[Scribus] scribus and pdf export

Peter Linnell scribusdocs
Mon May 3 14:21:45 CEST 2004

On Mon, 2004-05-03 at 08:14, Franky wrote:
> Craig Bradney wrote:
> > On Mon, 2004-05-03 at 13:08, Franky wrote:
> > 
> >>Hi all,
> >>
> >>I've come across some pdf issues with scribus (and no, it's not xpdf or 
> >>acrobat that has the problem):
> >>
> >>- when exporting a doc to pdf with png images in it that have 
> >>transparant background, the background get's set to black on the pdf 
> >>file. The print-to-file generated postscript file shows this correctly.
> > 
> > 
> > Make sure you have the 1.4 transparency feature turned on in Display and
> > exporting with the Acro 5.0 (PDF 1.4) setting. I use PNGs with
> > transparencies a lot and find no issues.
> > 
> that's a weird place to put a pdf setting ... But anyway, I tried it and 
> it made no difference whatsoever: xpdf always shows a black background. 
> Acrobat reader then always shows it correctly (with or without this 
> setting).
> for the other stuff: I'll try to install a cvs version ...
> Franky
> ______________________________________________________________________
Snipping from the unpublished 1.2 docs:

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.

Note above I mentioned Xpdf 3.00+, as it has a new rendering engine
which is capable of Displaying the latest 1.5 PDF. Version 2.0x,
sometimes has difficulties with certain kinds of images.


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