[scribus] Laidout

John Jason Jordan johnxj at gmx.com
Fri Jun 2 18:27:05 UTC 2017

On Fri, 2 Jun 2017 18:45:15 +0200
ale rimoldi <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch> dijo:

>> 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! : - )

Last night Tom said that he was very impressed with the new text engine
in Scribus, based on HarfBuzz, and that he was going to do the same
thing in Laidout. When complete it should do RTL languages, including
languages with special text problems, e.g., Arabic.

He also demonstrated text on a path, but apologized in advance because
it is not working correctly yet. He started by creating a path with
variable widths (something that few programs can do), then added bezier
curves to it, and finally added the text. Then he grabbed the text and
moved it continuously up and down, on top of the path, on the bottom,
and at any point inside the path. As with everything in Laidout, it is
all done with the mouse - no properties palette needed.

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