[Scribus] Real life expirience with Scribus 1.3.4cvs
Wed May 16 19:38:05 CEST 2007
Hi developers and other listeners,
After you've solved problems that lead to crash, I was able to continue
working with Scribus. Here are some observations and thoughts along with
suggestion I think users would benefit from. Attached is continued work on
the file from the Bugzilla. Actually, two rather big files to be sent to the
list, but please don't be resent. :) One file is .sla and the second one is
exported .pdf (exported during work - with no reloading of Scribus document).
For the best experience side by side comparison is advised... :)
Here's the summary of what should be bug reports at first place, but then I
thought it would be better to hear some others opinion (I would not be
surprised to hear that many of issues are actually my fault/misunderstanding
of page layout concept and principles):
1) Shadow color is not exported to pdf as properly. Take a look at the first
page of .pdf and .sla original. Text should be 100% black and shadow 50%
I had really big problems with this one. Scribus was constantly confused with
assigning which color to what "object". Operation performed on canvas with
text selected with text tool.
Saturation of color value is not persistant when an text object has shadowed
text decoration turned on. Try it. Write down your name, select it and give
yourself dropped shadow (from Properties palette). Point drop shadow
saturation to 50%. Deselect text and select it again. Expected values 100%
for saturation of text and 50% for saturation of text, but somehow values got
2) Click on the text frame (any) and open it in Editor (Ctrl+Y). Observe the
layout text somehow got... Center aligned are barely few sentences of text
(looking at canvas) but almost every paragraph is center aligned in editor.
Have no idea what happened here. Strangely, update and exit editor will not
mess up the canvas text.
3) Shift+Return shortcut (Insert->New Line) is not working but every other is.
Speaking of Story editor, not on-canvas editing, where it works as expected.
4) Go to the end of text and you'll see one red * indicating that I've entered
non-paragraph-breaking new line. Place cursor one place behind that * and hit
backspace followed by Return key. Leave the Editor by updating text and now
whole canvas got messed up.
5) Go back to the Story editor and click on paragraph style area and observe
how all the paragraph styles have added "+" sing indicating that there is the
change in comparison to the original style (Am I right?!) but nothing
indicated it before reaching that part of the dialog. I consider that to be a
And I also think "+" sign is bad indicator (borrowed from InDesign) because
nothing has been added, it has been changed! Semantic is just really bad!
Actually sucks! :)
6) Suggestion relative to item no. 5 : add tooltip when hovering over the
character style ribbon that will explicitly tell what has been the change, if
any. Something like:
| font size: 12pt (10pt) |
--------------------------------- where bracketed value
bold -- indicating
original value, for
I have counted some 20 relevant information that should be visible in the
tooltip in the worst case (but that's insane already, because it's whole new
7) Just opening and closing style editor freezes Scribus for about five
seconds. No change need to do for that delay!
8) There is inconsistency between tool behavior. Every tool except frame
linker falls back to selector, which is bad IMHO.
Thank you for attention! Any suggestion and comment (and probably criticism)
P.S. It'd probably be much more intuitive for me to break this, not so long,
text into frames and work that way (like on 1st page of example document),
but I wanted to save myself from tweaking of frames because snapping to
guides is still buggy. I'm aware of both facts written above.
P.P.S. Is there any way to adjust frame size to it's content's size? I could
not find that.
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