[scribus] Where do I set the line spacing?

ale rimoldi ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
Tue Apr 10 05:40:55 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.

still, whit encountered the three most simple and at the same time
most disturbing scribus bugs for beginners:

- the story editor should not be the default way of editing text (the
  context menu "edit text" should start the inframe editing and a new
  entry "edit story" (or similar) should be added for those who wish to
  use the story editor; but, probably, it's enough to have it in the
  "item" navigation entry).

- the official documentation should be free (or a free documentation
  should be written/translated) so that all distributions can
  automatically install it along with the main program!

- it should be evident how one can add a color, probably through a
  "+" / "add" button  near to the color list

solving those three almost trivial issues (up to the licensing of the
official documentation, which may or not be trivial depending on the
point of view and on the solution to the issue), will give a much more
pleasant start into scribus for beginners.

have fun

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