I will link to that answer in whatever forum and credit the author.
General Discussion / Problem with pasting spreadsheet with special characters
« Last post by oldvic on September 07, 2022, 09:02:19 pm »
Hi. I'm pretty new to Scribus and really liking it. However there's one problem that hopefully someone can help me with. I'm trying to copy several spreadsheets (.ods files) into my Scribus document. They copy and paste just fine apart from one issue. All the spreadsheets contain the £ (GBP) symbol. In the Scribus document, these don't show as the GBP symbol, but rather as a capital A with a caret over the top. Similarly, the copyright symbol also shows as a capital A with a caret. But the $ (dollar) symbol pastes correctly.

As a test, I created a simple text document with all the special symbols from my keyboard and copied and pasted it into a Scribus text frame. That worked fine -- all the special symbols showed correctly. So the problem only arises with copy and paste of an .ods spreadsheet.

I've searched for some sort of encoding option or anything else that might make the GBP symbol paste correctly. But no luck. So any advice that anyone might be able to offer would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Features / Re: Screen readable results - even with tables
« Last post by Flaxx on September 07, 2022, 06:40:24 pm »
Will this table information be static or have live updates?A script for importing csv data could be implemented, which might be outside your abilities. But not to difficult to implement. How soon is your deadline for completion?.
Details on the amount of information you are looking to fill a table, number of columns and rows?, how many characters per cell? as page size will limit how much information can be displayed on a page.I'm sure there are points that are missing, but it is what i can think of off the top of my head. You know the data amounts better then us. Post a few more details about its characteristics.
Okay, having now a bit more time, I'll try to explain a bit my desire:
  • Screen readable in this context means a device interpreting screen contents for people with reduced sight (or blind), thus no pictures
  • You're right, writing a script myself in order to import a CSV in Scribus is beyond my momentary ability
  • The table (at the moment) has 4 columns (3 columns 4.75 cm each, 1 having 2.25 cm
  • one header line plus 31 table rows containing about 56 lines of text (max. 2 lines per cell), visible grid
  • Font type: 10p "Liberation Serif"
  • Two columns are left, one is right aligned and one is centred (if this could be done after importing a CSV - fine!)
  • The vertical alignment is centred

Of course we could construct such a table cell by cell, but this would be a real pain in the back. I would like this this to be done as easy as possible. Most of our members are beginners who joined the club in order to learn how to deal with all kind of PC and mobile devices and there is only a minority having the ability (and the will) to help. It is hard enough convincing people being used to office applications to even try DTP-methods in order to produce printed media.Tying this for people in their best retirement age...  :o
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