[Scribus] (no subject)

Craig Ringer craig
Wed Jan 26 05:23:35 CET 2005

On Wed, 2005-01-26 at 11:55 +1030, David Purton wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 25, 2005 at 09:16:48PM +0800, Craig Ringer wrote:
> > On Mon, 2005-01-24 at 23:39 +0100, Plinnell wrote:
> > 
> > > EPS of tables from OO.org works OK. They will be rasterized on import.
> > 
> > However, if you wish to avoid them being rasterised in the final PDF
> > output, you can "print to file" in Scribus, creating a PostScript file,
> > then use GhostScript or Acrobat Distiller to make the PDF.
> > 
> > The downside of this is you lose most of Scribus's PDF exporting smarts.
> > Still, for some uses it may be a valid approach, and it's been useful to
> > me in the past.
> > 
> I've noticed Scribus does this. Would it be feasible to use gs to convert
> the ps to pdf and include that somehow when outputing directly to pdf?

Maybe in future, but right now Scribus rasterises PDF on export to PDF
too, so it wouldn't do much good.

Currently, I actually convert PDF to EPS with Acrobat Pro when I want to
use PDFs embedded in Scribus. I then print to file and distill the
result with ps2pdf or Distiller 6.

Support for embedding PDF and EPS in PDF output w/o rasterisation would
be extremely cool (and is IMO important in the long term) but I have
some idea just how hard it is.

> I've read that it is possible to use pdf in an encapsulated sort of way,
> but I've not found much specific documentation on this.

I'm pretty sure it can be done - IIRC Acrobat Pro can do this, and there
are a few other tools out there - but I don't know what the deal is in
terms of complexity and if there are any tricky special cases, etc. I
think Franz looked into it a while ago, though that's second hand from
vague memory ... I don't know what the eventual result was.

Craig Ringer

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