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Text and Typography / Re: Visibility of Zero Width Spaces
« Last post by Ewac on August 31, 2021, 06:41:22 am »
Beginner Talk / Re: Creating lines for answers in a workbook
« Last post by Ewac on August 31, 2021, 06:36:09 am »
Thank you, Rob, for the ideas.
Manual lines seem like a complicated solution, as the lines will have to be aligned to the margins as well as the text lines and the distance between the question and the beginning of the line should also be equal.

I gave your first solution a try, but can't seem to make it work. Nothing happens. Maybe I'm missing something in the way I set up the tab stop. See screenshot. (I have tried it without the bullet list and also tried it with english text, just to see if that makes a difference, but no).
Text and Typography / Re: Visibility of Zero Width Spaces
« Last post by utnik on August 30, 2021, 06:50:06 pm »
hi ewac

this is a good catch – could you report it on, please!

Text and Typography / Visibility of Zero Width Spaces
« Last post by Ewac on August 30, 2021, 02:01:02 pm »
I am creating documents in the Khmer language, which does not space words (spaces are used as a form of punctuation). However, zero width spaces are used in between words in digital text processing. These zero width spaces work fine in Scribus, however I cannot see them, which makes editing very tricky. In Open Office those spaces are displayed along with other non-printing characters, but I can't see them in Scribus, even though I have already turned on View-Text Frames-Show Control Characters (which shows all other non-printing characters just fine).
Does anyone have a solution to this problem? Any help appreciated.

Screenshots show what I see in Open Office vs what it looks like in Scribus
Beginner Talk / Re: Creating lines for answers in a workbook
« Last post by RobSay on August 30, 2021, 01:30:26 pm »
Two options to consider:

1. Paragraph style with tab stops
Edit > Styles >  New > Paragraph Style
Tabs and Indentation: Add a tab stop (click on the ruler)
Set the Tab to be 'Right', set the position to your margin width
Set the fill character to be dot or underscore ...
Hit Done
Apply this paragrpah style to the 'questions' you want to have a user submission part - after the text hit 'tab' .

2. Manual lines
Create your text - don't add anything for where the answers are going to go
Insert > Line
Draw a line on the page (doesn't matter if it's not horizontal)
Properties: set the rotation to 0.0
Move your line to where you want it (use align to margins). If a line is too long or too short, select the line, hold the Ctrl* key and drag the start anchor where you need it
If you want to get fancy and have all lines equally spaced out (I would - the human eye is remarkably sensitive to misalignment)
  • Draw one line .. place it in line with the top most question
  • copy and paste the line .. for was many times as you have text lines on the page
  • move one of the lines to the bottom most text line
  • select all of the lines (but not the text frame)
  • Align and Distribute > Distribute > Make vertical gaps equal
  • Align and Distribute > Align > To Margins > Align right
  • Delete any 'line' you don't need. adjust length of lines as above

* Ctrl key on windows .. locks the resizing to specific grid, makes it easy to keep horizontal, don't what the key is on Linux
Beginner Talk / Re: Creating lines for answers in a workbook
« Last post by Ewac on August 30, 2021, 12:21:52 pm »
Thank you so much for the reply!
If I understand your solution correctly, that would only work for lager areas that are supposed to be equally filled with lines. I'm not sure how to apply that to my document(s).
The lines usually start right after the question. Some are long, some are short, some go over multiple rows, most are supposed to go all the way to the margin for a smooth look.
The screenshot shows an example, those lines were created by the author with an underline score. Not much formatting has been done yet.
MacOS / Scribus15xNightly 20210824-r24700
« Last post by toyotadesigner on August 29, 2021, 09:51:54 am »
Installed the new nightly yesterday. The object snapping to guides, margins, etc. improved considerably.

In addition, this version is a lot more responsive and a tad faster. Already made a new promotional piece with it, will have it printed next week.

A big thank you to the developers for this improvement!
General Discussion / Re: Can Scribus Create a Booklet?
« Last post by toyotadesigner on August 28, 2021, 01:42:04 pm »
Hm, for what reason do you want to create the booklet yourself?

In most cases, a print shop uses a special software to re-arrange the pages, which relates to the size/format of the paper sheets and the direction of the paper running direction (important for folding the paper in the following process).

In short words: If you want to have your booklet printed professionally (even with digital printing), you can deliver a PDF with single pages (not! double sided), they will feed it into the software an in less than a minute they can print the document, fold and cut the booklet to the desired dimensions.

If you want to print a booklet on your home printer and have a Mac, there is a PDF sorter that does exactly this for paper sizes up to DIN A4 or US Letter size. One of the many options is available here: If you are not on a Mac, I have no idea how to handle this.
PDF Generation / Re: Master page content missing in PDF export
« Last post by SDon on August 28, 2021, 11:52:52 am »
Thanks a lot, Rob,

That worked. I had the 'Clip to Printer Margin' checked, and the master page contents were outside the top margin. Thank you for pointing it out. I was thinking in terms of a missing layer. I should have asked you half a day earlier.

Beginner Talk / Re: creating visiting-card
« Last post by Eos on August 28, 2021, 10:46:44 am »
Thanks Rodney as well (i think our last messages crossed). I hope to get it clear this weekend.
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