[Scribus] PDF 'Export for web' option

Craig Bradney cbradney
Wed Nov 16 21:59:14 CET 2005

On Wednesday 16 November 2005 19:33, Craig Ringer wrote:
> Arun Swarup wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >I find that the PDFs created by Scribus are excellent, but bigger than
> >those produced by most other s/w ...  for e.g. it creates a 200KB file
> >instead of a 20KB file
> >
> >Maybe it's because i tend to use *too many* fonts & Scribus embeds
> >them all without subsetting (.... and when I try to subset them, it
> >converts text to outlines)
> >
> >I use Scribus 1.3.1 & Ghoscript 7
> >
> >However, if I do a re-conversion (of the PDF) into PDF, with the font
> >subsetting option set, it comes out just fine.
> >
> >Can we have an 'Export for web' option?
> Not yet. I think there are plans to improve some aspects of the PDF
> export, such as producing true font subsets and improving the image
> resampling. I say "I think" because both tasks are rather beyond me at
> present, and I'm not willing to put words into others' mouths.
> If you really want to crunch a PDF down, it's still hard to go past
> Acrobat Professional as a PDF post-processing tool. It'd be nice if
> Scribus could produce smaller PDFs from the word go, but size is a
> lesser concern than print reliability and quality at present. Tools
> (such as Acrobat Pro) that take a big PDF and crush it down are
> available, whereas tools to fix problems caused by trying to skimp on
> size are rare or entirely absent.
> In terms of free tools, perhaps multivalent has some PDF optimisation
> support - I haven't looked into it.

Theres two things that need changing that will reduce PDF size:
1) proper font subsetting
2) outputting streams of characters when their attributes do not change rather 
than per character, this also fixes selection etc. Changing to this method 
will not reduce quality.

However, right now, we have more important things to do, ie, what we have now 
in a lot of cases compares well to other apps, and most importantly the 
quality is there. I'm happy with a 28 page full colour 300dpi+ a4 magazine of 
mine taking 12mb, but there is no doubt it could be a little smaller.

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