[scribus] Difficulty with Lines

avox avox at arcor.de
Thu May 28 19:22:22 CEST 2009

Jessica Evans wrote:
> Scribus on Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600
> Hi all,
> So far I've used Scribus for two edition of my 12-page newsletter, and 
> I've noticed some things that are hard to deal with, or possibly bugs.  
> I'm not an experienced open-source user so I hope starting here, rather 
> than trying to figure out how to open bug reports, is ok. 
> So, one thing I need to do a lot (really really a lot)  is generate 
> simple vertical and horizontal lines to demarcate columns.  I have found 
> this to be weirdly difficult with Scribus.  With other graphics and D.P. 
> applications I've been able to press the Shift key while drawing a line 
> to constrain the line to be either horizontal or vertical.  This doesn't 
> work with Scribus.  The only way I can get a line to be truly horizontal 
> or vertical is to:
>  * Create a guide & turn on snap to guides
>  * Start the line and end the line near the guide
>  * Pull one end of the line to the guide
>  * Pull the other end to the guide
>  * Repeat a few times until the line is really actually straight.
> I don't know why the guide doesn't fully constrain the points at the 
> ends of the line...I seem to need to pull the line past the guide in one 
> direction, at both ends, several times, to really get the line totally 
> vertical or horizontal.
> Second Issue: Can't Lengthen Lines
> I simply cannot lengthen/shorten a line without changing the angle or 
> changing the location of the line.
> Once I have a vertical or horizontal line I want to be able to mouse 
> over until it is the 2-way arrow, signifying the line will be 
> lengthened/shortened rather than either:
>  * moved (4-way angle)
>  * or changed in length and angle (angled arrow.)
> It is extremely difficult to get the 2-way arrow to appear at all, but 
> if I view the document at 400% I can usually get it.  However, the 
> action is always as for the 4-way arrow. Even when the icon is the 2-way 
> arrow, the line just moves, it doesn't stay in place and 
> lengthen/shorten with the mouse action.
> Any help/advice much appreciated...I have to generate horizontal and 
> vertical lines many many times for each edition I produce.
> Best wishes, Jessica
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just two quick hints:

1. you can use the Properties Palette to set the angle, position and length
of lines explicitly
2. instead of lines you can also use the curve tool to create a straight
line, the mouse handling might be better for those

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