[scribus] proportional resize of text frames

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 4 05:49:25 CET 2010

On 02/03/2010 11:35 PM, Nik wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've noticed that in more recent versions of Scribus, the properties 
> window for text frames has a "linked" button for width and height, and 
> that this is enabled by default.
> The result is that when I try to fix the height of an otherwise 
> correctly sized frame, the width gets altered also.
> Even if I remember that the two are linked, I have to pause, make sure 
> the button is in its disabled state, and if not click it before 
> resizing a text frame. This minimally involves an extra click for the 
> first such operation for each frame, and involves more time looking to 
> see if the click is needed.
> And of course, when I forget to look, which is by far the more common 
> case, I have to click the button to disable it, and then edit the 
> frame dimensions to fix the unwanted resize operation, which involves 
> much more extra mouse clicks and expended time.
> To be honest, I can't actually think of any situation in which I want 
> text frames to be resized proportionally.
> I can conceive of possible situations, but I can't think when I might 
> actually encounter one:
> eg I have a frame in the middle of the page somewhere and I want to 
> increase its visibility on the page, so I increase the font size and 
> then proportionally increase the frame size. But since most fonts are 
> not square, I doubt that the proportional increase is going to be 
> correct anyway.
> So my main question is:
> Q1: Could we please make the link between width and height disabled by 
> default?
> Q2: Or alternatively, assuming there are users who want it to be 
> enabled by default, could we please have a preferences setting that 
> allows me to set it to disabled by default?
Maybe not such bad ideas. For now, the thing to keep in mind for this 
and the other problem is Undo. As soon as you realize you have erred 
click Undo. Beyond that, it's just a matter of training yourself, 
waiting for these kinds of options to come about.


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