[Scribus] How to make ``photo book'' easily? + some
Lev A. Serebryakov
Fri Feb 29 15:12:46 CET 2008
Gregory Pittman wrote:
> but it's really outside the function that Master Pages were designed
And for what were they designed? For me (as programmer with big
practice in OOD/OOP) Master Page should accumulate ALL common bits from
ALL pages, derived from it. Placement of common elements, etc. "Image"
is very coarse object, IMHO, if system allows to have "Image Frame"
without linked file.
I was confused by two-step process of image placement:
(1) Creation of Image Frame object
(2) Linking of Image Frame object with image file..
So, my first thought was: ``Cool, I can refactor out BIG chunk of
common data -- Image Frame properties -- from all my pages''. Ooops :(
And even more: I was surprised, when I understand, that all
properties of image frame (shape, lines, lines color, etc.) can not be
separated to style, and changed at once for whole document later. We
have styles for text for ages (and every book about using DTP or office
package spends A LOT pages to describe, why styles are A GOOD THING and
formatting in-place is A BAD THING), and now I need to style every frame
> As someone has said, and I gave some links for, scripting for this
> allows for great flexibility. Perhaps what I can do is think about
There is one problem: I'm programmer, Ok. Really, I wrote perl script,
which generates TeX source and calls pdftex (so, no Scribus in this my
project, sorry, but I'll try it again when I'll need real layout,
instead of one-picture-per-page-no-text-at-all simplest case).
But DTP system is not for programmers... And photo album is very
common task in our century of print-on-demand services... There is
function "Text flow" for ages (I've use it in PageMaker 5.0 many years
ago), when imported LONG text spreads on many pages. It seems, that we
need such feature for images too...
// Lev Serebryakov
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