[scribus] editing table

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 25 20:52:02 CEST 2009

John Jason Jordan wrote:
> On Sat, 25 Jul 2009 11:30:08 -0600
> "D. R. Evans" <doc.evans at gmail.com> dijo:
>> This is probably another case of my simply not being able to find something
>> in the manual.
>> I want to change (increase) the number of rows in a table. I looked under
>> "Editing Tables" (3.19.2) but that doesn't seem to discuss editing tables
>> at all, just editing the cells within a table.
>> Naïvely, I expected something obvious in the Properties associated with the
>> table, but I couldn't see anything there. Then I tried under Insert,
>> thinking that maybe there would be an "Insert Row" capability, but I didn't
>> see that either.
> The reason it is not in the wiki is because Scribus does not have real
> tables, not even in the latest 1.3.5 RC3. When you click to create a
> table you are running a script which creates a set of grouped text
> frames. 
> You could ungroup the frames, then select all of them in one row,
> re-group them, copy to the clipboard, and then paste in. Then you'd
> have to rearrange the position of the "rows" to accommodate your new
> group of tables.
> In my experience I find that I can usually do without a table just by
> cleverly creating a text frame and setting appropriate tabs in the
> paragrph style(s). This works unless I need borders. If I need borders
> then I typically create the table in OpenOffice.org Writer, being
> careful to mimic the text styles that I am using the Scribus document.
> Then I print to file from Writer. In Scribus I use File > Import > Get
> Vector File, which imports the file as grouped vector objects. It's not
> editable in Scribus because printing to file converts all the text to
> outlines. 
> A lot of people have been asking for real tables for a long time, but
> it is not going to happen for quite a while yet. I can only assume that
> the developers have decided it is too complex to tackle right now.
the ugly workaround (maybe not so bad since tables are rather ugly 
anyway) is to ungroup, then select a row/column, then use multiple 
duplicate with only one copy specifying the distance to shift 
vertically/horizontally according to the height/width of each row/column.


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