[scribus] External manipulation of a Scribus template

francesco at promotux.it francesco at promotux.it
Fri Jun 22 14:18:28 UTC 2012

On 22/06/2012 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.
> 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.
this is exactly the use we make with slatpl2sla and sla2pdf  :)

> 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 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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