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[Text on Path] The text on the curve is pretty easy. Write the text in a text frame. Draw a curve using the 'Insert lines' tool. Use the tool that has a pencil with a line shaped like an 'S' around it. To draw the curve, just click once at the starting point of the curve, and drag briefly to the top-right. Then release the button, click at the end position of the curve, and drag briefly to the bottom-left. Once you are satisfied with the curve shape, just right-click the mouse and your curve is done. Select both the text frame and the curve, and select Item>Attach Text to Path. The text will follow the curve. You can play with alignment and other settings in the Properties palette. Rotate the whole curve slightly for a better fit.

Publishing Demands Freedom. PDF.

[PDF-authoring] The screenshot shows the GnuLinux version of Acrobat Reader. Yes, a free version is available from the Adobe site for GnuLinux as well. The document you see inside it, is a scoreboard created from Scribus, the free desktop publishing software. The background is an SVG graphic with a tint, and the fields, check boxes, and even the 'Click to Submit' button has been authored inside Scribus. Yes, the PDF elements contain Javascript embedded from within Scribus.

You guessed it. Scribus is a mature PDF-authoring software. Use it to create PDF forms, PDF documents, and you can even digitally sign your PDF documents with Scribus.

Look carefully. The headline bands are semi-transparant. The flame shows through. Scribus supports PDF 1.4 transparancy too. For your convenience, this is a separate file: FyugScoreCard.sla. Also check out its PDF version.

GET STARTED WITH SCRIBUS • By Niyam Bhushan for Sarai.net • Apr 2004 • 20

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