[Scribus] best image format

avox avox
Wed Apr 4 18:03:44 CEST 2007

heathenx-2 wrote:
> During the conversion of my manual from InDesign to Scribus, I have
> noticed that InDesign handles 
> the placement of PDF images a little better than Scribus. Let me fill you
> in. I use Autodesk 
> Inventor to model our product, make a 2D print (3D isometric line art),
> and then save the 2D print 
> out as a PDF. This worked well in InDesign because the PDF's didn't seem
> to degrade, in other words 
> they kept their resolution when scaling up and down.
> After a page was finished in InDesign, I would export the page out as a
> PDF file. This printed very 
> well and looked very good in Adobe Reader. Scribus on the other hand
> prints pretty well but the 
> finished PDF of the page looks very bad and takes a long time to render
> all of the images in Adobe 
> Reader.
> Instead of PDF files as my images, should I be using something else, like
> eps or tiff? I am using 3D 
> isometric line art and I want the lines to be as crisp a possible when
> scaling the images up or down 
> in an image frame.

Currently, Scribus still converts PDFs in imageframes to bitmaps, which show
the described behaviour.
Tiff will not be any better, but you can import eps (and sometimes pdf) via
File->Import natively
into Scribus. Scribus will then create a group of vector objects.

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