# Scribus - Arabic [closed]

I struggling with a project. I'm trying to make a Calendar in Arabic in Scribus since I already did some in different language with this application.

Has anybody experience working with Scribus and it's Tex Render engine? I just get Render Error no mater what I do. I never used TexLive. It's the first time. So guide and help is more than welcome!!!

System: Gentoo Linux. TexLive: version 2010

Thank you for your replay, Khaled!

Inkscape is great. But I need to generate a multiple page document and Inkscape can't do that. Scribus is by far more better for that purpose.

I did some more tests and found some way to output Arab text in Scribus vía TeX Render. As it looks like, Scribus adds some Font/Header information automatically. If you define those Font/Header information again, things start no to work anymore. Could that be?

This what I did to get things to work.

\usepackage{arabtex}
\usepackage{utf8}


Code Introduction

\begin{arabtex}
\setcode{utf8}
\setarab
\RL{ سبت }
\end{arabtex}


Nothing more was needed. I don't know if that would be the correct or best thing to do. I never used LaTex or TexLive.

Hello Khaled

So there is no easy and strait forward way of going this directly in Scribus. BUMMER! I will take your recommendation and use Inkscape to get the scripting text done. Let's see how much work this will be. It's just incredible that almost all applications that deal with Graphics and Text on Linux can handle any scripting language but the Scribus developer consider these languages as a special feature. That's ridicules. It's a publication software and you publish in different languages all over the globe. They really took the easy way out.

I was thinking to use as alternative OpenOffice Draw to do the Calendar. This application can generate a multiple page PDF as well; however; this PDF would be useless for offset printing. Also the performance of this application is terrible. Just adding some Pictures and the program goes in it's knees performance wise.

Again Thanks! Carsten

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Posting the actual error can help, as well as the TeX input used. But if you just want Arabic, I'd suggest you do it in Inkdcape, export to PDF and insert that into Scribus. If your document is small enough, you can just do it all in Inkscape. – Khaled Hosny Jan 8 '11 at 5:14
Commenting on the new edit, arabtex will give you some Arabic, but the font is of very poor design and is going to upset almost any native speaker. You can get better results using XeTeX, but Scribus is not configured to use XeTeX and configuring it is not trivial. Again, you may set the Arabic passages in Inkscape, export to PDF and import that to Scribus and do the rest of your work there (this is basically what the render frame is doing with TeX). – Khaled Hosny Jan 12 '11 at 17:50
I've voted to close since I can't really see an actual question anymore. @Carsten: Please don't use your question for communication; it should be clear what the question is. – Hendrik Vogt Jan 12 '11 at 18:37

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