[scribus] [scribus-dev] Help !

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Fri Jul 15 22:38:40 UTC 2011

On Thursday, July 14, 2011 08:27:48 pm Gregory Pittman 
tc. etc.
> HI Marc,
> 1. Best to send these things to the regular User mail 
list (see the list
> of recipients)
> 2. You should be able to get the rc5 1.4.0, which can 
load this file.
> There are still a few bugs, but probably not show 
stoppers for you.
> 3. Another work around is to save page content to the 
Scrapbook, then go
> to an older version in the 1.3.5 series, and pull them 
in there. This
> uses the same Scrapbook.
> Greg
Superior advice from one of the experts. As a non-expert I 
offer the additional:

Another path:
Take your latest pdf  and save it as text from Acrobat 
Reader.  This at least gives you a starting point. 

Yet another path:
Take your current sla file and import it into the 
development version from svn, version 1.5.0. Yes it will 
have bugs but hopefully different ones than 1.4.0.RC5.

I find it easier to work with any software on Linux. And I 
have scripts that download and compile both 1.4.0 and 
1.5.0 from svn each night. I don't know if the version  
1.4.0RC5 is updated daily on the web page. If so you could 
try downloading it again and see if some your demons have 
disappeared. My version of Scribus 1.4.0 RC5 was updated 
yesterday and compiled last night. The splash screen sitll 
says June 18 but I know that the software folks sometimes 
don't update the splash screen every time they make a 
minor change in the software. 

I have also discovered that there are tricks that keep 
certain crash creators at bay. For example the "Default 
Paragraph Style" must be in a position superior to all 
other paragraph styles in the hierarchy of styles. So when 
creating a new paragraph style the line marked "Based on" 
must be filled with a value. If you take the default 
(blank) value of this field then that style becomes 
superior to the "Default Paragraph Style" and a crash is 

This is not in any manual (I looked.) Once I fixed my 
styles per the above I found 1.4.0 to be an acceptable 
product for my current book. 

John Culleton

"Death Wore Black" Police procedural: 

"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
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