[scribus] Specifying columns on a Master Page

John Gerdeman johnpatrick at gerdeman.de
Mon Nov 10 08:52:29 CET 2008

Hello Mark,

master pages define those elements on a page, that are unchangeable.
Look at using the library. Here you can define template elements, that
you can drag on any page, and that can be changed afterwards.



Am Sonntag, den 09.11.2008, 12:58 -0800 schrieb Mark F.:
> I'm putting together an illustrated technical book 
> and have done enough sample work that I'm convinced I can 
> do most everything I need -- processing and sizing pix to 300dpi 
> grayscale, margins, fonts, getting nice justified text 
> columns, producing good PDF, etc.
> But I'm stuck on one aspect of setting up the Master Page. 
> Page(s), actually, because I need separate ones for the LHS
> and RHS pages.  I can set up the margins, grids, page 
> numbering and that stuff.  But I can't figure out how to 
> set up the Master Page so that I get two text frames with 
> the attributes I require to show up in the document itself.
> Closest I've come is this:  I create the Master Page, specify
> margins, then make two text frames for the two columns in the 
> usual manner.  In my case, I'm using 3.5" wide columns.  They 
> are full length on the master page because I figure I can just 
> change them as necessary in the document.  Then I specify 
> "left justified" with the frame properties, and hyphenation with 
> Extras-->Hyphenate text. Then I move back to the main document.
> When I do a Page --> Apply Master Page in the document, the
> two column frames show up all right, but only with gray-dotted 
> borders.  Clicking on them will not select them in the usual way
> so that text can be imported.
> I realize I can make columns one at a time, then left-justify 
> the text, hyphenate, and link frames in the usual way. But I'd
> sure like to do the preliminary column setup with the Master Page
> if possible.
> Any ideas on this?  Thanks in advance.
> BTW, I'm a relative novice at this, but after messing with Quark 
> and Pagemaker I've found Scribus to be a breath of fresh air.
> --Mark

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