[scribus] External manipulation of a Scribus template

Aleksander Kujbida akujbida at gmail.com
Fri Jun 22 14:01:53 UTC 2012

Now I'm feeling more optimistic! Putting content on top of a template PDF
would not likely work for us. Consider a real example, perhaps I should
have mentioned earlier, a method statement:

This doc is a list of instructions. It may contain 3 steps, or 12 steps, or
whatever. Each step has a heading. Each step has an optional image. The
heading, body, and image placement and size must all comply with our page
layout rules and styles.

Other examples, familiar to everyone: invoice, delivery order, quote. It's
these popular examples that make me think that a headless version would be
well-received. I heard yesterday during a meeting with a graphics designer
that he is disgusted with his own invoicing application, because he can't
customize the appearance of the quotes and invoices he sends to his
customers, which doesn't reflect well on him, especially as a graphics

Though overlaying a PDF template won't work, if we had a comprehensive
script, then I could train someone to operate Scribus just enough to know
how to run the script and print a PDF, according to the workflow you have

I would  like to see your example PDF of conferences (any events in Munich
July 3 to 10? I'm visiting on holiday!).

On 22 June 2012 17:35, a.l.e <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch> wrote:

> then just create the layout with scribus, produce a pdf, optimize its size
> and use the created pdf as a background for the PDFs generated by your php
> or python classes!
> as said, easy to do with PHP and fpdf/fpdi or other similar libraries.
> on the other side, if you have somebody pulling in the text "manually"
> scribus will be ok:
> - you open your template
> - launch the script
> - get the script to show the datasets available (and ready) on the server
> - let the script pull the correct dataset and fill your frames with it
> - produce the pdf
> i don't think that it's public, yet (so i can't link it in here), but i
> can show you the schedule i've helped producing for this years the
> rencontres mondiales du logiciel libre (http://rmll.info):
> - the user clicks on the first frame of a chain (in this case!)
> - he runs the script which pulls in the data which as been exported from
> the server as csv
> - tweaks the layout
> - produces the pdf
> (the script is only producing the part with the list of all conferences!
> the rest is the graphics designer's work)
> i can send you the resulting pdf, tomorrow if you want to seeit.
> it is possible (and not that difficult) to create a script that pulls
> directly the information from a website and places different parts in
> different frames (you just have to match the fields on the weboutput and
> the frames in the scribus pages).
> this is something which is doable with scribus now. without any hacks!
> but, again, all depends on what you want to do... and we still know
> nothing about it!
> ciao
> a.l.e
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