[scribus] Flattening pdf1.4 with transparency.

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Fri Nov 14 19:29:36 CET 2008

John Culleton wrote:
> Scribus does not flatten pdf 1.4 output which is required by some 
> printers, such as LSI.  After much conversation and some 
> experimentation I came up with this scheme. 
> -----------------------------------------------------
> 1. Export file as pdf 1.4
> 2. View file in recent Acrobat Reader.
> 3. Print to PostScript file, first adjusting the papersize to actual 
> document dimensions.
> 4.  run ps2pdf13 filename.ps newname.pdf
> ------------------------------------------------------
> This makes the pdf 1.3 with transparency preserved. Whether LSI will 
> accept it without modification is a question, since it doesn't say 
> PDFx1/a:2001 or Distiller in the file. But at least it is flattened. 
There are different ways of seeing this issue, of course. My reaction is 
that this illustrates a limitation of the printer based on his software, 
realizing that if you have chosen a particular one, you must work with 
his capabilities.

The important thing to see, though, is that this is not a limitation of 
Scribus, but rather the exact opposite. Why accept a particular version 
of PDF if you cannot handle all of its capabilities?


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