[scribus] Laidout

Tom Lechner tomscoding at gmail.com
Fri Jun 2 17:28:41 UTC 2017

Ale's right about text tools!

As a cartoonist, I draw all my own text, so text tools have been a 
pretty low priority for me, but I am working on them. I grudgingly 
accept that text tools are useful things to have!

Currently, there's a kind of caption in a box text tool, and a very 
buggy text on path (including glyph size based on variable width of the 
path), though I couldn't honestly say the text tools are quite stable 
yet! I'm still trying to figure out the best way to work with the 
combination of harfbuzz-freetype-cairo.

I do tend to prefer working on tools and approaches that are perhaps a 
bit idiosyncratic, and yes, any coders and testers welcome! Laidout is a 
free time project of mine, but I at least try to address bugs and 
feature requests people tell me about, having more hands around would 
certainly speed development!

In terms of Scribus, I do have an import/exporter for sla files callable 
from within Scribus, that can perform imposition (such as into 
booklets), and return a new sla, mostly preserving the original text and 
styles (linux only at the moment). I need to test against current 
Scribus files, though:


On 06/02/2017 09:45 AM, ale rimoldi wrote:
> hi fahad
>> Does it support RTL languages?
> last time i've had a look at laidout, it did not support languages...
> but the latest news on the laidout website says that tom is debugging
> the text tool... so, it might be usable now! : - )
> but you know, it's laidout!
> before going for the serious long term goals:
> "The loooong term goal for adequacy is TeX like line breaking in
> arbitrarily shaped areas, capable of right to left, left to right and
> vertical text, as well as OpenType features."
> http://www.laidout.org/screenshots/img-text-tool-start-0.095.1.html
> it had to support multi color fonts!
> http://www.laidout.org/screenshots/img-colorfonts-0.095.1-m.html
> if you want to contribute to laidout's code i'm pretty sure that tom
> will be delighted to welcome you!
> on the other side you will be part of one of the coolest and most
> amazing programs you have ever seen! :-)
> ciao
> a.l.e

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