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Beginner Talk / Introduce myself plus first fe...
Last post by Dan-cer - April 26, 2024, 07:50:01 AM
Hi, I recently made a flyer with LibreOffice and became curious about how it might work with Scribus. I installed Scribus 1.5.8 in Linux LMDE 6 Cinnamon. I also bought the book "Scribus 1.5 compact" as PDF and did the first exercise - cover of the book - with it.

That actually went quite well, but some mistakes irritated me. I was supposed to set the margins and bleeds to 0. But the screenshot in the book didn't show the red line all the way to the outside like in my sheet. Then a few dimensions were incorrect (5mm too little), so there were shifts. Well, at least it had a learning effect.
Finally I should click on F2 in the text field, as before for the placement of the spine. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything in these properties to format the text. At some point I realized that I have to use F3 for a text field. The tutorial probably still refers to an earlier version, although I have 1.5(.8) - as in the book title.

I find it "suboptimal" that the properties windows lie loosely above the main window. I was already put off by this in Gimp before there was finally an option for a single window where the palettes are permanently docked.

Is there an option for Scribus - perhaps through a plugin - to permanently dock the loose windows?

Preliminary conclusion: I will first work my way in step by step and then see whether it actually offers advantages over LibreOffice for certain purposes. Because I'm open to new things.
General Discussion / Re: Need help getting hanging ...
Last post by PatJr - April 26, 2024, 12:51:06 AM
yea, the indents imho are a bit clunky
I have better luck typing the values in vs using the sliders
and finally realizing they are relative to each other and not absolute
General Discussion / Re: Need help getting hanging ...
Last post by garydale - April 25, 2024, 11:35:36 PM
This solution doesn't seem to work on Scribus 1.5.8 on my Debian system. I don't know if this is a regression but the "Auto-Indent" checkbox currently does nothing. I've also been playing around with the tabs and can't get them to do what I want either.

The distance from text control works but I can't get the tabs to only indent the second (& subsequent) line(s). From my standpoint, it looks like the entire tabulator system is having problems doing what it says it is supposed to do.  :(

I was eventually able to get a list that looked OK by turning off the list and tab features (other than the bulleted list itself, with the bullet character. Then I inserted line breaks where necessary in the text, a space after the bullet character and 3 spaces after the line breaks. This is not ideal but it works until the developers get the lists and tabs features working again.
Code / page's initial width and width
Last post by a.l.e - April 25, 2024, 09:02:17 AM
in ScPage there are both an initialWidth and a width.

there are initial values for the the width, the height and the margins, but nowhere an explanation of their meaning.

when resizing a page, scribus seems to use twice the same value...

can somebody explain to me what is the difference and then add some documentation to the code?
Beginner Talk / Re: Making all 100% black over...
Last post by MrB - April 24, 2024, 11:48:12 PM
Just use sed, although this has limitations on just replacing all fill colours in the entire SLA file.. but, you may have used something different.. but anyway

First backup your sla file.
For the one you want to edit, assuming you want to replace all entries with overprint, a command like:
sed -i 's/\ PCOLOR=\"Black\"\ /\ PCOLOR=\"Black\"\ doOverprint=\"1\"/g' filename.sla
might work. I hope I got all the backslashes correct.
Beginner Talk / Re: Making all 100% black over...
Last post by forslund - April 24, 2024, 09:44:33 PM
That's what I figured I needed to do. I was just hoping for a simpler solution. Will post a script later if there is interest.
Beginner Talk / Re: Making all 100% black over...
Last post by MrB - April 24, 2024, 09:05:37 PM
Well you'd want to search for all PAGEOBJECTs with PCOLOR="Black" (or your colour you used for black), and add or ensure doOverprint="1".

<PAGEOBJECT XPOS="214.243902439024" YPOS="115.90243902439" OwnPage="0" ItemID="633813806" PTYPE="6" WIDTH="263.414634146341" HEIGHT="216.878048780488" FRTYPE="0" CLIPEDIT="0" PWIDTH="1" PCOLOR="Black" PLINEART="1" path="M0 0 L263.415 0 L263.415 216.878 L0 216.878 L0 0 Z" copath="M0 0 L263.415 0 L263.415 216.878 L0 216.878 L0 0 Z" doOverprint="1" gXpos="214.243902439024" gYpos="115.90243902439" gWidth="0" gHeight="0" LAYER="0"/>
Beginner Talk / Re: Making all 100% black over...
Last post by Aleks100 - April 24, 2024, 05:26:58 PM
Something like Illustrator Select Same (stroke, fill color) tool would do the job.
Beginner Talk / Making all 100% black overprin...
Last post by forslund - April 23, 2024, 09:36:47 PM

I'm preparing files for a board game for print and I have a bit of an issue. The printer wants me to set all 100% black objects in our card-files to overprint. This means going over hundreds of grouped imported svgs finding them and setting overprint in the colour management.

Is there any way to change all objects that uses the black colour to overprint automatically without finding them and changing the setting individually?

If not is there any way to step through the properties for all objects in a file?

If not is there any way to pre-flight check the colours so I've managed to click on them all?

Thanks in advance
Beginner Talk / Re: Ability to print reader pa...
Last post by Orbspider - April 22, 2024, 01:52:22 PM
Ok this is archaic I know, but I was searching for this issue and thought I could bump the post.

I also am familiar with the export option that Indesign has (print as spread) and I was looking for it with scribus.

I looked up jpdf tweaks and it requires oracle's java......
The scribus wiki printing page points to pstops (cli)

But a checkbox in scribus pdf export would bi so much easier, than export as single pages and make the imposition with another program.

For my work, I am producing a book cover, following a clever technique where three pages are put alongside in a spread, back cover, spine and front cover. This is so that the spine width can be easily adjusted and of crs cos it looks good in a spread. Then during export just need to check (spread) and the resulting file is a combined 3 pages that can go straight to the book printers and not fail their validation.