[scribus] Large SVG File Crashing Scribus

Chris Tregenza junk-scribus at tregenza.com
Tue Dec 15 14:40:57 CET 2009

I'm using Scibus to put together an A2 poster consisting of a map of the 
world and accompanying info.

The graphics are in SVG form (created by Inkscape) and Scribus is being 
used to add the text and produce the print ready PDF.

However, the SVG file is very large (> 2MB) and complicated (it is a 
detailed map).

This causes Scribus to perform extremely slowly and it normally crashes 
within a couple of minutes of the SVG being imported. Scribus is 
effectively unusable.

I've tried removing as much from the file as possible including 
simplifying the paths. However any further removal will impact on the 
map accuracy.

I'm trying to avoid using PNG or other bitmap images as this impacts on 
print quality.

I have tried encapsulating the map as an PDF or PDS exports from 
Inkscape. This works however Inkscape's exports are not as good as 
Scribus and colour management and the PDF ultimately created by Scribus 
seems lower quality.

I want to use Scribus to create the PDF to take full advantage of its 
press-ready features but I've run into a brick wall.

Can anyone offer any useful advice to work around for this situation 
that allows me to create a top quality, press ready PDF?


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