[Scribus] Problems with Scribus-Generated .pdf files/Text extracted from Scribus Pdf Documents

Craig Bradney cbradney
Wed Dec 15 09:47:14 CET 2004

Hi Walt,

> in an effort to use scribus to print color flyers we came about
> two problems with Scribus-generated .pdf files:
> firstly, when the pdf-file is inspected with Acrobat-Reader
> Professional (Version 6.02 Windows), Acrobat seems to be unable to
> display the fontnames for text in the pdf-file (which it shows when
> pdf-files generated with other programs are inspected).

This sounds like you used subsetting, which in Scribus, at this point also 
converts to outlines. Otherwise, there will be font names in the PDFs. 
However, read below...

> secondly, when you try to select text from a .pdf file, the text is
> utterly garbled and words are split randomly. I surmise that tiny
> spaces may be used for microspacing/kerning within words, which at the
> same time makes the text select tool pretty much useless in
> conjunction with Scribus-generated  pdf's.

If the text is utterly garbled to view, then you have not embedded the fonts 
at all. When exporting, please go to the fonts tab and click Embed All Fonts.

If the text has been converted to outlines due to subsetting, then you may 
indeed have selection issues.

> Any thought on why this is so, and whether there are plans to fix this
> would be appreciated.

As above.

> Scribus is great, however when you have to hand files to other
> printing people that happen to use Acrobat to inspect incoming files,
> especially the first problem leads to a cascade of requests and hence
> problems.
> If somebody is willing/able to tackle this, I'd be happy to test.

We test Scribus PDFs with Acrobat Pro and some other tools like Enfocus 
Pitstop to guarantee Scribus PDFs are 100% compliant. If you find any issues 
and can give us a Pitstop report (for example), or even just a link to a 
sample PDF that we can download, we will test it and make sure its 100% PDF 

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