[scribus] Scribus making links (clickable)

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Fri Jan 9 14:04:59 UTC 2015

On 01/09/2015 09:00 AM, Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 01/08/2015 02:14 PM, Gimp-Werkstatt wrote:
>> Hi
>> I First apologies for my bad English, and hope you understand my
>> stammering.
>> I do have a little problem with Scribus inserting links to a text.
>> The members of Gimp-Werkstatt write a little newsletter. I get the text,
>> screen shots and photos that I arrange with Scribus. Quite often the
>> authors send a text with links that point to a page within our forum.
>> So until now my work flow was:
>> adding the link within the rest of the text and colour it
>> orange/underline so it looks like a link
>> than I open a little text field (Icon with two feet) and add the Link to
>> the properties.
>> When I want to export to PDF Scribus marks it as a mistake, because the
>> box with the link is empty.
>> Well, this work flow is not really good, because it always means a some
>> fiddly work moving the link boxes, when I add some text to the text box
>> or change some text.
>> I have also tried to insert the link text to the link box, but when I
>> export the work to PDF, the PDF doesn't show the link text.
>> Perhaps - at least I hope so - somebody knows a better an easier way of
>> working with links within a flowing text.
> What you need to do after placing the link frame, is to right-click on
> it, then select PDF Options > Annotation Properties. From the dialog
> that pops up, pick the option External Web Link, then enter the web
> address that you wish to link to. One advantage of this is that the text
> on the page can be something other than the actual link.
> It's rather fiddly, and it would be great if it were easier. In the
> past, Adobe Reader used to find text that looked like a web address and
> automatically make it a link, but that doesn't seem to happen anymore.
> The other issue is that not everyone may be using Adobe Reader. Chrome
> has its own PDF reader, and I haven't had a chance to see what it does
> with these situations.

This and more is covered in the online manual under Exporting to PDF >
Creating Document Links. Note that you should also be able to set up a
mailto: link with this method.


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