[scribus] exporting EPS images to PDF as vectors

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Mon May 19 00:28:54 CEST 2008

Jiri Bohac wrote:
> Hi,
> I need to create a PDF A0 poster, containing (among other things)
> AutoCad drawings.
> I thought the best way to go would be to create an EPS from AutoCad,
> and insert that into Scribus. But if I understand correctly, Scribus
> will rasterize the EPS when exporting to PDF. Rasterizing crisp vector
> graphics is something I want to avoid.
> I found two other ways to get my EPS into the PDF without rasterizing,
> but they both seem awkward:
> - I can File->Import the EPS instead of inserting it as an image.  This
>   imports all of the multiple-thousand AutoCad objects into Scribus.
>   This just does not seem to be the right thing to do, as it will make
>   Scribus always work with all the objects individually, re-drawing them
>   all the time, no fast-preview, huge file size...
> - I can print my Scribus document to a Postscript file and use ps2pdf (a
>   wrapper using gs and its pdfwrite DEVICE) to create the PDF. I
>   actually tried that and the AutoCad objects are beautifully crisp, all
>   vector. However, the Scribus PDF export filter has a good reputation
>   and I don't really want to miss all the nice features (selecting which
>   fonts to embed, etc...).
> What can you recommend? Is there something I am missing that can force
> Scribus to export the EPS graphics as vectors into the PDF?  If not,
> why? Does it make sense, only just noone had the time to implement it, or
> is there some fundamental problem I am not seeing?
> Which of my two workarounds can you recommend? Should I be expecting any
> obvious problems with any of them?
The first thing I would suggest is not to do a workaround, just create 
your A0 document, then examine it in a PDF viewer at high mag to see 
what it looks like.


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