[Scribus] Character-by-character placement in PDF
Thu Oct 20 05:21:59 CEST 2005
Craig Ringer wrote:
> Gregory Pittman wrote:
>> Let me offer this observation. If there is a more or less absolute
>> need for efficiency of this type, consider that all of the pertinent
>> text information is really contained in the Scribus .sla file. This
>> file can be transmitted with a lot less overhead, especially if
>> you're just talking about text. There are only two requirements on
>> the receiving end -- a working copy of Scribus compatible with the
>> Scribus file type (1.2.x vs 1.3.x), and the correct fonts (though
>> subs can be done in a pinch).
> Honestly, I don't think that's realistic. PDF is a widely used and
> supported standard, and increasingly it's all that printers want to
> accept. The printers I deal with don't accept QuarkXPress or InDesign
> documents anymore (good on 'em); the chances of a printer taking
> Scribus docs are near zero.
I was trying to get a sense of where the question was coming from, and
not suggesting an alternative to PDF. I don't think Phil was suggesting
modifying the PDF format, or suggesting that printers would accept
anything else, and it's pretty clear why Scribus makes PDFs.
But, a small example of what I was referring to: I just converted a 23K
all-text single page .sla file into a 780K PDF. For transmission and
information purposes, the two files would be identical for someone who
has Scribus. I do quite a bit with LaTeX, but for archiving purposes I
just keep the .tex file; it has everything I need for that purpose.
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