[scribus] Automating Scribus

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Thu Apr 1 17:33:09 CEST 2010

On Wednesday 31 March 2010 11:14:21 FredAt wrote:
> Submitted on 03/31/2010
> Submitted by anonymous user: []
> Submitted values are:
>    Your contact information:
>      Name: FredAt
>      Email Address: etkit1 at gmail.com
>    About your Scribus program:
>      Version:
>      Prebuilt/Compiled: Prebuilt
>      Build Date:
>    Your operating system and CPU:
>      Type: Windows
>      Version: 2000/XP
>      CPU type: 32bit  Intel/AMD (i386)
>    Your request content:
>      Subject: Automating Scribus
>      Message:
> Hello All,
> I currently create documents in Word 2003 which are saved in XML
> (WordML) format.  The documents typically have 4 pages and contain
> multiple sections with variable numbers of columns, figures and tables. 
> I upload the XML to my server where it is converted into a simpler XML
> format which I then use to generate customized PDF documents using mPDF.
> The weak link in all of this is Word - it is a mere document processor
> and the process of creating precise document layouts, placing figures
> correctly etc is well nigh impossible.  Enter Scribus.  I have looked at
> what it can do and also checked out the Scribus XML format.  I should be
> able to convert the Scribus XML to my native, GSNML, format and then
> feed that to mPDF and things will work just fine.
> However, I am wondering if there is an alternative along these lines
> a, Take the SLA file.
> b. Replace the text and figures taht I need to customize.
> c. Finally use sla2pdf to convert the SLA to a PDF.
> If this is doable I can handle all of the programming.  However, I would
> appreciate some pointers on where to look etc.  Naively changing text,
> images in the SLA does not work - it ends up in Scribus reporting a bad
> format.
> I'd much appreciate any help.
> p.s. - I need to do all of the above on my webserver which runs Apache
> under CentOS.
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Instead of forcing Scribus into your present workflow consider a new 
workflow. Create the document in Scribus and save as PDF of the appropriate 

John Culleton
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