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Is Scribus a viable alternative to Quark or InDesign?

Being an 'all DTP tools 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 ...
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Inkscape SVG → print-ready EPS/PDF workflow

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 ...
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Is it possible to set the underline thickness with Scribus?

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: "...
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How do I change a shape's color in Scribus?

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. ...
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Is it possible to have a page with a transparent background?

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 ...
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Is it possible to have a page with a transparent background?

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, ...
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How to step and repeat in Inkscape (or Scribus) with live preview?

In Inkscape you can use the Interpolate extension. It's basically Inkscape's equivalent of making a step blend in Illustrator. Draw a line with the Bézier tool F6. After making the first node, hold ...
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Rotate first page when printing

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....
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How to embed an image into a Scribus document?

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 "...
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Is it possible to give an offset to page grid in Scribus?

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 ...
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Inkscape SVG → print-ready EPS/PDF workflow

Here's an info-graphics I made to explain all the process of preparing a professional print work in Linux.
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How are the spaces done in France for ? ! : ; « » in a real-life work-flow?

I use InDesign so cannot speak for Scribus but the shortcut for a 1/8em space in InDesign (non-breaking by default) is cmd+option+shift+m or ctrl+alt+shift+m. Some people simply do a find/change and ...
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How are the spaces done in France for ? ! : ; « » in a real-life work-flow?

I have this client and we typeset multiple brochures each month in 15+ languges (French included) and each language is translated from English by a professional translator. For the French layer, i've ...
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How are the spaces done in France for ? ! : ; « » in a real-life work-flow?

In my experience, most french speaking people simply insert a space. It's a pain, but this is what most are used to. The result is that they are not very picky on the width of the space, but some ...
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Exporting two pages as one in PDF file

You may not be able to. I'm not familiar with Scribus, but in looking at the output settings, it doesn't look like that is in a option. You may need to manually create your document to do that. So ...
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Scribus - Masterpage layout on top of content

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 ...
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Best Practises - What shall we set as "our" A5 size?

Honestly, there shouldn't be an issue. You should always have a bleed of more than .5 mm (if you need bleed), which you can use to compensate if you're upscaling or placing on a larger page. Print or ...
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Show vertical lines between columns

Sadly, no. You have to draw the lines. You can use the "align and distribute" dialog to place them in the middle. And holding down the CTRL button while drawing a line helps you creating a vertical ...
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Pantone Spot Colors in Scribus

Yes. At least if I got you correctly. For Spot colors (and Pantone colors are the most common type of spot colors) it's the name of the color that matters. You will probably pick a value, too... ...
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Export from InDesign for Scribus

Scribus 1.4.x (the one mentioned in the wiki article you're linking) has no way to exchange content with InDesign (in the way you're aiming to). Scribus 1.6 (the next future stable version) will have ...
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Scribus export to PDF resulting in missing image

Thanks to a.l.e, I found the issue. A small button in the image properties hindering the object export was clicked. I unclicked it and now everything works fine (I had to scroll down to see this ...
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Scribus: coloring SVG

When you import the SVG, ungroup everything repeatedly, until all parts are separate. Select an element. Open the properties, and select a colour.
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How to scale text in Scribus along with the frame?

In 1.5.5 the Alt key should allow you to resize the content while resizing the frame. I just tried it, and it just works.
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Is Scribus a viable alternative to Quark or InDesign?

In my mind Scribus isn't good enough, yet. I've been using InDesign for the last 7 years. And for the last year I've been diving into Scribus for private projects. What I find is that Scribus lacks ...
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How to work efficiently with Scribus' Story Editor?

In the story editor, select all the paragraphs you would like to assign a style at once and then use the style-drop-down-box in the top-right corner. This works much better than clicking on the left ...
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Is it possible to have a page with a transparent background?

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 ...
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Set background color to single paragraphs in text frames

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 ...
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100 % black logo in scribus

You should try to import the EPS in the Scribus file (File > Get Vector File...), instead of loading it into an image frame. Depending on the Scribus version and on the software / libraries installed ...
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