[scribus] Scribus Generator: turn your data in beautiful documents
zm at revue-gugu.org
Thu Apr 6 12:42:17 UTC 2017
We are using this script (an earlier version) for several years now to
mail newsletters to "people in a database". There are issues, but we
need those feature and do not regret the time spent to tame this power-tool.
We know that we have all sorts of punctuation in our database like "Dear
Aunt, dear Uncle!"; so I hacked the script and it lets us pick our own
deliminator (Data Field Separator). (We are using "#".)
I believe this feature has made it long since into the main script - and
it can make all the difference on whether your data agrees with the
script - or whether you need to pre-process a lot.
Please give this a try, it is an awesome tool which has helped to move
many of our documents over from Corel Draw to Scribus.
I would encourage the Scribus team and the Scribus Generator team to be
friends (or stay friends if you are). There are certain things like
pop-up-windows upon each PDF-export which would best be fixed from the
Scribus end and which would boost performance and stability of the
script. I believe this script is a must-have for Scribus and should be
endorsed and encouraged by the developers in any way possible. We
appreciate it a lot.
On 27.03.2017 15:16, ale rimoldi wrote:
>> I have used CSV files with Scribus in the past, and never bothered with
>> LibreOffice or any spreadsheet program, since the whole point of CSV to
>> me is that they're just comma separated values. I just used a text
>> editor with lines of text separated by commas, and never had issues.
> yes, for your own entries typing CSV by hand might be a comfortable
> the format is pretty simple.
> but if you want to read "random" content generated by your users (like
> journalists writing articles) you'd better use a tool that generates
> valid CSV and read it with a CSV library.
> you never know where a "," a """, or even a "\" might be hiding...
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