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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 ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 like kochumvk's answer for the sheer simplicity - because after all this is a maths problem. But if you're like me and don't like maths, you could go through the process I've outlined below. (I only know that Scribus has a distribute function from your question and this page, and I assume it works in a similar way as Illustrator.) In the top-left ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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As per the comment on the question, I eventually resigned to drawing on crop marks manually using a pair of lines on each corner.


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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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I found a bug report, similar to your (and also mine) issue: http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=10054 Not checked if it works, but you can check that possible workaround: Just found a workaround: - Set the color value: 90.2% (90,2% in my german version) - Change some other color either via up/down or the color scrollcontrol and change it back. - Close the ...


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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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No, styles currently do not have “next paragraph style” option. I personally filed that request earlier this year, and it was categorized as “maybe one day” :) Regarding hanging paragraphs... Ugh... Are we talking about setting up styles that have side spacing? :)


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I would recommend Mellel. It is not free, but it is cheap. I like their approach. The only way to style the text is by creating character styles and paragraph styles that you then use throughout the document. It is how you should work in all word processors, but many, notably Word, tempt you to work in wrong ways that are confusing, cumbersome, and give an ...


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What's the final delivery method? Print? digital - epub - webpages? all of the above? For print... if you're looking for fairly cheap on the Mac, you could use Pages. It's not overly robust but will handle most general needs. Then there's always Word/OpenOffice/NeoOffice as well. FOr digital, ebooks are basically html files merely packaged together. You ...


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Not a solution, but an idea of possible workaround: Instead of importing the page you need I'd just copy its contents and paste into document with cover. To make placement easier I'd draw in source document a rectangle of page size and copy it along the rest of objects. As a sidenote: why do you have different page sizes for cover and the contents?



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