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Scribus PDFs suck!

Postby canci » 2007-01-10 16:33

No really, I did a paper for university on my Sarge machine. I know, my
system is pretty outdated and the old version of Scribus is not really
desirable. Anyhow, I exported my 13-page paper to PDF and the result
was gross: the fonts did not exactly look like they should, although I set
everything to high and used no compression. Some of my footnotes and
pagination from the bottom was gone :(
However, when I exported every individual page to PNG, it looked good.
What is this? How can I work around it? And, if it's Scribus' fault, what
other DTP tool can you recommend?
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Postby hcgtv » 2007-01-10 16:38

I'm not familiar with DTP apps on Linux but OpenOffice does a good job with PDF's, you might want to give it a try?
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Postby canci » 2007-01-10 16:45

hcgtv wrote:I'm not familiar with DTP apps on Linux but OpenOffice does a good job with PDF's, you might want to give it a try?

My Ooo is broken for some reason, but it's veeeeeeery old (v1.1.x)
I might however get the backported version 2. TNX

However, I am more looking for sth like Adobe Illustrator, which Scribus
actually is to some very minor extent.
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Postby ajdlinux » 2007-01-10 23:04

You mean an app like Inkscape or Karbon?
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Postby canci » 2007-01-11 09:59

Inkscape lacks some DTP features (adding pages, etc., CMYK, PDF export)
And yeah, I should try out Karbon...
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Postby ajdlinux » 2007-01-12 05:25

Don't bother then - Karbon doesn't have any of those features either.
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Postby canci » 2007-01-12 13:01

TNX for the warning ;) Maybe some wine will help...
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Postby polemicz » 2007-01-12 16:02

If the PNG looks ok why not print to file (ps) and convert ps to pdf?
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Postby thamarok » 2007-01-12 19:56

This might be interesting:
http://png2pdf.sourceforge.net/
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Postby plugwash » 2007-01-12 19:57

er no, once you've converted something into a png you've already thrown away most of the information needed to make a good pdf.
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Postby thamarok » 2007-01-12 19:59

plugwash wrote:er no, once you've converted something into a png you've already thrown away most of the information needed to make a good pdf.


Do you mean page headers?
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Postby plugwash » 2007-01-12 20:19

once you have converted to png you have thrown away almost everything about the original document and turned it into a bitmap.

that means:
your pdf will look horrible when zoomed in
your pdf will most likely have a massive filesize
it will not be possible to select and copy text from your pdf

and probablly other problems i haven't thought of too.
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Postby thamarok » 2007-01-13 07:39

Oh yeah, you're right. The best choice would be to try OpenOffice.org 2.0.x
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