I'm making a poster in "A0" format. When I zoom out to 35% and below, the grid disappears.

It's a shame because of the size of the document I often need to work at low zoom to have an overview.

Is there a way to force scribus to show grid under 35% zoom?

Below are two screenshot, the first is at 36% (grid shown) and second 35% (grid not shown):

Scribus A0 36% (grid shown)

Scribus A0 35% (grid not shown)


I mistakenly used the word "guides" to speak about "grid". I now corrected my question.

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    Which version of Scribus are you using and on which platform? I see the guides at any small % in both 1.5.x and 1.4.x on Linux... – a.l.e Sep 9 '16 at 9:34
  • I'm on Ubuntu Xenial, I use scribus 1.4.6 installed from official Ubuntu apt repo. – sgt-hartman Sep 9 '16 at 11:49
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    @a.l.e Sorry, i just figured out i mistakenly used the word "guides" to speak about grid". I edited my question – sgt-hartman Sep 9 '16 at 12:38
  • I know that it's hard to be told "do not do it", but I would suggest you simply not to use the grid. The grid is a tool that is mostly useful for vector drawing. For page layout, you should consider creating a set of guides. I don't know if it's even worth to write a bug report for this misbehavior. – a.l.e Sep 9 '16 at 13:45
  • @a.l.e Thanks for your suggestion. As you said i managed to not use it. – sgt-hartman Sep 9 '16 at 14:42

After some thoughts, I would say that -- given the characteristics of the grid in Scribus -- the behavior is correct.

While in Inkscape the grid "grows" and "shrinks" when you zoom in and out, in Scribus it has a fixed spacing and:

  • Scribus basically cannot scale the grid lines when you zoom in without painting the whole area with the grid's color
  • You cannot snap to the grid points when they are so close and you should disable the grid when zooming in at very low levels.

I'm not sure either that a more flexible grid spacing should be added to Scribus (I would rather vote for completely removing the grid from Scribus...).

The grid is a tool that is useful for vector drawing, but in page layout you will probably profit by defining and using guides.

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  • From now on i will use guides. – sgt-hartman Sep 9 '16 at 15:19
  • Nice! Have fun with Scribus! – a.l.e Sep 9 '16 at 16:40

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