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Announcements and Forum Rules / Create layered PDF from multiple SVG files
« Last post by sergio on July 20, 2021, 10:34:03 am »
I have just discovered Scribus and I was wondering if it would be possible to create a single page PDF with multiple layers from different SVG files.
As I said, I have never used this program, so maybe this is a simple question, but I will appreciate any help.
Text and Typography / Re: uneven rendering of fonts
« Last post by algosbay on July 11, 2021, 01:38:11 am »
Thanks, zooming in didn't improve this. However, with a larger font I am now satisfied its OK.
Text and Typography / Re: uneven rendering of fonts
« Last post by Nermander on July 10, 2021, 03:25:18 pm »
Did you try printing the PDF?

How does it look if you zoom in?

Most likely it is just a screen viewing issue due to that the font for some reason lacks good hinting (or that then hinting information for some reason is lost, maybe due to subsetting).

(Hinting is data telling how to render the font in low resolutions, when parts end up in between pixels)
Text and Typography / uneven rendering of fonts
« Last post by algosbay on July 10, 2021, 02:58:15 am »
I am a new user using the latest stable version on windows 10.
When I export to PDF I am noticing that the letter 'l' is distorted see attached example.
The undistorted view is a screenshot from the Scribus Editor
The view with distorted 'l's is an screenshot from Adobe Acrobat
The selected font is Verdana.  The top line is 13pt and the bulleted lines are 10pt.

please could someone could explain what's going on here and advise what I could do to avoid this.


Text and Typography / Re: Any guide to quickly applying styles?
« Last post by OwenNZ on July 03, 2021, 02:13:16 pm »
Thanks! I'll give it a go in my next job.
Linux / Errors occured while Linking CXX executable scribus
« Last post by DIYPlanner on July 02, 2021, 08:24:47 am »
I managed to compile Scribus from source from scratch.I used Debian 11 and had Qt 5.15.2 and all dependencies pre-installed however when it link CXX executable Scribus error occured.Just looking at the error it said:
/usr/bin/ld: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ undefined reference to `hb_font_funcs_set_nominal_glyph_func'
/usr/bin/ld: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ undefined reference to `hb_font_funcs_set_font_h_extents_func'
/usr/bin/ld: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ undefined reference to `hb_font_set_ptem'
/usr/bin/ld: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ undefined reference to `hb_font_funcs_set_variation_glyph_func'
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
I'm new to compile and build Scribus.I can't make sense what it means.How can I do?
Text and Typography / Automatic Line Spacing issue -
« Last post by Spilly on July 01, 2021, 04:02:59 pm »
Can a Hero please explain the logic behind Auto Linespacing and how one would exploit the feature?

I want to observe the effect of Automatic linespacing at various font sizes, as described in Help "Text Properties". 

I attach a simple Linespacing SLA, best used showing all whitespace characters.

There are no defined styles in the document.
The default font is Arial Regular 11pt
Auto Linespacing is set at 100%

I built a textboxes with default styling.
In f3, I set First line offset to Line Spacing.
I then populated the text, and duplicated it to get six boxes.
Then I selected the entire text and set a test font size value.

I was expecting each text box to occupy an increasing vertical space, but that does not seem to be the case.

The 1st 3 lists are all (nearly) the same height - The bottom of the final pilcrow is at 42mm, 42mm & 42.5mm respectively.
Only when the font increases above 14pt does the list height increase significantly, but the line spacing is still closer than I would have expected.

I note the pilcrow symbol is sized at 11 point in every line of all lists.

What is the logic?
When is Auto Line Space useful?  And How do you use it?
Automatic Line spacing is set at 100% - but of what value??

Using under Windows 10
Text and Typography / Best way to clear all formatting
« Last post by Spilly on July 01, 2021, 12:06:48 am »
It seems, from browsing the forums, that people get in a mess applying **Character** styles (F3) across multiple paragraphs after Para styles already apply.

Am I correct in understanding that selecting multiple paras and then applying F3 palette changes leads to Scribus trouble, so that if you continue you get unexpected results?

If so, what's the quickest way to get things back under control?
Is there a quick way of getting back to plain text in "pure" Scribus?
Is there anything simpler than Cut Paste into a plain text window and back?

Can an experienced user give some Rules of Thumb and Do's and Don'ts about Styles?

Text and Typography / Re: Any guide to quickly applying styles?
« Last post by Spilly on June 30, 2021, 11:45:38 pm »

You describe exactly what I do, and for me, it seems to work.
The important thing is that both Body and SubHead must be fully specified **Paragraph** styles

I apply "Body" Style to the empty frame; Body includes a default char style of the desired font settings
Then I import the text - either in Story editor; or Get Text; or a plain text Paste

In my case that gives me all paragraphs with 6pt spacing after, but I want my subheads to be Bold with zero spacing after.
Personally I find working in Item Edit mode easier than in Story editor at this stage

The F3 Text palette shows Body style & [Default Character Style]. Don't touch the lower dropdown.
In item edit mode, place the cursor anywhere in a subhead para, and set F3 paragraph style to SubHead.
Repeat for each subhead para.

For me, this works and formats the selected paragraphs as desired.

I have issues with Get Text, but that's another matter really.
To make the importer work you need to set which importer to use; it doesn't set the importer from the imported filename extension, as it should; but at least it remembers what you did last time.

Hope this helps - either you or any other browsing the page

Text and Typography / Re: Add text/append text in Scribus 1.5.5 and
« Last post by Spilly on June 30, 2021, 07:45:43 pm »
Hi Cerex - a late reply for you

I've used under Windows 10 and never had a crash.

In my limited experience of Append text, I think it tends to remember the last used file type extension.
Make sure you use the dropdown.
I find DOCX is both listed and actually imports these days

My advice would if possible to AVOID importing the styles from DOCX.
It seems to me that MSWord's template data can be quite complex
Scribus seems to import a huge hierarchy under a Normal style
I found the resulting styles collection in Scribus all a horrid mess
Maybe that mess came from the original system that created the DOCX...
It came from ANOther's system.

I'd rather import text only and use Scribus facilities to get a consistent result

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