[scribus] Text frame on master page with text entered on actual pages?

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Mon Feb 7 18:54:29 CET 2011

A couple of additional pointers may help.

First, Scribus gets bogged down when documents are large. If you have a
large book I'd recommend breaking it up into chapters or whatever
divisions make sense. You can export each file to PDF and then assemble
the PDFs into one PDF file with any of various tools, depending on your
platform (Windows, Linux, MacOS).

Second, when you create a new document there is a dialog box where you
enter initial layout information, including the number of pages. In
that dialog box there is a checkbox for "Automatic Text Frames" (or
something like that). If you check that box Scribus will create a text
frame on every page and they will all be linked. However, there is no
way in that dialog box to tell Scribus anything about how you want the
text frames, so Scribus will just make a text frame on each page and
the frame will fill the page to the page margins. If you want the
frames a specific size you can get this by adjusting the margins in the
new document dialog box, but if you want other special features for the
frames they'll have to be applied manually. (Although there are some
other options in the Preferences section.)

On Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:38:20 -0500
Peter Desjardins <peter.desjardins.us at gmail.com> dijo:

>Thanks for pointing out that feature. That does help.
>I'm planning a large reference book and there will be many pages with
>consistent layout. I'm sure I'll need to make small adjustments to the
>page layout after I've entered all the text. Is this the best way to
>do that?
>  1. Adjust the layout of a text frame on one page and send it to the
> scrapbook. 2. Copy the text of a corresponding text frame on another
> page and
>then delete the text frame.
>  3. Paste the adjusted text frame from the scrapbook.
>  4. Delete the text contents of the pasted text frame.
>  5. Paste the text that belongs on the page that was copied in step 2
>into the new text frame.
>  6. Repeat for every other page in the book.
>On Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM, Gregory Pittman <gregp_ky at yahoo.com>
>> On 02/06/2011 08:25 AM, Peter Desjardins wrote:
>>> Hi. I'm using Scribus for the first time, it's excellent, thanks! I
>>> can't find a feature that does what I'm describing in the doc or on
>>> the web so I hope you won't mind me asking here.
>>> Is there a feature that would allow me to add a text frame on a
>>> master page but then enter text on the actual pages of my document?
>>> I'd like to be able to adjust the position of the text frame on a
>>> page after the text is entered and have the frames on each page
>>> reflect that change consistently. I added guidelines on my master
>>> page and I know I could adjust those but I don't want to have to
>>> edit each individual body page in case I adjust the layout later.
>>> I thought I could do this by inserting the text frame on the master
>>> page but I could only add text from the master page. Is there a way
>>> to change the properties of a master page text frame and allow it
>>> to be used on body pages? Or is there a different way I should
>>> accomplish the flexible layout that I need?
>> This is not the way that master pages are meant to be used.
>> What you may want to do is to make a text frame on a regular page,
>> then put it in the Scrapbook (right-click on the frame to see the
>> option).
>> Then when you bring up the Scrapbook dialog (Windows > Scrapbook),
>> right-click on the item in the Scrapbook, select Paste to Page, and
>> it will be pasted onto the current page at the coordinates of the
>> original. Then do your editing.
>> Also note that if you simply Copy or Cut an item on one page, then
>> go to another and Paste, it will be placed with the same coordinates
>> the original had. So in theory, you could copy something from a
>> master page, go back to regular editing mode and paste. I think the
>> scrapbook makes more sense for your needs.
>> Greg
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