[scribus] Business Cards from Scribus?

Bill Lawry inov8tn at gmail.com
Sat Sep 19 16:39:38 CEST 2009

I clicked on http://members.pcug.org.au/~rcook/scribus/8879.sla and the link
opened in IE.  I copied the source to Notepad and saved it as an sla file.
The OS recognizes it as a Scribus file but when I tried to open it with
Scribus I received a popup that complained that it wasn't in the right

I used Notepad to visually compare the 8879.sla file (generally) to one that
I had used Scribus to save and noticed that the first line in the 8879.sla
file as opened by IE had "  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>" without
the (") marks as the first line.  Was this added by IE ?.  I removed that
first line but the complaint remains the same.

Also, (perhaps off topic, but) Scribis is installed in c:\program Files
(x86) and initially couldn't find Ghostscript which is installed in
c:\Program Files.  (You've probably figured out that I'm running Vista). So
I 'Changed' the 'External Tools' in Scribis Preferences to look for
Ghostscript in Program Files ( C:/Program Files/gs/gs8.70/bin/gswin32c.exe )
and solved the 'Missing GhostScript' issue but not the 'Fatal Error - File -
<file name>.sla is not in an acceptable format.' issue.  I guess I could
uninstall it and reinstall it in Program Files but I'd rather leave well
enough alone and not try what may turn out to be an incomplete uninstall
unless there is a known benefit.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

- Bill

On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 6:09 AM, Owen <rcook at pcug.org.au> wrote:

> > I have MS publisher on another (older) PC that's not mine.  But it's
> > what I
> > had when I developed a business card (attached)
> >
> > So far Openoffice has satisfied my needs and allowed me to avoid MS
> > Office
> > on this PC but this task has me stumped.
> >
> > I like Scribus' ability to outline letters so I'll re-do the card (no
> > need
> > to convert it) in Scribus.
> >
> > Soooo... How do I develop a business card in Scribus and print it
> > 10-up on
> > Avery Form # 8879?
> As I understand it, the 8879 template is 7.5" wide split down the
> middle with 5 abutting rows of 2.25 inches
> 1. Open a new document, 8879 size (sorry I dont know what that is)just
> measure it and make a custom new document if it is not standard letter
> or A4
> 2. Insert guides to make 10 3.75x2.25 divisions with further guides
> for a 1/8 " bleed area and a 1/8 " no print area so you end up with a
> work area of 3.25"x1.75"
> 3. Use the scrapbook to hold your 3.25"x1.75" card work and then just
> keep pasting it into the 10 work areas.
> http://members.pcug.org.au/~rcook/scribus/8879.sla will give you the
> idea, it has a Scribus-1.3.6 heading, so I assume it will open in
> 1.3.5
> --
> Owen
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