[Scribus] Styles in 1.3.4

avox avox
Wed Jun 6 15:55:52 CEST 2007

Thorsten Z?rner wrote:
> Dear list,
> I understand, that in Scribus 1.3.4 some things are done differently.
> I don't expect Scribus data to be downward compatible... but upward  
> compatible I'd do.

You are right there. As long as you dont e dit a frame it should be exactly
as before, 
if not, please file a bug report.

> When I open a file saved with my old I notice one disturbing  
> thing:
> Some texts have been moved around, partially moved away from colored  
> objects underneath.
> Also, when I try to change these texts with the Script Editor, saving  
> them back
> changes the letter size to 15something thousand pt instead of 7pt...
> so I only read the first line and see the crossed to box bottom-right  
> to indicate there is more text somewhere.

Can you file a bug and attach your original 1.3.3 file?

> To me it seems that this is both due to the new Style Management.
> I have also noticed that the new Style dialogue has plenty more  
> Styles than I've ever defined...
> so which are "mine" and which shall I leave alone?

There should be only two new ones: Default Character Style and Default
Paragraph Style.
Both hold the global style settings for your document. 

There is an issue that copy/paste multiplies styles, also odt and html
import generate
new styles.

> How can I treat old files to work with the new Styles?
> Is there a defined procedure or best practice for that?

Your old paragraph styles will show up as new paragraph styles.
In imported files, all character formatting will be direct formatting.
Direct formatting takes precedence over named styles.
If you want to control character formatting with named character styles
or paragraph styles, you need to use the new "style sweeper" icons
in the properties palette. That clears all direct formatting and then 
the text will use the attributes as set in the named styles.

The application of linespacing was somewhat unintuitive in the old version.
It is now a paragraph style attribute and can be set either in a named style
or directly with the properties palette.

Currently there is no way to set attributes per *frame*. Any frame settings
in old documents are converted to direct formatting of the contained
paragraphs and chars.

Please give us feedback about usability issues with the new style system.
It's necessarily more complicated than the old system, but I want to make
it as predictable as possible.

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