[scribus] How to get cool tables in Scribus. Yes!

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer at gmx.de
Wed Apr 15 02:43:53 CEST 2009

Am Mittwoch, 15. April 2009 01:49:33 schrieb John Jason Jordan:
> On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 01:20:45 +0200
> Christoph Schäfer <christoph-schaefer at gmx.de> dijo:
> > Am Mittwoch, 15. April 2009 00:34:49 schrieb John Jason Jordan:
> > > On Tue, 14 Apr 2009 19:19:38 +0200
> > >
> > > > Copy your Writer table into Calc and use Calc for the final
> > > > formatting. Then copy the columns and rows of your table to the
> > > > clipboard. Open a new Draw document, use Ctrl+Shift+V and select "GDI
> > > > Metafile" in the dialog. Then export the selection to EPS. Unless
> > > > your gs is badly configured, the resulting EPS will be imported
> > > > flawlessly into Scribus.
> > >
> > > I didn't try Calc at all because I'm pretty sure that in Calc you can't
> > > use all the formatting options for tables that you can in Writer.
> >
> > Perhaps that's your problem. Why don't you just _try_ Calc instead
> > of "being "pretty sure" without any knowledge=
> OK, since you want me to, I did so.
> The first thing I discovered is that the table had to be completely
> reformatted. Pasting into Calc lost all the formatting that I had
> created in the Writer document. So copying and pasting from Writer is a
> bad idea.

Wrong. You lose some formatting, but not all. Most of it is preserved!

> Next I decided to go ahead and reformat the table in Calc to see if I
> could produce the same effects in Calc. That worked acceptably. So far
> it appears that if one creates the table originally in Calc you can
> achieve the same table quality as if you create it in Writer. Mind you,
> this was just one relatively simple table.
> Then I copied and pasted as you suggested into Draw. Sadly, the
> formatting of text in Calc came out messed up. The messed up part was
> text that was rotated 270 degrees in the header row. I'm guessing this
> is an OOo bug. It wasn't badly messed up, but badly enough that it
> wasn't acceptable.

Works without issues here. What version of OO.o do you use?

> > > Tables in Writer were made to be design elements more than places for
> > > sorting and calculating. If you can format to the extent you need to in
> > > Calc, then Christoph's suggestion is another option.
> >
> > When was the last time you worked with a spreadsheet program?
> Winter term at the university. But I didn't have to print the results.
> Otherwise, maybe a few times a year. I do writing and layout. Why would
> it occur to me to use Calc?

To have more options for the design of tables? ;)


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