[scribus] Problems with depicting images in 'collected for output' documents

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Thu Mar 24 15:26:58 UTC 2016

On 03/24/2016 09:48 AM, Hans Woltjes wrote:
> Gregory Pittman <gpittman at ...> writes:
>> On 03/24/2016 06:44 AM, Hans Woltjes wrote:
>>> Hello Scribus users, 
>>> The last few days I have trouble with the 'collect for output' function in
>>> Scribus.
>>> I work on an Apple with OSX 10.9.5 and Scribus 1.4.6 but I have also tried
>>> it with a Windows 8 computer and the same problem occurs.
>>> What is the issue: `when I click 'collect for output" everything seems to
>>> work allright and all the images used in the document are collected into the
>>> designated folder. However if a third person opens the .sla file out of that
>>> folder all the imageframes are left blank. Not even signaling in the red
>>> cross the name of the file that ought to be in there?
>>> Do any off you have similar troubles as of lately. And more important can
>>> anyone solve this problem for me.
>> The first thing I would wonder is how it is that a third person is
>> opening the file? Do they have permissions set to be able to get to the
>> images?
>> Also, it's important not to move the SLA file, since all references to
>> content are relative to the location where the SLA file is.
>> Greg
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> The third person in this case is a colleague who needs to continue to work
> with this file in Scribus, change parts of the text put other pictures in
> etc. I send these to them as a kind of template document. Mostly the images
> stay the same therefore them being depicted is quite crusial.
> About not moving the .sla file I'm quite aware you must not take it out of
> the original collect folder, for then the path chnges and images can't be
> found. The whole purpose of collecting for output is enabling a third party
> to work with your document. This way you can send the original document to
> the printers for instance. Sending a PDF to my colleagues is not a remedy in
> this case. For they cant alter that.

If you can, take a look at the SLA file (the collected one) with a text
editor and see how the image files are denoted. You're looking for
<PAGEOBJECT... sections, and inside this should be a variable named
PFILE, and see how the file is named and whether it makes sense that it
would not be found.

Your co-worker could then do the same and see if the filename makes
sense for him too.

There should be some rational explanation for this, even if it turns out
to be some sort of bug.


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