[scribus] Scribus PDF Error

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Sat Apr 3 04:44:22 CEST 2010

On Friday 02 April 2010 21:09:34 Mike Sleger wrote:
> Scribus PDF export just doesn't seem to like large images.  My TIF image
> is 5100 x 6599 at 600 dpi (96.2 MB) and looks fine, prints fine from
> Scribus.  Export bombs.  Resaving the .tif doesn't fix the problem.  BMP
> isn't supported, so that format is out.  GIF requires indexed color and
> this is a true-color image, so that format is out.  Changing to PNG
> format (12.0 MB) also bombs on export.  Just for kicks, tried JPG (14.9
> MB) and export again bombed.  Tried XPM format (105 MB and resolution
> changed to 72 dpi so PreFlight warns for image resolution less than 144
> dpi) and export still bombed.  Conclusion: doesn't handle
> images greater than some particular maximum size (unless there's some
> trick that I'm not aware of for getting this to work).
> Has anybody used a massively large image in Scribus and was able to
> export it to PDF?  I'm open to suggestion on a file type to use, without
> sacrificing image quality.  Scribus import recognizes GIF, JPG, PNG,
> XPM, and TIFF, none of which have worked.  I want to keep the 600 dpi
> resolution for print quality.  I could always just have page 1 (the
> cover) contained in a separate file, like PageMaker or Word and send two
> files to the printer.  (Acrobat Distiller doesn't have any problems with
> the large image.)
> From: chappa-ai at msn.com
> To: scribus at lists.scribus.net
> Subject: RE: [scribus] Scribus PDF Error
> Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 18:16:00 -0600
> I have identified the problem.
> > Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 21:44:01 +0200
> > From: ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
> > To: scribus at lists.scribus.net
> > Subject: Re: [scribus] Scribus PDF Error
> >
> > hi mike
> >
> > i start to wonder why i should help you....
> Because you're a nice guy who helps new users who are unfamiliar with
> the program's history and experiencing unexpected results? :)
> > 3 GB should be indeed be enough. but scribus is really not optimized
> > on the side of memory consumption.
> Optimization doesn't matter much to me as long as a job can get done.
> Sure, efficient and fast are important, but the bottom line is whether
> or not an end objective can be met.
> > please consider that we don't see your monitor nor have any access to
> > your files.
> I realize this and I didn't mean to start offending anybody. It can be
> very frustrating when a program consistently crashes for an "unknown"
> reason when performing a supported function. Please consider that I'm
> not new to computers, DTP, or programming, as I've been doing this with
> various software and platforms for over 20 years.  Therefore, understand
> that I have already done the preliminary debugging steps (fonts are
> indeed embedded, fonts are not corrupted, images are intact, etc) before
> asking for outside assistance from people more familiar with the program
> than somebody who's been using it for only a couple days.
> > the next steps would be to check your images (is the resolution of
> > your images correct? are there broken images? can scribus read images
> > correctly your images?).
> All images display correctly in the Scribus document.  The PreFlight
> verifier reports "No problems found".  Image resolutions are correct. 
> In fact, when I print the .sla from Scribus directly to my printer it
> prints correctly.
> > if you're not using the color management system, you may try to
> > convert all images to jpg and see if then it works.
> I don't like to use jpg for "important" images because the pixels
> "change" often from the compression algorithms.  I've even noticed
> discrepancies sometimes with no compression.  Therefore, I always use
> gif, bmp, or tif when image quality is of concern.  The .bmp format
> isn't supported by Scribus (according to the Get Image dialog) so I've
> been using .tif images created from either PhotoShop or Gimp.
> > > Also, lowercase "L" and uppercase "I" are all
> > > generated bold, despite having normal style and display in the .sla
> > > file.
> >
> > this is probably only a display problem and the printed copy will be
> > correct. (the problem does not happen any more in the unstable
> > versions of scribus)
> This is interesting since the display is fine within Scribus.  Acrobat
> is displaying l's and I's in bold, and only when a style is applied.
> The problem has been identified as the 8 1/2 x 11 cover image on page 1.
> Deleting it has the export working fine (except for the bold l's and
> I's, which may be just a screen issue that won't be on paper as you
> suggest).  I'll need to reconfigure the .tif to get it working.  I
> appreciate your time in pointing me to the problem.
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