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Installation and Setup / Re: Cannot browse any directory
« Last post by Rosemary on June 07, 2021, 07:33:03 am »
That's handy to know. Thank you. :)
hi john

It seems from older posts that Automatic text frames only applied to full margin frames…

yes, they fill the area inside the margins.

…if you have a page with two or three text frames nested within those margins, even though most of your pages are full margin text frames, you should not use Automatic text frames in New Document Setup…

i would always use automatic frames for a longer document when lots of pages will use them. but you should break the text chain after each chapter.

Or if using Automatic text frames blows up your document in not easily fixable ways when the text import encounters them?

i don't know what you are talking about. an empty frame wouldn't really blow up your document – and i would delete unused frames anyway…

… if you have, say, a .odt book file that has a few blank pages and then a Title page and a series of pages after that for copyright data, acknowledgements, dedication, and followed by that first Chapter Page-Right sequence before full pages of text.  And the Scribus document is laid out the same.  Where should the import start, with the Title text frames or with the first (blank) page.  What happens after that?

sometimes i don't really understand your workflow.
are you creating the full layout in libreoffice before you import the text, and then you re-create it in scribus?

you may import the whole book and unlink the text frames after title, copyright stuff… and between chapters with 'item' → 'text frame links' → 'unlink text frames and cut text'. but if the document is too big for your computer, you should import chapter by chapter.

    hi diyplanner

    this is exactly what it says. take a look at the numbers on my screenshot:

    • the first column shows standard formatting (with 'restart after higher level')
    • in the second column there's no restart. the low level numbering continues with 5.3. (after 3.2.)
    • for the third example i checked both 'restart' boxes.
Beginner Talk / Setting a default font other than Ariel for Paragraph Styles
« Last post by JohnJR on June 05, 2021, 10:26:03 pm »

I note a fairly recent post on this in 01/2021, but I couldn't glean an answer.  Adopting to using Style Manager, when queried about font, the spin box always is set to Ariel and to select the font I need is a tedious scroll down to click the one I want, every time.  I have tried to follow the File>Document Setup>Item Tools>Text, but the old Ariel spin box just keeps coming back.  This is the case whether selecting either a Paragraph or Character Style.  What do I need to do?

This might have something to do with what I see in the Style Manager as Default Paragraph Style and/or Default Character Style.  Neither of these seems to be changable or delete-able.  Okay, the styles you created are or should be the new defaults grouped under them.  But there is also a category under these labeled "New Style" and can propagate itself as (1), (2),...  These are confusing and have no real meaning or use for your Styles that I can see.  But if you delete them entirely you still are left with "N" or "Ne" and a prompt to name them.  What do these do and I guess how do you get rid of them?

Also if you use a limited number of fonts, say two or three, can you set up a selection box containing just those fonts rather than the long scroll?

Somewhat related, In macOS it seems Paragraph and Character Styles can both be set in Paragraph Style; do I need to essentially duplicate fonts with a corresponding Character Style or does just Paragraph Style suffice for both?  Except for say the rare italicized or bold word and can they just be changed internally in the manner of a word processor?

I think maybe there are two questions mixed up in here that might need to be separated.


Installation and Setup / Re: Cannot browse any directory
« Last post by RodneyLee on June 05, 2021, 03:44:19 pm »
Drag and drop images works
Installation and Setup / Re: Cannot browse any directory
« Last post by Rosemary on June 05, 2021, 10:58:30 am »
Hi there,

I'm having the same issue.

I've just bought a new Windows 10 laptop and installed Scribus 1.5.7 on it. I used to run an older version of Scribus on my old Windows laptop and I never had any trouble browsing directories for files to import. Like the person who first posted about this issue, I can create an image frame and select the 'get image' option. However, it only gives me very limited directories/folders to open and browse through.

I have dedicated folders within my Documents folder for my image files but I can't see these folders when browsing for them from the 'get image' command. I wonder if this is because my main Documents folder is now synced with One Drive whereas this folder was on my hard drive on my old computer?

I found a workaround in the meantime. I can access my Downloads folder from the 'get image' command so I'll just copy the image files I need to that folder for now. It's messy and not where I want image files to be stored, but it means I can continue working on the document until I find a solution.

I note an older post on a completely unrelated topic from the time-frame 2017-18 that provided the best rendition of the information I needed on the topic I needed. I wish to add and update what I have learned to the subject discussed, which was not germane to the topic title.

Starting a newer topic would disconnect it from what is the actual (valuable) discussion in that older post.  I thought that a way to alert users to this is to post and then select the Report to Moderator, who can then perhaps too note the discussion subject matter is a far cry from what the topic is titled and get the information directed to the proper search topic.  The forums, the Wiki and the Help Manual let alone Google are an arcane, outdated, incomplete, and organizational mess that leads to the kind of posting question I have here.  Many times I think this accrues to essentially ordinary non-technical users and after weeks of frustration leads us to to turn away from Scribus.

However my impression of Report to Moderator should only be used to alert to egregious or fraudulent behavior.  Is this the only case where the selection should be used or is my thought about trying to alert to post new useful information in old places also a function of the moderator?  Perhaps there is another Administrative group for this?

Scribus forums / Re: How can i make scribus find ghostscript
« Last post by toyotadesigner on June 04, 2021, 10:18:01 pm »
It would help if you would specify your operating system — Windows, macOS or Linux?
I just found two checkboxes under Numbered List tab on Style Manager Window called "Restart after other format"and "Restart after higher level.I could not make sense with them and found no information related to,even after searched the Scribus's bulti-in help file,there was no result.what can them do and how can I making use of them for numbered list,thanks for your help in advanced and sorry for my poor English.
Text and Typography / Re: LibreOffice import seems to have frozen
« Last post by JohnJR on June 03, 2021, 11:11:49 pm »
Hi Utnik'

I'm going to go back into Scribus and see if I can grasp Paragraph Styles and it seems Character Styles as well.  Google is of poor help with this and the best Scribus source seems to be the Help Manual from at best the early 2011-12's (  By complete chance, on another subject, I discovered the most though article on Styles, you're in there too, by GarryP ( topic=2783).  As you probably guessed, I've wandered Google and the forums for weeks to the point I was thinking of giving up on Scribus.  So much in both places is arcane, incomplete, off-point, and on Google should just be removed.

I noted on File>Import that no importer selection options window came up in the import dialog box, just the box for the file.  Perhaps this is just a function of macOS, it did import something as described above.

My note of appending was only in reference to wondering where the bulk of the .odt import went, since the cursor was on a text frame late in the Scribus document.  Also after the import fiasco, and my deletion using, I think, Edit>Undo, I got that odd black and white crossed circle pie.  The pie made me wonder if the bulk of my .odt import must still be hidden inside my Scribus document and not allowing further imports.

I've decided I should be posting in the Beginner's Category and asked a question there as to how both the import and the Scribus document treats blank pages at the beginning or anywhere inside either document.

Is trying to use Page>Import the source of the crossed pie symbol?

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