[Scribus] PDF importing and colour problems

Ville Aakko ville.aakko
Fri Nov 9 18:14:26 CET 2007

Hi Pierre,

2007/11/9, Pierre Marchand <capparis at free.fr>:
> Hi,
> It seems that you'll have to preprocess a bit the material before you can
> include it in your document. I don't know how high is the complexity of your
> input PDFs, but you can first extract pictures from them. In my opinion, with
> such a workflow, you'll fast hit issues in Scribus as, AFAIK, it does not
> expect PDF files to be a container for graphics contents but a final output.
> Thus, it does _not_ offer to import them, it provides a shortcut to place a
> rendered PDF. And in your case, I wouldn't rely on this shortcut.

Thanks for the fast reply!

Yes, I think your reply won't help much, though I understand what you mean =)

The PDF's I have ARE final output in the sence that all that needs to
be done is the layout. Usually even no scaling is needed (sometimes
their size information is wrong). Sometimes all that needs to be done,
is to import the PDF and align it's crop marks (so AFAIK there are
utilities that can concatenate PDF's, so that'll be a solution for
those, but no some other PDF's). As I said in my earlier thread (this
is the same work), they are mostly advertisements. I don't think that
the option of extracting the images is feasible; I would need to
extract the text, too, and I don't think I can also extract the
embedded font. And some of the PDF's are even more complex than just
(an) image(s) and formatted text. They contain what you'd expect from
an ad taking up a page or half of it.

By the way, what software would you use for extracting the images?

But, nevertheless, if there's (even a partial) a workaround for the
color problems I've encountered, any advice would be welcome! If
Scribus (or, actually ghostscript+Scribus) doesn't do the
CMYK->RGB->CMYK conversion I was afraid of, then I'd assume it
wouldn't be impossible to achieve what I'm trying to do.

> I know it won't help too much, but I'm very curious to see how you'll finally
> get it with Scribus ;-)

I'll let you know what'll happen!

 - Ville

Ville Aakko - ville.aakko at gmail.com

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