[Scribus] Question about output formats

Bruce Kingsland wizard
Sun Aug 6 03:06:21 CEST 2006

Plinnell's Log: StarDate 0805.1229:
> The issues as they concern you:
> Pagemaker is no longer in development. There will be no new versions 
> and only patches where bugs are found. It is a very old program and 
> it has its quirks. 

Very interesting ... some folks just don't do due diligence.

> Today PDF is *the* format for sending files to commercial printers. In 
> fact some printers will only accept PDF. Any printer that tells you 
> to use a specific layout application is to be avoided. Modern PDF 
> print workflows do not care what the creating application is - just 
> that it conforms to the specs. Scribus PDF's are *very* conformant as 
> we adhere to the published specs only. We use multiple specialist PDF 
> testing tools to verify this.

Thanx. I don't know what the printer might tell me; I was speculating
worst case so that I could be prepared to collect useful info. Your
reply is very good news!

> http://docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=pdfx3
> http://docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=print3
> http://docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=prepress
> This whole section is about preparing and exporting PDF for reliable 
> commercial printing. Until you have some knowhow of color management 
> and a printer that specifically says it can handle PDF/X-3, use 
> normal PDF 1.3/1.4.

Again - Thanx!

> Lastly, the choice to use Scribus on Windows is yours. While 1.3.3.x 
> is pretty stable - it is a development version. So, it does have some 
> missing/incomplete features. There are people using Scribus in the 
> same situation as you reliably and comfortably.

Not me ... I'll be using it on Suse 10.1 for now, and soon on GenToo.
And the note about the brokeness of Pagemaker explains some of the
issues the current newsletter person has described (which is why they
spent alot of $$ on new hardware and the latest Win/PM upgrades;
thinking that throwing $$ at the problem would make it better!).

Bruce Kingsland                                       wizard at renigaid.biz
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