[Scribus] Windows booklet printing

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Mon Nov 6 00:37:58 CET 2006

Peter Nermander wrote:
>> The first is the ability to take a Scribus page as a whole and resize 
>> it, plus other operations like rotating or making a mirror image (I'm 
>> trying to think generically). So one could easily convert an A4 page to 
>> US Letter, or take two pages the size of an A4 and shrink/rotate to make 
>> an A5 booklet page.
> I really think the scaling part should not be part of the impositioning. Impositioning is about placing pages on a print sheet. 
That's what I was suggesting, two separate operations.
> When you resize a page, what shall happen to everything on the page? Frames, lines of text within text frames etc. What if the aspect ratio of the page changes?
> I doubt a designer would want the text to reflow (it could in worst case make the document need more pages). And if the text is scaled then the text size is also scaled... But don't you chose a text size based on what size you want on the print? Chosing a bigger text because it is going to get scaled feels like a very bad (backwards) way to design a layout. Why not design at the right size from the beginning?
I'm trying to respond to desires/needs that people have posted to the 
list. I can conceive that a project might be made and primarily intended 
for a full A4 page, yet in addition someone might want to make another 
version by shrinking and rotating for two A5 sizes side-by-side. There 
really isn't anything in Scribus to help them do that, and especially if 
we're talking about Windows users, many don't have the patience for 
external tools.

Scaling doesn't need to be a simple mathematical calculation applied to 
every element. There could be a separate paradigm for each element. 
Images and vector drawings might indeed be a simple math conversion, but 
font sizes and line thicknesses might be rounded or have some 
limitations on degree of change.


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