[scribus] DockWidgets and Workspaces

Rob Oakes lyx-devel at oak-tree.us
Thu Aug 26 23:54:42 CEST 2010

Hi Craig,

I'd be happy to.  As you say, it isn't very much code and the Qt classes handle most of the real work.  Over the weekend, I'll try and hack together a simple C++ plugin that does the same thing.  I avoided C++ for the first round due to absolutely no knowledge about how Scribus and its plugin system work.

(Moreover, I was running into compile errors from SVN and didn't have time/motivation to figure them out.)

In the C++ version, I'll try and go a bit further and allow for the user to create "Named" workspaces.  (Exactly the way that  Using the QSettings class, these could simply be saved out as text files.  One per each available workspace.



On Aug 26, 2010, at 3:31 PM, Craig Bradney wrote:

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> On 8/26/10 11:17 PM, Rob Oakes wrote:
>> Dear Scribus Users,
>> A couple of days ago, I spent some time working on a solution to a
>> Scribus annoyance that has been bugging me for some time: the
>> inability to organize top-level windows.  After I got everything
>> working well (or at least acceptably), one of the people in the
>> Scribus IRC recommended that I share the solution on the mailing
>> list.  I thought that was a good idea, which is why I am writing now.
>> Using the awesome power of the Scripter plugin (and a very good
>> example written by one of the develoeprs), I created a series of
>> scripts to mimic the "Workspaces" feature of the Adobe Creative
>> Suite.  In case you've never used the Creative Suite apps before,
>> Adobe has included the ability to save save your window layout as a
>> "Workspace."  This means that you can configure certain toolbars and
>> palettes and then load them whenever you are working on a particular
>> type of content.  It can be a wonderful time saver.
>> Using a series of python scripts, I've tried to get Scribus to
>> behave similarly.  The first python script I wrote (actually, stole
>> would be more accurate) converts several top level windows to PyQt
>> dock widgets.  You can then organize these how you would like to
>> your Scribus window.  Once you have finished organizing the widgets,
>> you can then save the layout (workspace) by using a second script.
>> After a workspace has been saved, you can then load it again,
>> through the use of the third script.  If you, like me, keep a lot of
>> different windows open at the same time, this system might help you
>> to be slightly more organized.
>> A detailed writeup about the scripts, including links for downloads
>> and configuration structures can be found at:
>> http://blog.oak-tree.us/index.php/2010/08/25/scribus-dockwidgets
>> If you have any problems or questions, please let me know.  I'd like
>> to make them as useful as possible.
>> In closing, I'd just like to say thanks to the developers for
>> creating a fantastic program.  I've used Scribus for years to create
>> scientific posters, and I absolutely love it.  While it might not be
>> perfect, for my needs, it's pretty damn close.
>> Though if you were to make use of dock widgets and workspaces in the
>> next release, I would hardly complain ;)
> Rob.. very nice
> Its not much code.. we'd like to see a C++ version and maybe just
> convert the 1.5.0 GUI to do this by default.. are you prepared to help
> us out?
> thanks
> Craig
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