[Scribus] Please help with 'simple' scripting task - print the current document

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Fri Jun 22 02:37:47 CEST 2007

Bill Hudacek wrote:
> Hi! I need help, and I'm at my wit's end.  I'm trying to use scribus to 
> print tickets.
> I have 4 tickets per page, with 8 named text boxes.  I want to stuff a 
> ticket number into the two boxes for a ticket (one on ticket, one on 
> 'stub'), then do the same for the remaining three tickets.  I have this 
> working.
> Rather than create hundreds of pages in a document, or hundreds of 
> documents, I thought I'd simply print the page, then increment my 
> counter by 4, repopulate the named text boxes, and print the page 
> again...but I cannot figure out how to get the document to print!
> I found docs on the "Printer" object on the Scribus web site, but 
> there's no info on how you actually use it.  None of the examples shows 
> how it's used.  I even googled for 'allinurl: scribus .py' and spent a 
> bit of time reading arbitrary scripts :-)
> Does someone have a trivial example of how to print the current document?
What you want to do is, first of all, trivialize the problem. You have 2 
a) printing X number of pages of tickets
b) assigning ticket numbers to each ticket and stub
The first job is "simple" -- make the layout for one ticket, leaving a 
blank space for the numbers. Copy this to the page for your four tickets.
Copy your page as many times as you like. Alternatively, make this a 
Master Page:

You don't say how many pages you need. For one or a few dozen, perhaps 
making the text boxes for numbering can be done manually: make the 
layout of text boxes, group them, copy the group to each page and change 
the numbers as needed.
For placing text boxes using a script, check this script:
This particular one imports addresses from a text file, then places one 
text frame on a page. With modification, you could generate the numbers 
with some kind of incrementing loop, and make 8 text boxes per page on 
your document. Once you have the script, you can either set it up to 
apply the script work to the previous document made with Master Pages, 
or make a new document and apply the Master Pages later.


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