Fun With Layers!

PDFs allow you to group things into layers. And if you use the right PDF reader, you can turn layers on and off. And layers that are turned off don’t print.

This leads to some interesting possibilities. You could turn off stamp images to save on toner/ink. You could turn off catalog numbers. You could include layers for different catalog companies. So, you could have a layer for MICHEL, and another layer for Stanley Gibbons, and just turn on the catalog of your choice.

I’m experimenting with this, and I created a PDF that has a separate layer for stamp images and catalog numbers. You just turn those layers off and print the pages out.

The following applications currently support turning layers on and off:

Mac/Windows: Adobe Reader, FoxIT PDF Reader

Mac/Linux: FoxIT PDF Reader, Evince

There may be more apps that support them, but these are the only ones I tried.

If you want to tinker with a layered PDF, here is a sample PDF I made for one of my Ukraine pages:!AtiQqOMmDyztgd8O0OkceKo_NT0Fdg?e=eKPVcp


Scribus 1.6.1 Is Out!

The Scribus Development Team released Scribus 1.6.1. This is the first new. stable release in a LONG time ( the 1.5.x series were all development builds)

Best part for me is that Scribus 1.6.1 finally has an Apple Silicon build!

Custom Album Pages Online Resources Scribus

Make Your Own Pages with PostmaserGS’ Wonderful PMGS SAPG for Scribus

All you need is:

  1. Scribus
  2. LibreOffice
  3. PMGS SAPG for Scribus

This great program will let you hack together pages pretty quickly with minimal effort. I use is for most of my pages.

He has number of YouTube videos up showing you how to use his software to make your own pages.


Scribus 1.4.7 Was Released in April!

It seems Scribus 1.4.7 was released in April

Go get it here

This is going to be the last release in the 1.4.x series. All further development is going into the 1.5.x branch to get it ready for stable release as 1.6.

I can’t wait for 1.6 to come out.


Scribus 1.4.5 is out! Go get it!

Custom Album Pages Scribus

Doctor Who Stamp Pages Are Here!

So, we’re very big Doctor Who fans in my house.  When Royal Mail released Doctor Who stamps in March of last year, I immediately ordered a set and went about creating some stamp pages.

I was originally going to include Stanley Gibbons catalog numbers on my pages, but my communications went south and the whole thing got delayed because of it.

So I removed the catalog numbers and redid the pages, and here they are!

The pages are designed for Doctor Who fans as well as stamp collectors, so some pages are pretty heavy on the descriptions.

And here are the files:

US Letter PDF:  Doctor-Who

A4 PDF:  Doctor-Who-A4

Scribus Files you can edit yourself:  Scribus Files

And here is a screen shot of one of the pages:



Scribus 1.4.3 is out

Go get it!

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Community US Stamp Album Pages Scribus

How to make stamp pages for yourself that have catalog numbers, but remove them so you can give them to others.

So, I have recently begun work on an album of 21st Century US Stamps.  One of the things that’s insanely useful about properly laid out album pages, is the use of catalog numbers to you identify what you have and what you need.  You can design your own album pages and use catalog numbers, but distributing them to others can be a bit tricky.

From my personal experience, Scott will not give you a license to distribute their catalog numbers in album pages you make for others.  So what’s a guy to do?  USE STYLES!

Styles are a feature in Scribus that lets you set a certain font, size, color. spacing, justification, etc. and then apply those same settings to a text box.  You can then set the same style to multiple text boxes.  When you change the style, ALL the text boxes assigned to that style change also.

Here’s an example of a stamp with Scott catalog numbers on the bottom:

stamp block


And here is a part of a page with 3 different Scott numbers:



So, as you can see, you could not give this page to other people.  But, luckily I took the trouble to learn about Scribus style sheets and all the catalog numbers have the same style.

So, go to the menu up top and click on Edit and choose Styles:



You will then see a list of styles:



Choose the style for your Catalog numbers and click on Edit:



Click on the Character style tab.  Go down to Colors and click on the arrow.  Choose White off the list.  Click on Apply and then choose Done.

Once that’s done, close the Style window and you’ll see all the catalog numbers are gone:



Now all you need to do is make a PDF file for people.  Go to the File menu, choose Export and then choose PDF:



The PDF preflight checker will come up.  Just choose to Ignore errors:



The next dialog will prompt you to save the PDF file.



Click on Save and you’ll have a PDF without Catalog numbers!


PMGS Stamp Album Page Generator for Scribus

User PostmasterGS has taken his outstanding PMGS Stamp Album Page Generator and ported it to Scribus and OpenOffice!

I am so looking forward to trying this out!

See his post here!


Scribus 1.4.2 is out!

A new Windows 64 bit version is available.