[scribus] Using Scribus for a newsletter

Jan Schrewe jschrewe at googlemail.com
Sat Oct 18 19:35:32 CEST 2008

Joe Ward schrieb am Mittwoch, 8. Oktober 2008:
> > Nope. You can do your layout in Scribus using single pages and in the
> > order
> > 1,2,3,... and receive booklet for printing.
> >
> > My experience is that this way is much simpler and faster then using
> > other imposition utilitys under linux or do it by hand in scribus.
> >
> > That's the way I usually make newsletters for print with scribus. Most
> > work
> > for me ist to get a valid PDF-X3 document using ghostscript from the
> > resulting PS file.
> >
> > Jan
>     Would you mind giving me step-by-step instructions for doing that? Say
> I've made up all of the pages and saved them to PDF in the order 1,2,3,
> etc. What are the steps between there and printing?
>       Thanks in advance.
>                                                                -Joe


Sorry for taking so long but I was quite busy in the last days. 

Okay, first create your document setting the page size to half the size you 
want to print in. If you want to print in A4 (I don't know what is used in 
the US) set the pagesize to A5. Set the "documentlayout" to "double page".

Create your document. Export it as PDF/X3.

Open the created document in the AcrobatReader. Tell Acrobat to print it.
In the print pane tell Acrobat to use "Booklet Printing" as "Page Scaling" and 
print to a file. A screenshot of my settings is here: 

This will give you a postscript file that has the page ordering you want. I 
have written a small script that does the conversion from postscript to PDF. 
Although it is for linux I'm sure it can be adopted for Windows. You can get 
it here: http://intern.die-buehne.net/scribus/pstopdf-x3.sh

Add some commandline parameters and you will have a nice PDF that has the 
correct color correction embedded. Although I have not validated this, I use 
this on a regular basis.

Hope this helps,


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