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This is a early work in progress.

We will try to list here, projects which have been defined for Scribus.

We are defining a template (a structure) for the Project descriptions.

Ping Ale, if you want to know more about it.

(Requirement document?)

Here a reference on how to create a template for mediawiki:

  • create a priority tag...
17:06 < avox> prokoudine: get scripter2 working, reimplement StoryEditor as XML editor, improve UI (in 
              progress), new text engine (in progress), rework fonthandling to include lint from fontforge, 
              refactor ScPainter interface, new file format, more code documentation 
17:08 < avox> once the new text system is in place: tables (in progress), footnotes, index & TOC, database 
              connectivity, ...
17:11 < avox> also implement objects styles and generalize image effects to other object types

17:13 < avox> then there's community management, website improvement (in progress) and bug hunting

17:09 < avox> ScPainter is the interface which handles all rendering in Scribus. There's one implementation
for cairo and one for Qt4, and a few more on the windows platform. We need also
implementations for PS, PDF and SVG
17:10 < avox> I'm working on the PDF implementation, that could be a good template for PS and SVG
17:22 < prokoudine> that sounds a bit like reinventing Cairo to be, tbh
17:22 < prokoudine> to me
17:22 < prokoudine> which already has PS, PDf and SVG back-ends
17:22 < prokoudine> well, surfaces
17:22 < avox> for CMYK and tagged PDF?
17:23 < prokoudine> not that
17:23 < prokoudine> but IMO it's way better to fix Cairo
17:23 < prokoudine> that would help inkscape too

Dunno how this talk ended here, so just to clarify: the stuff I mentioned aren't good examples for GSoC projects --avox 19:37, 6 March 2011 (CET)

Core features



  • Indexes
  • Table of Contents
  • Vertical aligning in text frames
  • Improving drop caps
  • Transformer un guide en repère de plie
  • Non orthogonal guides
  • Option to apply the retrieved path to all "missing" pictures in the picture manager
  • Add character styles to the importer (ODT + tags + HTML)
  • Improve or make understandable / reliable the replace/overwrite/discard options when importing styles from ODT and HTML


  • Option to select by touching objects (instead of fully including them in the rectangular area: how is it called? #5657)
  • Work on the resolution / sensibility of mouse / tablet movements
  • New cursors (always arrow on top, tool/action below)
  • Guides look strange, with an irregular dotting pattern. They should be solid.
  • The lines (edges) around selected items look too thick. Couldn't they be a little thinner? on the other side frame border can't be seen when they touch a guide
  • Panning with space bar should work like in inkscape
  • It should be possible to select a guide without moving it (the mouse movement should be big enough to start moving the guide)
  • Selecting a guide on canvas should select it in the manager, too
  • "Automatic" resizing / centering the view

Palettes, Windows and Dialogs

  • Frame Properties Palette
  • Content Properties Palette
  • Text Properties Palette
  • Style Manager
  • Style Editor
  • Use tool settings for Default styles
  • Move the color picker to color editor and the color wheel
  • Rename Properties palette > Text > "First line offset" to "First / Last Line" and move there the forced justification by defining a threshold (the length of the last line of a paragraph, expressed as a percentage: Final lines exceeding the threshold were justified, the others not)
  • The two bottom toolbars should be reduced to one single one (not as easy as it seems: i've heard that some fields in one of the two toolbars are "badly" linked from several places in the code)
  • Optionally remove the images from the menus


  • Option to set ctrl+p to "print" or "export to PDF"
  • When loading an image in a non empty image frame, the current offset and scaling should be kept (test it with a high/low res version of the same picture)

File formats




i was planning to propose to my students to work on some of our projects. So
the question is :

- what is really on the way or not ?
- what can be done in python (they have some really basic knowledge in C,
and i guess nothing can be done in our timeframe unless in python)
- any other simple idea to implement ? i rather make them work on several
little projects than on a huge (it can be on the PP or any window redesign

I'm actually not sure but it might happen from March to mid-april.
Actually, i don't know their programming level because i was not their
teacher for that, but as they did more than 120 hours actually, they must
have enough knowledge to do some things.