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Features / Re: Suggestion: Resize command
« Last post by toyotadesigner on November 27, 2021, 12:15:04 pm »
Solution: Draw a rectangle to the size of the page without margins. Let's say your page is a DIN A4 page 210 mm wide and 297 mm height, with a margin of 10 mm each side.
So the width of your workspace is 190 mm, the height 277 mm, and the new rectangle will cover your workspace.
Now select all elements with your mouse and GROUP them.
Then go to PROPERTIES, click the chain to keep the aspect ratio and type the new size of 100 mm for the width.
The group will rescale, and all enclosed elements will be scaled accordingly.
Now select the group and right click -> UNGROUP.
Pretty straight forward and simple.
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General Discussion / Running Scribus from a terminal (Ubuntu)
« Last post by Dee on November 27, 2021, 10:24:05 am »
Launching Scribus from a terminal (Ubuntu). Tell me how to do it? It doesn't work the usual way.
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PDF Generation / Re: cropping images to the visible part on export
« Last post by Dogil on November 27, 2021, 12:43:16 am »
If I may add: I feel like the quality-loss-by-image-recompression argument is moot because:
1. you should work with lossless compression formats anyway
2. if the loss in quality becomes visible, you already have not enough resolution or a too high compression rate set.
3. you could just crop on block boundaries as detailed above.
4. if you have a pdf which is too large because of large but only partially visible images, you have the choice over saving the whole image in a crap resolution or cropping the small part which you actually need. Re-compression artifacts will be the lesser evil by far in this case.
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PDF Generation / Re: cropping images to the visible part on export
« Last post by Dogil on November 26, 2021, 08:19:40 pm »
The issue has been discussed before and for JPEG images you get a quality loss (due to re-compression) if the cropping is not done in multiples of 16 pixels or something like that.

So cropping JPEG images is not trivial if you want to avoid quality losses.

I'm quoting Peter Nermander from 11 Years ago:
"The way a JPEG is compressed it has to be recompressed after any
change. Change one pixel and the image has to be recompressed. That is
why using JPEG as a working format during image editing is no good.

It seems however it is possible to do lossless cropping if you crop
along the borders of the "blocks" the image is made up of.

And if that is true that would probably be a working solution.It would
of course mean that the cropped images might become a little bigger
than the frame, but not more than 30 pixels (assuming worst case with
16 pixel blocks, giving 15 pixels on each side)."
https://scribus.scribus.narkive.com/9MO4dPPP/image-cropping#post4
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PDF Generation / Re: Printing A5 booklet onto A4 sheets...
« Last post by Nermander on November 26, 2021, 06:40:22 pm »
Yes, but almost nobody prints from Scribus, all seasoned users create a PDF and print from the PDF viewer. And most PDF viewers have booklet printing.

So an easier solution is to get a better PDF viewer.
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PDF Generation / Re: cropping images to the visible part on export
« Last post by Nermander on November 26, 2021, 06:38:42 pm »
The issue has been discussed before and for JPEG images you get a quality loss (due to re-compression) if the cropping is not done in multiples of 16 pixels or something like that.

So cropping JPEG images is not trivial if you want to avoid quality losses.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Images not editing on DriveThruRPG format
« Last post by Nermander on November 26, 2021, 06:35:15 pm »
DriveThruRPG have Scribus templates on their web page.

A long way down on this page
https://support.drivethrurpg.com/hc/en-us/articles/210124083-Content-and-Format-Questions
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Beginner Talk / Re: Images not editing on DriveThruRPG format
« Last post by RobSay on November 25, 2021, 10:33:55 pm »

Scribus is a tool for generating print ready PDFs - it can reference and import multiple image type. A PDF can be imported as an image - but if it's multi-page you just get the 1st page. Scribus can also open a PDF as an editable scribus document - but it's somewhat sketchy as what you get depends on the tool that generated the PDF.

What do you mean by "DriveThruRPG formats"?
.. I can see DriveThruRPG.com lists lots of formats - including PDFs ..
.. but you're trying to import something from DriveThruRPG?
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Beginner Talk / Re: The name of folder of photos
« Last post by RobSay on November 25, 2021, 10:10:42 pm »
Hi - there is a way to update the location all of the images in an sla file ... it's not pretty but it's effective..
  • *Copy* your sla file to a directory somewhere .. seriously .. copy .. you're going to do something unspeakable, and getting it wrong will ruin your file
  • Open your favourite text editor ... almost anything would be better than notepad .. but it would work
  • Open the sla file in the text editor  ... you're now looking at the XML that Scribus reads
  • Find the elements that define your pictures... in my sla's the images are defined with an attribute called "PFILE". Search for that and see what it says .. mine are relative references to an image file: .. Pagenumber="0" PFILE="../processed/image/Test/Rook01163.1.eps" IRENDER="0" ...
  • Update the pfile references to point to the new location of the images ... global find and replace 'PFILE="../processed/image' with 'PFILE="../somenewfolder/image'
  • Save the sla file ... and then open in Scribus

I've done that a couple of times when I've moved the image folder or the SLA and it worked for me.

cheers

Rob
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Beginner Talk / Re: Same master page for both left and right side
« Last post by RobSay on November 25, 2021, 09:42:49 pm »
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Is there a way to solve that little issue?
What you describe is not an issue - it's a core feature and required for generating both print ready copy and 'readable' PDFs . Even if you have identical margins and layout on the master pages - they are still actually different, they are left and right pages as defined in the master page config - and the generated PDF will include this information and display appropriately (print shops use it too ..).

If you are pages were *truly* identical and truly didn't have a left and right - then the document would be 'single page' and you'd dispense with the side by side view - but you stated this is a magazine so that doesn't apply.

cheers

Rob
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