[scribus] Disappearing Images

John Beardmore John at T4sLtd.co.uk
Wed Aug 12 18:13:39 CEST 2009

Peter Nermander wrote:

>> I think that absolute paths would be an improvement, and it seems like
>> it could at the least be an option in Preferences. I suspect it's mainly
>> a developer time issue and priorities.
> I think it should be selectable for each image.

Yes -  and ideally you'd be able to put anything in there including
URLs ?

> I imagine that in many cases a publication has some images that are
> never changed (lika company logo etc) and are best stored on a network
> share (where absolute paths would be good). Then you have the pictures
> for just this issue, those are most likely stored together with the
> SLA (so relative paths are the best).

Or in the photo library, again accessed by absolute path.

> Of course preferences can allow you to set the default to use.
> Or maybe Scribus can decide itself?

Best let the user choose I think.

> If the path means going above the directory where the SLA is, it
> should be absolute. If the path is just below the SLA, relative works.

An interesting I idea, but if you have something like


containing SLA files which access


what would you do ?  It might be argued that you should use


but if


also references the pictures, you might well feel that was getting messy.

> So, if I'm working on a file in /home/peter/docs/Magazine/Issue_1 a
> file in /home/peter/docs/Magazine/Issue_1/images/ would get a relative
> path. But a file in /home/common/logos/ would get an absolute path.
> Sure, there are maybe times when the logic doesn't work, but then the
> user can have the option of changing it.

Yes -  a default the user can alter would be fine.

Cheers, J/.
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