[scribus] Where do I set the line spacing?

Meho R. mehor at gmx.com
Mon Apr 9 08:49:55 UTC 2012

On Monday 09 April 2012 06:29:26 Whit Blauvelt wrote:
> Thanks Owen! I went to trying to do this in Libre Office and AbiWord, both
> of which are SERIOUSLY buggy at large page sizes. Not a good day for Linux.

This has nothing to do with Linux at all, you're simply doing it wrong, bro. Noticed "Office" part in LibreOffice, and "Word" part in AbiWord? If you're creating a poster and fiddling with layout in general, you don't use office apps for the job, but a DTP tool. That's why you're here, right?

> Okay, that wasn't present in the ^t context in which text is edited, despite
> that the font size can be set there. But a right click on the text box in
> the page context gets to that - and it was set to fixed by default, which is
> brain dead. Anyway, the hint where to find it is much appreciate

First thing you see when you click on "Text" tab on "Properties" palette is Font, Font Size and Line Spacing. And they are present there at all times. Also, having fixed line spacing by default is perfectly sane if you ask me. If you do manual tweaking, you'll play with values in "Text" tab anyway, and if you're using automatic features (styles), you'll set those values to your liking no matter what's the default value.

> Yeah, I'm afraid the way the .deb is being distributed for Ubuntu by Scribus
> they've left out the manual and defaulted to the "simple" palette. Which is
> as nonsensical as defaulting to a fixed line height. Sigh.

I have a feeling that you're quite new to the Linux world. Get used to the fact that Linux (distros) are not Windows or Mac OS. Having documentation for an app delivered separatly from main "executable" files isn't anything new, but a common practice. Just run Synaptic and search for "scribus", as Owen suggested, you cannot miss it. Also a simple search for "scribus wiki" or "scribus help" would lead you to online documentation.

As I said before, default color set and fixed line spacing might be nonsensical to you, but they might also be perfectly OK for other users, so we're talking more or less about tastes and habits, not real issues.

If you want more colors, again, do as Owen suggested: run Scribus, but close all opened documents, go to Edit > Colors and choose one of many color sets present. The one you choose will be default for newly created documents. Want more color sets (or maybe Pantone sets), try SwatchBooker.

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