[scribus] Automating PDF process

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Sat Apr 3 15:56:24 CEST 2010

On Friday 02 April 2010 23:12:12 srikrishnan wrote:
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> Hi,
> I am new to Scribus, I want to create PDF for the set of images (which
> contains both EPS and TIFF) in a folder. I have a format for this
> process, in that format I want to place all the images one by one in a
> PDF (no constraint for number of pages).
> My idea is, I want to create sla file outside Scribus with the help of
> perl and open it in Scribus automatically and make PDF from that file.
> If Possible, please share with me the possibilities, ideas and methods.
> It would be very much helpful for me
> Thanks,
> Srikrishnan
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Given the complexity of the Scribus XML format I suggest against trying to 
create it external to the Scribus program itself. My attempts to fiddle with 
it (like putting in more carriage returns for greater readability) have 
resulted in files that would not load, even though there was no substantive 
change to the file. Also at the moment there are three Scribus XML layouts 
in use: 1.3, 1.4 et seq. and 1.5. Some of the templates are from still 
earlier versions.  Scribus knows how to read an older format and convert it 
forward. But I wouldn't try to match the expertise of those who actually 
work on the code.

For batch processing of images my suggestion would be ImageMagick. That 
toolset is not simple to learn, but those who use it regularly do batch 
conversions of images all the time. 
John Culleton
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
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