[scribus-dev] cover.py script for perfect bound book cover design is ready.

Louis Desjardins louis.desjardins at gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 22:11:39 UTC 2014

Hi John,

I am very pleased to see that this awesome idea made it into a usable
script! It’s great.

I haven’t had the time to test the script but by your notes, a question
came across my mind:
Does (or can) the script create a small text frame to show the data used to
create the pages in human reading? In other words, to make the
communication complete between the actors of the graphic chain, a summary
of those values, including the resulting value for the spine, printed just
below the horizontal crop marks? This could include a few other values from
fields like Name of job, number of pages, date of creation, the mention
"Made with Scribus & the Script cover.py", etc.

This would allow quality control on any value and if there are any changes,
it’s easy to tell if a value is still valid or not and if the proof we have
in hand still corresponds to the reality of the job.

Subsidiary question:
While I am happy to see the PPI there, some printers will simply give the
spine value and thus could the user be given the choice of entering either
values (mutually exclusive) to obtain the desired result?

Are there plans to add an option of the flaps?

I like the security margins. Does the user get an electrical shock when
text is placed too close to the edge? :-D

Many thanks for this work and to all who gave a hand!


2014-12-18 15:18 GMT-05:00 John Culleton <John at wexfordpress.com>:
> With the very welcome advice of JLuc and
> Gregory Pittman and the availability of the
> spine.py script as a model I have a production
> version of the script cover.py.
> In gross this script terms does what what the
> Perfect Bound Cover extension does for Inkscape
> users and what my previous template.html did in
> more limited fashion for Scribus users.
> The data fields are:
> 1. Number of pages
> 2. Pages per inch (PPI) of the interior pages.
> 3. Finished book width.
> 4. Finished book height
> 5. Allowance for the thickness of the cover
> stock plus some additional distance for the fold.
> A recommended value is 0.017 inch.
> The one improvement that I see as useful would be
> to combine all the data entry fields into one
> window instead of producing a separate window
> sequentially for each data field. I don't know
> how to do this.
> When the fields are filled out a base document
> correctly sized becomes the current document for
> Sribus.
> There are two vertical guides marking off
> the edges of the spine. There are also vertical
> guides bisecting  the back cover, the
> spine and the front cover.
> There are solid blue margins spaced 0.375 inch
> from each edge. These margin guides are designed
> to prevent text and similar entities from
> approaching too close to the finished edges. The
> distance consists of the bleed of 0.125 inch plus
> a safety margin of 0.250 inch.
> I tested it with Scribus 1.4.5, 1.5.0.
> Now who wants a copy of the script to bash it
> around before I submit it for inclusion with the
> two releases? I'll post it at
> http://wexfordpress.net
> Your comments are most welcome.
> BTW my draft update of the e-book mentioned below
> suddenly go a lot simpler.
> John Culleton
> Wexford Press
> Free list of books for self-publishers:
> http://wexfordpress.net/shortlist.html
> Updated PDF e-book: "Create Book Covers with
> Scribus 1.4.5" coming soon at
> http://www.booklocker.com/!
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