[scribus] for assistance

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Tue Nov 10 14:58:05 UTC 2015

On 11/10/2015 09:31 AM, Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 11/10/2015 08:54 AM, LORN MACINTYRE wrote:
>> I requiire assistance with my Scribus programmes, based on the following questions:
>> I set a work of fiction in Scribus 1.3.3., then exported it as a PDF.  I want to go back to the original Word document which I imported into Scribus in the first instance, but find that I cannot do this via the PDF. Can I therefore access a programme which will allow me to unlock the PDF files and make the corrections that way?
>> Secondly, can I import files from Scribus 1.3.3. into the improved Scribus 1.4.4?
>> Greetings from St Andrews, Scotland
>> Dr Lorn Macintyre
> I think your best option is to use 1.4.5, the current stable, to edit
> the Scribus document. You can always open files from earlier versions.
> In 1.5.0 and onward, there is an ability to import PDFs into Scribus,
> but this isn't so useful for text, since the PDF pages are imported
> vector graphics, not the original elements that made up the Scribus file.

It's probably worth some explanatory notes about importing PDFs. This
might come about in a situation where you have lost or don't have access
to the original Scribus file.

Again, using 1.5.0 or later, import a PDF page using File > Import > Get
Vector File ...
In this initial imported state, you will want to place the grouped
vector graphics carefully to match the original. Next, ungroup the
imported item (Item > Grouping > Ungroup).
Now if you click outside the ungrouped collection of elements, you can
click back to individual parts. What you will see with text frames is
that the characters are now individual graphics elements. At this point,
to edit these, you need to create a new text frame, then delete the
vectorized glyphs so that you can bring in text to the new frame and
edit as needed.

Aside from the work this entails, what I am seeing as I experiment is
that this PDF import sometimes causes Scribus to crash, so it remains a
rather problematic method.


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