[Scribus] Newbie: Howto autosize text frames and other (I am sure) silly questions

David Goodenough david.goodenough
Mon Oct 10 18:56:49 CEST 2005


I am new to this newslist, and I have been using Scribus for about 6 months 
now to create the reference sheet (diary, useful phone numbers/email/URLs,
and train and bus timetables) for my local village.  I come from a word
processing background, not a DTP background so please forgive me if I
ask things that are taboo in the DTP world.  Although I write Java all the
time I am not a Python programmer.

1) I use frames to isolate different items (for instance all the diary dates
for a given organisation), and it would be useful if there was a script that 
would take a frame and adjust its size so that it was exactly the right 
vertical height to fit the text that was in it.

2) In my general diary section I have lines with a date, a time and 
a description.  The date and time are at the left hand of the frame, and
the description is right justified, rather like a table of context or index.
How do I put in something to guide the eye from one side to the other,
in a WP I would typically use a "." fill for the tab.

3) How do I put a right tab on the right margin of the frame, so that if
I change the width of the frame the right tab adjusts automatically.  In
the WPs I have used some of them had an implicit tab on the right
margin which was right justifiy.

4) It would be really useful to have a key combination which brought
up the story editor.  I am generally working on a laptop without a 
mouse (my desk is too cluttered to provide room for a mouse) so I
use the touchpad and it keeps thinking I have selected frames that I
have passed over to get to the icon on the toolbar.

Apart from this niggles (and I suppose I may find more later), Scribus
took a little time to get used to (I guess the WP -> DTP transition) but
seems to do what I want, it is a pleasure to use.

Thanks in advance


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