Embedding other external tools into a TeX frame
Since version 1.3.5, Scribus knows the frame type "TeX". Frames of this type are normally used to integrate a LateX document into Scribus. But with this function, it is possible to integrate the output of any external program into Scribus. Some prerequisites are necessary:
- The external program should be a commandline program. It has to take an input file as argument and produces an output file.
- The output has to be in a format, which is readable by a Scribus image frame. For example, PDF, SVG, JPG, and a lot of other bitmap formats are possible.
To configure Scribus to use an arbitrary external program as input for the TeX frames, open "File / Preferences" and edit the settings for "External Tools". Here, you find the entry "LateX":
- Delete the text in "Preamble" and "End".
- Change the command in "Name of Executable" to your needs. Here, you can use the variables "%file" which stands for the input and "%file.pdf" which represents the output file. If your file is not in PDF format and you specify in "Output file extension" an other extension, then use use that extension instead of PDF in the output variable. For example, a PNG file format is refered as "%file.png".
For example, if you want to integrate XSL FO, rendered with the Apache FOP, you have to change the executable to:
fop -fo %file -pdf %file.pdf
This implies that the command "fop" is available in your actual path. Here is a screenshot of the preferences settings:
To be continued ....