[scribus] Blank Preview

William Bader williambader at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 10 20:38:08 UTC 2015

> From: ana at movers.com
> To: scribus at lists.scribus.net
> Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:08:03 -0500
> Subject: Re: [scribus] Blank Preview
> That did not work either. I've uninstalled and reinstalled and I'm still
> coming up blank. If anyone has any suggestions as to what I can do to fix
> this I'd greatly appreciate it. 
> Again, I'm running (or attempting to run) Scribus 1.4.5 on Windows 7
> Professional, 64-bit. I have also installed gs915wc64 ghostscript. 
> The document still turns blank when I switch to preview mode. I can't export
> to PDF, JPG or print anything -- they all turn out blank. 
> Please help as this is a work project that I'd really enjoy not to do twice.
> Thanks.

Did you check if ghostscript is working? Can you view sample PS and PDF files with it?
If you make a new Scribus test document with a few words, does it work?
If the problem is only with the book, if you edit its SLA file, is all of your text there? As long as the text is there, it should be recoverable.
On my Fedora 20 Linux laptop, if I don't select a font, Scribus 1.4.5 takes the first font on its list, which happens to be a Chinese font "AR PL UMing CN Light" that does not have any Latin characters, and when I export to PDF, the pages call for character positions not in the font and end up blank.
If you open a document in Scribus and the fonts are not present, Scribus asks to map the fonts.
Could you try making a copy of the SLA file and looking for strings like 'FONT=', 'DFONT=', 'Fonts Name=' and 'Subset Name='. Maybe this is a bad idea, but if you change all of the names, for example, prefixing them with XXX, and then open the document, Scribus will ask to substitute them, and maybe you can select a different font.
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