[scribus] Experiments with the Scribus code
eilert-sprachen at t-online.de
Wed Aug 28 09:15:59 UTC 2013
The point might be to produce a pdf in relation to some data which are
given to Scribus, either on the commandline or by using some kind of a
placeholder within the .sla.
Just some days ago, I finished a project where an app reads a mailbox
which may contain an application form, then produces a pdf out of the
data (name, address...) and sends it back to the applicant. It cost a
lot of trial-and-error cycles to let a program draw the elements by
itself, so if one could use Scribus to layout such a form and then
insert the data and bake a pdf automagically, this would save tons of work.
By the way, I wonder if it's really possible: In my case I was forced to
use Cairo as the graphical rendering engine because qt cannot run
without access to an X server (at least in my IDE, Gambas). Which
graphical library does Scribus use?
Am 28.08.2013 11:00, schrieb Staffan Melin (Oscillator):
> This sounds interesting but could you give us the reasons for this
> (the three targets)?
> Spontaneously, for producing a SLA file you still need a GUI Scribus,
> so what's the point?
> Best regards,
> Staffan Melin
> On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM, ale rimoldi <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch> wrote:
>> Dear Scribus community,
>> During the last year, I've been (re)thinking about my contributions to
>> the Scribus community. And I tried to find my way around free software
>> and publishing.
>> At the beginning of July, at this year's "Recontres mondiales du
>> logiciel libre" in Brussels, I've been enlightened (ehm ehm) and finally
>> found a way, I consider worth to try out:
>> I'm launching an experimental project around Scribus, a place where I
>> -- and possibly other people -- can try new ideas and new concepts.
>> (That hopefully will then make their way into the main Scribus)
>> To begin with, here some of the ideas I'd like to realize are:
>> - Create a sla to pdf engine that correctly works from the command line.
>> - Make it easy to compile Scribus on Windows.
>> - Make Scribus visible, in places where (future) programmers are.
>> In my plans, the first step will be the following one:
>> Pick chunks of Scribus code, reassemble them, rewrite things, remove
>> things, have fun, add new features... and produce a "command line only"
>> Scribus that can be used to convert .SLA into .PDF on a server.
>> And I'm looking for people wanting to participate, contribute code,
>> ideas, and use cases.
>> Personally, for the main discussion on this experimental project, I
>> prefer not to use this mailing list nor the Scribus bug report system.
>> Mainly in order to avoid confusion among people who are here just to
>> get some support for Scribus.
>> But also in order to make it easier discussing features and processes
>> that may have no chance to ever get into the Scribus main code.
>> I've created mailing list you can join at
>> And a GitHub repository you can fork (and where you can fill tickets)
>> Both are still empty but they won't stay that way for a long time!
>> Finally, I will try to blog about it in somehow regular intervals...
>> Let's see if I manage it! And I will keep this list up to date on the
>> progresses of the experiments.
>> I wish you all a wonderful day!
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