[scribus] Opening MS Publisher files

Trevor Jenkins bslwannabe at gmail.com
Sat Aug 7 12:27:21 CEST 2010

The problem with exporting the file to Postscript is that the text structure
has gone. All one is left with are instruction of how to make marks on a
display surface (be that screen or paper). Postscript is essentially a
final-form version of the document. My requirement is to extract the text
and markup from a Publisher and import it into Scribus (or any one of dozen
text analysis tools) for further processing.

On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 4:22 AM, NoOp <glgxg at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> On 07/22/2010 06:05 AM, Keith Abraham wrote:
> > Pardon me if no one has mentioned this before but why don't you tell
> > your MS Publisher users to send you their files in .ps or .eps format?
> > MS Publisher can do it i.e. "File -> Save As" (or it could the last time
> > I looked). Most users don't know you can do that and when you tell them
> > they're surprised and get the satisfaction that they've learn something.
> >
> > There are plenty of postscript converters/viewers around (for free if
> > you use Linux/FreeBSD).
> >
> > I don't know how good MS Publisher is at producing postscript files from
> > complex layouts but I've had no problem with the .ps files user's have
> > sent me.
> Actually Scribus linux (Ghostscript 8.71) can open .ps
> files exported from Publisher 6.5. Scribus windows (Ghostscript
> 8.71) can as well, but both have issues opening a 3 fold page
> double-fold (created in Publisher/PageMaker) and of course opens 2nd
> page of the .ps flip page reversed (mirrored image) and oriented
> incorrectly. Header text is missing, etc., etc., yet if I open the .ps
> in a standard document viewer it displays just fine. Perhaps I'm
> exporting incorrectly? How do you propose to edit modify that?
> Exporting to pdf, opening in Inkscape & exporting as svg & then
> importing to Scribus works better to some extent. Unfortunately every
> line in the imported svn is a single frame, so that's pretty much
> impossible to work with as well.
> Adobe PageMaker 6.5 provided a utility to convert Publisher (98)
> (MSPConv.exe) and Quark (QXConvrt.exeO files to PageMaker .P65 files (I
> don't have any more recent versions) and that utility still works _very_
> well. I wonder if it would be possible to do the same with a Scribus
> add-in/utility?
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Regards, Trevor.

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