[Scribus] Book guts and cover

Calum Polwart scribus
Wed Dec 6 12:54:19 CET 2006

I'd suggest scribus is not the man for the job?

I'd use an imposition tool (multivalent could easily do this  :
multivalent.sourceforge.net ).  Its command line but if you play with
say the first few pages - check the output - tweak the command and
repeat then its OK.  Just re-use the command and edit it.

Then I'd restrict Scribus to the cover.

Otherwise you are looking at either scripting something or manually
placing each pdf page in frame on each page...  Noting also that scribus
doesn't import PDF in an editable format - it'll make the docuemnt grow
very large.

In the future Scribus will impose - but not yet.  And even then I'm not
sure why you'd want to crack a nut with a sledge hammer!!


On Tue, 2006-12-05 at 22:41 -0800, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> I have agreed to print and bind (I have the equipment) a reader for the
> people of an endangered language in Guinea, west Africa. This is a pro
> bono project, as I will charge nothing for the work. I intend to use
> Scribus as far as possible.
> Unfortunately, the professor who did the field work contracted with a
> local "book designer." This person will set the book with Microsoft
> Word. No, there is no possibility of changing this. It is a done deal
> and the person has already completed most of the work. The silver
> lining is that the person has been told to export the file as PDF. I do
> not have the authority to ask for the original text file and reset the
> book with Scribus.
> The book will be 120 pages +. It will be half-letter, that is 5 1/2
> wide by 8 1/2 high. The designer person will set the document
> properties in Word to this size. The resulting PDF should also be this
> size.
> The document will be printed on high speed laser. The laser is capable
> of duplexing and most any standard page size you want. It is my laser,
> so I am in control of this end of the operation.
> The document will have pages as follows:
> First side:
>  ---------------------------
> |                |                |
> |    p1        |    p1        |
> |                |                |
> |                |                |
> ---------------------------
> Second side:
> ---------------------------
> |                |                |
> |    p2        |    p2        |
> |                |                |
> |                |                |
> ---------------------------
> The result is that each copy printed will actually be two copies. After
> printing the two copies will be sliced in two with the guillotine,
> resulting in two identical copies, each half-letter.
> So if I want to do the layout of the PDF files in Scribus, how do I
> place the PDF files on pages in Scribus? How can I be sure I did it
> right?
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