[Scribus] Discussion: Better image handling in Scribus

Craig Bradney cbradney
Fri Jul 16 20:57:47 CEST 2004

Hi Sebastian

> I worked a lot with Scribus the last days and nights and had some problems 
> with the "cropping" function for images. With cropping I mean the possibility 
> to manuelly scale an image in a smaller image frame or a frame with different 
> ascpect ratio than the image source (e.g. if you have an image with tree 
> person and just want to make the man in the middle fit the image frame).
> In theory you can do this in the propreties palette with the "image" section - 
> here you can scale in horicontal and vertical direction (or both 
> simultanisly) and change the part visible in the frame by changing the x and 
> y position of the image. But this doesn`t do a good job for me.
> First, I recognized that manuell scaling (keeping aspect ratio) sometime leeds 
> to bad picture quality on the screen. When this bad quality appears and I 
> move the picture inside the border, then I create an pdf of the page I saw 
> that the picture in the frame had not possition that is shown in the scribus 
> doc (e.g. a centered man has the left hand croped in pdf, not in Scribus 
> itself.) Finally I found out that reloading the same picture brings it back 
> in good quality and the cropping in Scribus and pdf are in sync now (you can 
> see it moving in the Scribus doc in comparison to the old possition).  

Ive only ever seen this kind of issue when using Scale to Frame and
thats because the idea of that is that 0,0 of the image is always at 0,0
of the frame. 

To get the best results, you should really be cutting the image to size
in your favourite image program and setting the correct DPI there, but
of course thats not always the easiest solution.

> Second, I realized that I can not set the x or y possition of my images to 
> value smaller than -300mm (and bigger than 300mm?). This means in some cases 
> I was not able to make the part of the photo visable, that I want to have 
> there. I works (were poor) with changing the x and y possition and the width 
> of the frame itself - but that`s hard work.

Its a hard coded limit, we can change that. Just need to set a
reasonable maximum.

Do you know you can double click on the image frame to drag the image
within the frame?

> My wish for the feature: I imagine some kind of preview window when I choose 
> the image tab of the propreties tool. This means I`d like to see the full 
> image there with a border that has the size of my image frame. Now I want to 
> have the possibility to move the border over the image and what`s in is 
> visible in the image frame, what`s out is out. (Like the cropping feature for 
> digikam print visard if anybody knows).
> What are you ideas about it?

Yes.. possible. Good idea.. 
> I promissed Crag not to write bugreports to the list anymore. This is a 
> discussion for all list members to find a proper solution for my problem. 
> When we finish discussing I will write something in the tracker.

:) its ok.. discussion is encouraged.. but tracking bugs in the list is
a bit hard.

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