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I used Scribus recently on a personal project. For an OS GD app, it's quite impressive. I'd definitely put it above PageMaker in terms of usability and features. that said, it's far from finished and does have some annoying quirks (such as you can't undo text edits). InDesign is pretty high end, but for personal, smaller project, Scribus might be just fine....


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I don't believe that the option exists as print-layout software is focused on laying ink on paper. Since "white" is the absence of ink, it acts as a transparent background. Keep on mind that unless you are laying a base of ink as a spot color on top of your specialty paper, you will not have any "white" areas in your print. In fact all non-black colors will ...


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If you look closely at the "U" for underline, you would see that there's a drop-down arrow as part of the button. If you click and hold the button, you will have two additional properties: "displacement" and "line width". My screenshot tool doesn't seem to want to capture that, but click and hold where the arrow is pointing.... I would suggest ...


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For sending a document to be printed, don't use PNG as the export format. There are three reasons for this: A printing press uses CMYK, and PNG is an RGB-only format. If your document contains text, that text will be rasterized and will print at the resolution of your PNG (perhaps 300 ppi) instead of the 2800 dpi at which live text or vector information is ...


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I do not know how to do that with scribus, but I have found out how to post-process the pdf. If in.pdf is the PDF exported with scribus: sudo apt-get install pdftk pdftk in.pdf cat 1S 2 output out.pdf That command will take the first page and rotate it 180 degrees, and take the second page as-is.


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Scribus is promising but I haven't found it to be comparable to InDesign or other page layout programs. Perhaps I'm missing something in the export options, but it seems to be quite difficult to find the right menus in order to produce a high resolution, print-ready file. Perhaps if I used it more often I would find it to be more useful, but going from ...


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Since no ready-to-follow answer has been posted I'll try to answer the question myself. So, the trick to force scribus to embed (the correct) profile is to choose PDF/X as the output format. When checked with the ZePrA's Extract ICC Profile tool the PDF/X version of the original drawing does contain the profile, while a PDF 1.5 version does not. See the ...


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Oh dear! It waited here for so long! I hope it still helps. Select “Image Frame” with content you want to crop. In “Properties” window (usually F2/Window->Properties) go to the “Image” section. There you can select between two modes: “Free Scaling” and “Scale To Frame Size”. They're quite self-explanatory: the latter will scale your content along with Image ...


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I am not a designer but I have worked in publishing and seen the wonders of Quark. Scribus is a stone knife that may one day evolve into an electronic publishing. But for now it is maddeningly non-intuitive. My one suggestion to its developers is: Try to anticipate the basic objectives of the entry level user. For example if someone wants to put words ...


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Being an 'all DTP tolls minitechnicus' it was easy for me ..I mean it took a very little amount of time to accommodate well with Scribus. My tool of choice for years was PageMaker then InDesign - I know QuarkXpress also - but I feel that Scribus is no more no less than just ok. Far from perfection but ok - you can do your job. Sure - many things could ...


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No, it's not possible. But, in most cases, the grid is not the best way to align and distribute frames in Scribus. (The grid is much more useful when you're doing vector graphics than in DTP.) For layout uses, you'd better go for a typographic grid (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grid_%28graphic_design%29). You can create a basic one through the "Page > ...


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No, you can't in the 1.4 stable version. The development version 1.5.x (status April 2016) already has the feature you're looking for. It's in the context menu (and also in the "item" menu, under "Image"). If you're using 1.4.x and you're goal is to transfer the .sla file to a different computer, then you can "File > Collect for output" your work and send ...


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As the publisher of a church monthly "newsletter" (actually a 32-page booklet), I can't afford Quark or Indesign. Of several low-cost DSP programs, Scribus has been the best. But presently, a new update has made it very frustrating. One has to set a default font for the entire document, and then fight for every other font he wants to use. But they'll get ...


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If you are printing in CMYK (which most of the time you will) you will note that there is no 'white ink'. In other words, whatever is white in your file is 'transparent' when it goes to press. So what is white on your document will be 'the paper'.


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You should be able to do this by holding Cmd+Alt+Shift (on OSX) and dragging the corner of the frame. Alt maintains the aspect ratio. Hope I understood the question right.


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Scribus is a high quality desktop publishing program, you are going in the right direction by choosing Scribus over any other open source solution or regular word processor. if you want to find resources like templates and scripts go to http://scribusstuff.org Hope this help!


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Right-click -> Edit image... will open the file in your default image editor. Be aware that you are editing the original image this way.


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Posting the question prompted one last push. A Scribus mantis report gave me the search string "extract SVG imagemagick" which leads to this ImageMagick board post. So running identify -verbose "MySupplied.eps" gives me output which includes Clipping path: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?> <svg width="712" height="877"> <g> &...


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As far as I can tell, Scribus doesn't allow the kind of free-wheeling color selection that Adobe does. Colors must be defined explicitly, and then assigned to a polygon through a "Properties" palette. To view a shape's properties, right-click it and click Properties or hit F2 to trigger the Properties palette. From there, there is a Color section where you ...


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Per my comment: Firstly lay out your pages individually at A6 size. Then choose your impositioning strategy depending on the sophistication of your printer driver/software and/or follow the advice given on the Scribus Wiki. http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/PDF,_PostScript_and_Imposition_tools http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/...


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Unfortunately the answer is no, you can't set a paragraph background color in Scribus (as of version 1.4.5, which is the current stable). The workaround is to create a rectangle with the desired fill and place it behind the text. When I need to do this Create a separate layers for background shapes and for text Wait until your text is finalized as much as ...


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In the next version 1.6, you will be able to put layers from the master pages on top of the ones in the real pages. It's already in the development version 1.5.x. For specific cases, there are workarounds to get "common elements" on top of the content of the page. I would have to know your specific task, to tell if any of them (I know of) can be useful for ...


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Given the choice I'd never lay out body text in an Inkscape file destined for output via Scribus as Scribus handles this sort of text so much better. That said, if you've inherited the files or there's some other compelling reason behind your question then using pdf as the intermediate file "might" work. In Inkscape's Save As pdf dialogue there's a "...


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For the benefit of others, and possibly in addition to the answers provided in the linked Scribus forum post, Scribus has a set of boolean tools you can use on paths. The Scribus forum answer suggests using Item -> Path Tools -> Cut Polygon having first selected a polygon and a bezier curve to cut it. (It doesn't work for me if the intended cut line ...


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You can use the Guides manager in Scribus to define horizontal and vertical guides at arbitrary positions. The dialogue is available under the main menu Page -> Manage Guides... Entering "0.000" is not allowed but if you use "0.0001" it will accept your input and display it as "0.000" anyway. This level of accuracy is never going to be respected in ...


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I'd say if you're just starting out without having existing InDesign files, and customers/colleagues working with InDesign, Scribus could be good. But for more serious work, you run into its limitations pretty quick. Scribus pros: Free Available for Linux and other OS's With that, you can theoretically collaborate with anyone Scribus major cons: Much ...


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I think you'll have realised that unfortunately you just can't do this. You can override almost every aspect of a paragraph style within a text box using the text editor but it's a manual process where the result is stored inline like the bad old days of html formatting. One of the many frustrations of style handling in Scribus.


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If you really want your printer to print your document on green paper, then you can visualize this with Scribus: Open your document in Scribus Click File > Document Setup > Display > Colors (at tab) > Fill Color Now in the window, select a color that corresponds to your paper. Now click OK or Apply. Now - just on your screen - Scribus will show you ...


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As others have noted, white = paper in the print world unless you request it to be otherwise. When using a specialty stock, it is often useful to have a reference background while designing and during the early in-house proofing process. For this purpose, I create a separate layer below all artwork that contains a scan of the stock or a representative ...


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I would prefer to draw a perfect square having the distance you want and align it in the center of the page. Then move the text frame from its corner to meet the square corner (as shown). and don't forget to delete the middle square after the alignment



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