Working with very large text files

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Working with very large text files

Postby moeden » Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:50 am

Hi all, I'm trying to reproduce a Litograph (like this on a poster It's easy to get the text from books which are beyond the copyright date, but I've found that Inkscape struggles when I paste in large text files. My question is - is there a better way of working with large text files in Inkscape than just copying and pasting (such as some kind of imported svg)?

Many thanks for support :)

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Re: Working with very large text files

Postby hulf2012 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:20 am


It's not clear to me if you are attaching scaned images of TEXT from a book, or you are just copy-pasting from a text procesor. In the first case, if the images are of high resolution there may be problems related with the use of the working memoy of your PC. I mean, more RAM, the easier Inkscape can manage the images.
If are just importing text... there shouldn't be much problem.
It's not necesary, i think, to impor text. You can use the Lorem Ipsum extension: ... LoremIpsum
Based in the link you provided, what are you going to do is cliping the text. For text, there are many ways to do this thing:
- Clipping and Masking:
- Text in a shape: ... -Flow.html
- Pattern: ... s-Patterns
There are video tutorials made for heathenx about patterns
-Maybe there are others
If you have problems:
1.- Post a sample (or samples) of your file please.
2.- Please check here:
3.- If you manage to solve your problem, please post here your solution.

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Re: Working with very large text files

Postby Lazur » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:36 am

Hi there!


Tough one.
Texts can slow down the program very much.
(I mean large text objects, as it seems to me it has nothing to do how you create it. As long as it is a text object, it has many more information than just being a group of paths.)
Once you make a text object and paste the part of the book into it, convert it to a path (Ctrl+C), which will make it faster, however you would have to kern the letters manually.
Try the flowed text option, may it not freeze until that converting.

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Re: Working with very large text files

Postby tylerdurden » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:46 pm

Scribus seems to flow text nicely around artwork generated in Inkscape.

ScribusTextFlowScreenshot.png (174.58 KiB) Viewed 1970 times
Have a nice day.

I'm using Inkscape 0.92.2 (5c3e80d, 2017-08-06), 64 bit win8.1

The Inkscape manual has lots of helpful info!

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Re: Working with very large text files

Postby moeden » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:03 pm

Thanks to you all for your suggestions! I'm familiar with Scribus so I'm not sure why that didn't occur to me - I just love using Inkscape I guess ;)

I'll have a go with Scribus and post with my experiences,

Thanks again

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