[Scribus] Importing real text frrtom (E)PS files

David Purton dcpurton
Thu Apr 6 01:41:42 CEST 2006

Hi Folks,

Are any of you familiar with how CorelDRAW handles this situation?

On Wed, Apr 05, 2006 at 05:47:18AM -0700, avox wrote:
> Scribus PS import converts all text to vectors by design. The
> rationale behind this is to keep the exact layout of the imported EPS.
> This would not be possible with Scribus text object, since they would
> reflow the text.
> The second problem is that text in PS file looses its article
> structure.  There might be additional word breaks and the sequence of
> lines would have to be guessed (think of a two column layout, Scribus
> would have to figure out that there are two columns and then put the
> words into the right order).

To get around the first of these problems, CorelDRAW has two sorts of
text objects. It has paragraph text - which is more or less like how
scribus handles text and it has artistic text, which treats the text as
a drawing object that can be stretched and skewed, etc. You can have
spaces and line breaks in artistic text, but it does not have a
paragraph concept.

So when you import (E)PS into CorelDRAW all text comes as one artistic
text object per word. This is not ideal if you want to substantially
reflow things, but for just touching up, it can work well.

We use macros to convert a selection of text from artistic to paragraph
is we want to make more extensive edits, but often you can get away with
leaving things in artistic text.

I woudn't like your chances on solving the second problem..., but at
least giving the option of the first gets text into Scribus that can be
touched up.



David Purton
dcpurton at chariot.net.au
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to
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                                 2 Chronicles 16:9a
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