[scribus] External manipulation of a Scribus template

Rainer M Krug r.m.krug at gmail.com
Fri Jun 22 14:10:36 UTC 2012

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On 22/06/12 16:01, Aleksander Kujbida wrote:
> 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.

This sounds like a job for LaTeX - I guess scribus would also be possible, but an overkill and to



> 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 company.
> 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 described.
> I would  like to see your example PDF of conferences (any events in Munich July 3 to 10? I'm
> visiting on holiday!). Regards, Aleksander
> On 22 June 2012 17:35, a.l.e <ale.comp_06-cHndOuGiNnc at public.gmane.org> 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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