[scribus] Combining Scribus Files

ZASKE Martin zm at revue-gugu.org
Sat May 9 23:10:47 UTC 2020

Hi Tom,

I read a lot on this list about Scribus having potential trouble with
bigger projects. We never had any size related trouble, so I propose to
just give it a try. We did a book once with well over a hundred pages
and huge bitmaps on each page and Scribus did not even slow down
noticeably. I run 16 GB RAM on a humble Windows 10 notebook from 2015
and Scribus never crashes in those 1.4x and 1.5x versions. The worse you
will see is slowing down, from what I hear.

I am missing a few e-mails from this list, so sorry if you get this
answer several times:

First open the hosting project in Scribus, which shall collect all the
separate chapters. For example  entire_book.sla

Now have a look at the Menu > Page > Import... > Select...-Button > now
pick any Scribus project "chapter1.sla" (the source, not a PDF export)
and you can now chose to import all pages with "*" or just any page
number(s) you want to select.

This will create new pages in your open project entire_book.sla and will
import as you specified at the front or end or any other location. Quite
simple really, once you know where to find it.

I have never tried what happens, if you do not tick "Create Pages", I
suppose it might overwrite existing pages, so maybe do some tests before
you crunch huge files.

Just agree with your entire team to either use all Scribus versions from
the 1.4x range or 1.5x and rather not mix them.

Please let us know how it is going, greetings, and welcome to Scribus,


On 09.05.2020 17:34, Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 5/9/20 11:17 AM, Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
>> Hello;
>> I am new to Scribus and learning on the job.
>> I am very impressed by the package so far.
>> Sorry if this is a dumb question; but I would very much appreciate some advice.
>> A group of us are writing a book.
>> I am putting it into Scribus to be ready for printing.
>> The book will have a lot of pictures – sourced as .jpg files.
>> Is it possible to combine Scribus files to build up the resulting final big file?
>> I would like to be able to create a Scribus file for each chapter and then combine them as they are finished.
>> That way the working files and the .pdf outputs are smaller and more manageable for sharing.
>> Each of the files will have the same page structures as they are designed to be a component of the one document at the end.
> Hi Tom,
> Depending on its size, it may be impractical to combine all of these within Scribus due to the size.
> What can work better is to make PDFs then use some other tool to merge the PDFs.
> Greg
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