[scribus] External manipulation of a Scribus template

Aleksander Kujbida akujbida at gmail.com
Fri Jun 22 13:19:42 UTC 2012

Quite right, a.l.e., adventurous! 'Headless', that's the word I was looking
for. I've been messing with Scribus since we hired some graphics people to
straighten out our presentation mess, and very much like the control we get
with page layout software. Scribus let's us implement the designer's design
very well. MS Word is rubbish for this, and our users would continually be
make changes driven by personal preference and accident.

We will have to either try to find a head/headless page layout package that
let's us wysiwig a template then programatically edit its contents, or
stumble through with available technology, most likely getting someone to
make the docs manually.

On 22 June 2012 17:03, a.l.e <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch> wrote:

> ma allora ditelo...
>  On 22/06/2012 14:47, Aleksander Kujbida wrote:
>>> Questo è molto interessante. I looked at reportlab, but don't see exactly
>>> how they know what to do with a Scribus document; infatti, I think they
>>> don't, and you had to make up your own translation rules. Am I right?
>>> Regards,
>>> Aleksander
>> yes i do
>> the script convert tables and single cells with text or with image inside
>> , background color, borders color and some other stuff. ( no embedded fonts
>> , no compression )
>> there is a cli but it is trivial and not well tested.
>> time and economic reasons stop development to the things needed by our
>> software.
> personally, i would not go the way francesco went.
> while it's an interesting way, but it's also a very adventourous one...
> everytime something changes in the scribus format you will be screwed...
> and big changes are underway!
> (http://www.google-melange.**com/gsoc/proposal/review/**
> google/gsoc2012/prokrammer/**3002<http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/proposal/review/google/gsoc2012/prokrammer/3002>
> )
> really, if you want to automatically create PDFs based on some content on
> the web, you probably don't want to use scribus.
> next year, the situation could be very different than how it is now (new
> scripter, maybe even scribus running headless!), but today... well, i would
> have a look at some php or python pdf classes!
> you may not get the same quality of PDFs, but it will be much easier for
> you to manage.
> (the harder part will be to create the templates... but with fpdi, which
> i've used intensively, it's not that hard to use other PDFs as background!)
> buon pomeriggio!
> a.l.e
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