[Scribus] Workaround for Adobes joboptions?

Tino Schwarze scribus.lists
Sun Jan 14 14:57:31 CET 2007

Hi Moritz,

On Sun, Jan 14, 2007 at 02:14:59PM +0100, Moritz Dorka wrote:

> my printing office requires me to send them PDFs generated by Acrobat using a 
> specific joboptions file.

It usually boils down to
- PDF version
- minimum image resolution
- fonts embedded or converted to outlines
- CMYK (Scribus: Export-Target Printer)
- ... did I forget something?

> Since my project is very limited in terms of the overall costs, Im trying to 
> avoid buying Acrobat...

> I know Scribus doesnt support these joboption files. (see: 
> http://nashi.altmuehlnet.de/pipermail/scribus/2006-April/017458.html or 
> http://docs.scribus.net/devel/classPDFOptionsIO.html) But is there at least a 
> way to closely recreate the output of Acrobat using Scribus's PDF-Export?

> The joboptions file is only plain text, so if there would be a documentation 
> for Adobes implementation around, one could at least try.

Just post the file, then we may look at it; maybe create a doc for the

> Or do you have any other suggestions on how to both minimize the trouble with 
> the printing office and to avoid wasting money on Acrobat?

Depends on what you are trying... Common hints:

- try to have images at the desired resolution (often 300 dpi, no less)
- convert fonts to outlines since there are often problems with embedded
  fonts (even though the PDFs are correct, some software has problems)
  -> easy in Scribus, just look at the PDF export dialog
- use "Printer" as output target
- enable Color Management!!1! or your "Printer" output will be useless;
  ask your print office for their profile
- don't use transparency ;)
- export as PDF 1.3




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