[Scribus] templates and templates

PLinnell mrdocs
Tue May 3 23:18:12 CEST 2005

On Tuesday 03 May 2005 22:44, Phil Hughes wrote:
> I used to think I was the only one confused here but I now know
> there are at least three of us. So, let me just ask here. I have a
> feeling the answer is something that will unconfuse a lot of
> people.
> We are working on a magazine layout. In terms of what I remember
> from Quark (haven't used it in over 10 years) you have:
>  * Document template
>  * Master pages
> It sounds like Scribus has these capabilities but, today, they are
> both called templates. But, the more I play the less I understand.
> So, let me define what I want to do. I am guessing a one-paragraph
> answer will get me pointed in the right direction.
> The magazine has some document-wide characteristics such as page
> size, margines, page numbers and other standard footer information.
> That, to me, sounds like document template info.
> Within the magazine, there are various sections. For sake of
> argument, let's call them news, and entertainment. Within each of
> those sections you have four or more types of pages:
>  * First page of the section (this is also the first page of the
> first article but differs because of a bigger section heading). *
> First page of subsequent articles.
>  * Last page of an article (slightly different column layout to
>    add an author bio).
>  * Intermediate article pages (just text frames with no space for
>    a special header or anything). There could be 2-column and
> 3-column versions.
> I would call these master pages--that is four or so per section
> type times the number of sections.
> Assuming I am not wacko in thinking that is the way to do
> something, how do you really make such a document? With New From
> template and save as template in the File menu, apply template in
> the Page menu, Templates in the Edit menu and probably some other
> stuff, I am quite confused.
> Thanks.


In Scribus terms:

Page Template = Master Page = a static page background 

To add these to a page or set of pages you "apply" them. You can also 
create/delete new pages and re-order them via the Pages Palette with 
drag and drop. You can also use the Page Palette to directly navigate 
within a doc.

Note you cannot directly edit the items which are in a page template 
on the canvas, only when edit the Page Template directly.

Document Templates are documents pre-populated with whatever arbitrary 
object you wish. These objects are fully editable on the canvas. The 
only difference between a regular document and a document template is 
there is an accompanying xml file which gives the description info 
for the file. 

You might want to download the extra templates if you have not an 
experiment with them.

Hope that helps,

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