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Beginner Talk / Invisible but selectable text ...
Last post by arshan - November 23, 2023, 12:41:47 AM
I am trying to make selectable but invisible text in a pdf export. Essentially, I am wanting to do a manual OCR-style overlay where invisible text will be above text that appears in an image (I'm hoping to do this for text searchability and accessibility).

What I have tried so far includes:
Adding a text frame but making the fill color for the text "none"
Putting the text on a separate layer and setting that layer's opacity to 0%

In both cases, the text just doesn't exist in the exported PDF at all.

Any thoughts on how to do this?
Layout Issues / Re: Text is not showing or bei...
Last post by AdmFubar - November 22, 2023, 11:12:15 PM
Looks like a 1.4.8 issue. I tried it in 1.5.8 and it works fine. Thought it could have been an issue the object set to not print, but that wasnt the case.

Try upgrading to 1.5.x for your machine's operating system, and see if the issue it still present.
Layout Issues / Re: Text is not showing or bei...
Last post by PatJr - November 22, 2023, 06:33:22 PM
tried it from a bottles install, don't know what it's supposed to look like, but it looks ok to me
Beginner Talk / Re: Text box issues.
Last post by AdmFubar - November 22, 2023, 05:45:31 PM
My first suggestion is to upgrade to 1.5.x version, and see if the issue persists. If it does after upgrading then exit scribus, navigate to the configuration and rename it. Then restart scribus, it will rebuild the config file with the default values. reopen the file in question and see if the issue is still there. It may just be a corrupted config file.

You can locate the config here, depending on your operating system
Installation and Setup / Re: Requesting VPAT and HECVAT
Last post by a.l.e - November 22, 2023, 08:23:21 AM
i guess that if you want anybody to do something for you (for free!) you need to give much more exact instructions on what is needed.

i have skimmed the two links and it seems that VPAT boils down to how Qt implements accessibility on the platform of your choice.

HECVAT probably does not apply since there is no purchaser or platform that will get any of your data (except your IP address in the logs, when you download something from

the suggestion i can make to you (as one of the lead members of the scribus community... whatever that means):
upload here pre-filled documents (if possible in open formats) and let the scribus team go through them to check that they are correct.

the other way, is to pay a "company" that promotes scribus to fill the documents for your. i can give you some addresses if needed.

or consider this a successful attempt at contacting the project and call it a day (since in the case of scribus and your context, VPAT and HECVAT probably have little to no relevance).
Layout Issues / Re: Text is not showing or bei...
Last post by utnik - November 22, 2023, 04:37:25 AM
hi etrit

unfortunately i can't run scribus 1.4.8 any more on my system. but when i open your file with scribus 1.5.8 it generates a .pdf file with visible text, the text shows in 'file' → 'print preview' and it prints with 'file' → 'print'.
the visible difference between direct printing and .pdf export is that 'mirror page' is set for printing, but not for the .pdf export.

maybe someone with scribus 1.4.8 should test your file...

Beginner Talk / Re: Text box issues.
Last post by Smaggy - November 22, 2023, 02:32:17 AM
Yeah, that's what I meant. I just couldn't think of the phrasing of the button.
Layout Issues / Re: Text is not showing or bei...
Last post by Etrit - November 22, 2023, 01:54:36 AM
Note: Because it's Google Drive, it will try to read the file and give you a bunch of wierd text and numbers.

Just click on the Download button to get the SLS file and open it on your computer
Layout Issues / Text is not showing or being c...
Last post by Etrit - November 22, 2023, 01:50:14 AM
I'm at my wits end with this issue.

Like the subject says, text is either not showing on Preview, or when saved to PDF OR Preview via "Print" (File - Print - Change "Print Dest" to anything then click "Preview)

Or save it.

Heck!!! It's not even showing with Ghostscript installed with Print preview!!!

But it will show if I export it to PDF. 

Any clues whats happening?

I'm including a link to the .sls file on my Google Drive

Thanks for looking.
--And yes, I made the link Description the URL to the file so ya'll know it's legit.  ;D
Beginner Talk / Re: Text box issues.
Last post by AdmFubar - November 22, 2023, 12:21:18 AM
There is no explicitly labeled ok button.. do you mean the "update text frame" button (CTRL-U)?