[scribus] Chopped corners in facing pages ?

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Thu Jan 1 15:50:35 CET 2009

Peter G wrote:
> Hello all,
> Using the Windoz latest stable Scribus 
> What would be the easiest way to produce a 30 page booklet, with Left  & right pages with chopped corners .. chopped corners are when you get a book or booklet and the corners on the outside edge (the opening of the book or booklet, are cut off at 45degree angles, so you get a book that you open and on the opening side, you have NO corners, but you still have regular corners on the binding side where all the pages are bound or center stapled ...)
> Here's what i am thinking, pls advise!!
> Create a Master Pages and create a text frame with chopped corners on the outside
> So in LEft pages, the chopped corners exist on the Left side, top n bottom (chopped off at 45degree angles)
> On the right pages, same thing on the right side..
> SO..if this is correct approach?? (is it the correct approach????) 
>  how do i create a reusable master pages text frame and assign it to all 30 pages and THEN have it apply correctly to LEFT and RIGHT facing pages?? AND have the text flow from one to next pages...
1. You will not be able to use a text frame in Master Pages this way, 
since the text in a frame on a Master Page is fixed once it's created.

2. I think the best way to do want you want (if I understand correctly) 
is to create your left page text frame and copy it to all left pages, 
and then make your right page text frame and copy it to right pages.
You could save time by starting with a rectangle shape, changing fill 
and line colors to None, editing the corners. Make a horizontally 
flipped copy for the opposite page, then convert each to text frames 
(Context menu > Convert to...).
You want to do the flipping before conversion to text so that your text 
content isn't flipped also. [though this brings to mind the idea of 
using the UnflipContent script included with Scribus - 
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Un-Flip_all_Selected_Items - (I also 
see at the same time that in some sort of inscrutable way you can 
accomplish the same thing for text frames by clicking the Right to Left 
Writing button twice in Properties > Text)]

3. You may not require something as involved as this:


but this shows how you can make complex and asymmetric shapes in a 
reproducible fashion.

I hope I haven't made this too complicated to understand, but I wanted 
to illustrate that there are various ways to approach your task. One 
that won't work is to think you can edit a text frame in a Master Page 
on a page-by-page basis.


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