[scribus] Speed change when adding PS vector images

avox avox at arcor.de
Fri Aug 21 14:42:22 CEST 2009

John Jason Jordan-2 wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Aug 2009 22:50:58 +0200
> "a.l.e" <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch> dijo:
>> > Something about those 36 PS graphics is causing a massive
>> > problem. And I mean it is slow everywhere in the document, not just on
>> > the pages containing the new graphics.
>> > 
>> > The graphic in question is as displayed here:
>> > 
>> > http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ipa/pulmonic.html
>> > 
>> > I downloaded it as a PDF, then printed to file with Adobe Reader in
>> > order to get a vector PS file. After importing it into Scribus I
>> > ungrouped it and removed the gray rectangles because I wanted it
>> > clear. Then I regrouped it and copied and pasted 35 times. The
>> > characters are all coverted to paths.
>> having looked at the graphics, i would suggest you, to delete all the 
>> copies you have made, import again the ps file, recreate the table with 
>> scribus' own lines and rectangles, move the vectorized letters into the 
>> newly created table, group the whole thing. make multiple copies of it.
>> imported ps files may include complicated and not really used artifacts 
>> which will make the whole group much too complicated.
> Thanks for the suggestion. I ungrouped one of the graphics, then
> selected each object individually one at a time and deleted it. I know
> what you mean about extra artifacts - I've seen that many times with
> imported PS files. But this time there were none at all that were not
> necessary.
> I also discovered something else. Before adding the 12 pages and 36
> groups of graphics the file size was 37 MB and now it is 97 MB. More
> importantly, Scribus used to take a mere 700 MB of RAM while working on
> the document, and now it is sucking down 2 GB. The computer has 4 GB of
> RAM, so it is not using the swap, but that is still a lot of RAM. I am
> guessing that when I load the file Scribus is imaging into RAM every
> object in the entire document, not just the objects it needs in order
> to display the pages that I ask it to display.

An alternative would be to place the EPS into image frames; then Scribus
just loads the bitmap into memory. On PDF-Export you can enable PDF
then the EPS will be written as vectors into the PDF (EPS will be embedded
EPS in postscript / print putput anyway).

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