[scribus] Difficulty with Lines
avox at arcor.de
Thu May 28 19:22:22 CEST 2009
Jessica Evans wrote:
> Scribus 220.127.116.11 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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