[scribus] Master Pages

Louis Desjardins louis_desjardins at mardigrafe.com
Wed Jul 30 14:01:20 CEST 2008

Terry Green a écrit :
> Hi, I am an Indesign User but have switched over to Ubuntu and have 
> started using Scribus, how do I edit the Text Frames and Image frames on 
> each page that I have created on the Master Page,

Hi Terry,

In Scribus, the elements on a Master Page are not editable outside the 
Edit Master Page mode. This means that you won’t be able to put an empty 
text or image frame on the Master Page and further import content in 
those frames. They will appear empty and uneditable on the created 
pages. However, you can put content in those frames when in the Edit 
Master Page mode and this content will be present in each page where you 
apply this Master Page.

Think of the Master Page as the underlying layer of your pages, that 
holds the unmovable *content* of your layout.

This doesn’t mean you can’t achieve what you want to do with Scribus. 
More below.

> I keep a record of 
> members of a group and print a directory of the members which has a 
> photo of each member plus all their details and other information. To 
> keep it all consistent in Indesign I create the Text boxes etc on the 
> master page then just make a new page from that and then place the photo 
> and detail etc into the boxes and frames based on the Master Page, but I 
> dont seem to be able to do this in Scribus is this possible,

The good news is this is possible in Scribus! Create a new page in your 
document (not a Master Page) and place your empty text and image frames 
where you need them. Once you are done, go to Page > Copy and create as 
many identical pages as you want. Then add your content.

At this point, the Page > Copy will have the same result as if those 
frames were created as ID or QXP Master Pages. But... (again, more below).

> that way if 
> I have to re-arrange any of the elements on the page I just do so on the 
> master page and all pages (over 60 ) are then re-arranged the same.

This is not yet possible in Scribus.

The following advice won’t solve all cases, but I would suggest you make 
a couple of tests with actual text and pictures, and that you print 
those test or at least make PDFs out of them in order to make all 
decisions on your layout prior to start importing data into it. More 
thinking and testing upstream will save you time downstream.

> Thanks for any help on this

You are welcome!


p.s. Either through the Master Page concept or through the Style Sheet 
concept (or both), there are plans to make that possible in the future. 
How it will be implemented and when is still in discussion. We do 
welcome any comment, idea or suggestion about this feature.

> Terry

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