[scribus] Confused on how to insert/delete pages

Mark F. PAL350 at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 17 20:34:01 CET 2008

Hi Mark -- Best not to be making such major changes so late in the 
workflow of the document. If you have to insert an odd number of pages, 
though, you'll need to go through the later ones that have moved, select 
each one, go to Page >> Apply Master Page, and select the correct master 
(right or left).

Eeeyow.  Okay.  Looks like more explanation on my part is in order.

I have a good idea of what the book is going to look like.  I can lay out 
individual chapters with good results.  I have a handle on the margins, 
illustrations, headers/footers, and virtually all other details.

This is a technical/hobbyist book which consists of numerous sections, 
each on a different piece of equipment.  I have more sections than are 
necessary to reach my target size of 235-250 pages  (~125 two-sided 
pages).  That's why I'm looking for a way to move, add, or delete 
sections.  Right now, I don't have a final idea of WHICH sections are 
ultimately going to be used because I don't have a good enough 
estimate of the page count until I actually lay them out with all the 
pix.  This is a heavily-illustrated book.  Sort of a Catch-22.

Certainly people have had to add an odd number of pages to a two-sided 
book late in the game for some reason or other. Either that or I'm totally 
abusing the desktop publishing concept.  :confused:

BTW, I did try an example of deleting a single page, then going to one of 
resulting offset pages and applying a correct master page.  As far as I
see, nothing happened at all.  Probably something I goofed up.

Another way to get around this could be writing the book in separate 
Scribus documents, then concatenating them together in the order I 
desire.  However, the same problem would result if a section 
ended on a RHS page and I had chosen to begin each section on a RHS 
page.  But in that case I'm dealing with an easier solution.  The sections 
tend to be no more than ten pages each, usually around 5-7 pages.  

I could compose the separate sections, each starting on a RHS page.  When
that is
done, it would give me a page count and I could pick the sections to
Then I could begin concatenating them.  If I happen to have a section that 
ends on a RHS page, I can fix the next section by translating each of the
pages' contents by selecting all items with Shift-Right Click and moving 
them to the correct margin with Ctrl-Shift-(left or right arrow).  This last 
works -- I've tried it.  Crude, but it's a solution.

Question is now whether I can build up a book by concatenating sections.
Will try a test of that next with some sample sections by importing, cutting
and pasting,
or whatever works.  Quark has such a "book 
feature" built-in.  Problem was, it doesn't work, at least in the version I
Every once in a while, the process would "eat" one's work.  Not good.

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