[Scribus] exporting to PDF

Peter Linnell scribusdocs
Fri Apr 30 21:35:20 CEST 2004

On Fri, 2004-04-30 at 14:19, Shawn wrote:
> I'm having problems exporting to PDF. I do it, and
> only some of the images, graphics, and text boxes come
> through. Some of the pages are blank. I just upgraded
> to the 1.16. Am I doing something wrong?
> thanks. . .shawn

Snipping from an un-published update of the 1.2 docs:

Your best viewing / printing results will be with the newest version of
Acrobat Reader 5.0.8 for Linux and version 6.0+ on other platforms,
where it is available. Testing has shown the Linux version is missing
some functionality in the JavaScript capabilities of Version 4.05 and
5.0.8 on Linux. Some of these bugs are not present in Acrobat Reader
5.0.5+ on the Mac or Win32.

One of the challenges with PDF and EPS viewers on Linux, is that Scribus
creates high end PS level 3 and PDF 1.4, with capabilities beyond most
of the open source viewers. Some of these features are only supported in
commercial pre-press or DTP tools. Two plus years of working with
Scribus has led me to the current conclusion that the following three
viewers are the most reliable at displaying PS/EPS/PDF created by

      * Acrobat Reader 5.0.8+ for Linux - The best and sometimes the
        only choice for PDF viewing. Detailed notes and hints: Hidden
        Features of Acro Reader.
      * GSview 4.6+ - with the latest version of Ghostscript available.
        This combination is your best choice for viewing EPS files, PS
        files and most PDFs. In addition, GSview has many other very
        useful capabilities with add-ons like pstoedit and epstool. For
        more detailed notes and hints: GSview and Scribus. I consider it
        an essential tool for DTP on Linux.
      * Xpdf 3.00+ - This updated PDF viewer has a new rendering engine
        and is capable of viewing PDF 1.5 files.


If any other PDF or EPS viewer you choose cannot display PDFs from
Scribus, but they do view properly in Acrobat Reader, file a bug with
the upstream author. In virtually all cases I have tested, it is a
limitation of the viewing application. Scribus PDFs are tested daily
with specialist pre-press software to validate their adherence to the
published PDF specifications.

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