[Scribus] Character-by-character placement in PDF

Gregory Pittman gpittman
Thu Oct 20 20:10:11 CEST 2005

Craig Ringer wrote:

> Gregory Pittman wrote:
>> 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.
> I'm a bit confused, to be honest. Your message certainly reads to me 
> as if you're suggesting that they should just send the Scribus doc to 
> the printer instead of using PDF. I find it difficult to see any other 
> interpretation. That's not a bad thing, though I don't agree with the 
> suggestion. However, if that wasn't your intent, I'm a bit confused as 
> to what was. 

I'm so confused by your responses that I just don't know where to even 
start, so I guess that's the end of it.


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