[scribus] How to change the "Distance of text" for multiple text frames in one go?

Marco Boeringa marco at boeringa.demon.nl
Sat Jul 11 19:35:01 CEST 2009

Hi all,

Just recently downloaded Scribus to give it a try. Since I was not yet 
familiar with DTP, the user interface and concepts were confusing at 
first. However, with help of some good tutorials and documentation on 
the internet, things have become clear and I managed to create a proper 
document using styles and a home made template.

However, I now ran into a serious issue. I used the Calendar Wizard in 
Scribus, that creates a tables like layout of text frames for all the 
dates. So far fine, and I easily managed to tweak the look and placement 
using magnetic lines and all the property settings.

However, since I also wanted to change the "Distance of Text" settings 
(Top, Left etc.) of the Shape tab of a Text Frame, I thought I could 
simply do this like I had done with all other formatting: select 
multiple frames, enter the desired values, and ready...

Well, not so! While I can change things like font style, color etc. of 
multiple selected frames at once, the "Distance of Text" settings are 
only applied to the first selected text frame...

Is this a known bug in Scribus, or do I have an issue with my 
installation? And if it is a bug, is it stilll present in 1.3.5, and if 
not, do users recommend upgrading considering the beta status of 1.3.5?

I am running the latests stable release (, so not the Release 
Candidate 3 of version 1.3.5. Considering all the warnings about ongoing 
changes in the fileformat of the beta version, I thought it wise to 
stick with the latest "stable" release for the time being, especially to 
try it out.

Thanks for any insights and suggestions of how to change these 
"Top/Left/Bottom/Right" distances of text frames in batch, if at all 


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