[scribus] Scribus PDF not playing well with my publisher (corrected)

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 17 15:55:00 CEST 2010

On 04/16/2010 10:15 PM, LeDuc, Richard wrote:
> Hello,
> I am at a loss for how to begin searching for the answer
> for my dilemma, I apologize if this is easily located in the
> documentation – I missed it.
> I have recently completed my first book (about 130
> pages – 8.5 by 11) with, I would say, moderately complex
> layout – multiple columns, with either art or text boxes on
> most pages.  My publisher uses Adobe, but I did the layout
> with Scribus.  Once I had finished the document I exported
> a PDF – sent it on – while the publisher added a cover,
> watermark and a few other such details and then put the
> PDF for sale on their website. Then someone bought it
> (and even said really nice things about the content), but this
> adventuresome customer noticed that there were major
> problems with the layout. Text had shifted when the
> changes were made with Adobe, and several text boxes
> had shifted off the page and into oblivion (tentatively I
> think it is text layered on images – but I am not sure of this).
> While I intend to start experimenting with the object
> properties of images layered under the offending text boxes,
> I thought I would ask here to see if anyone had some ideas.
> I have example pages with and without the problem I would
> gladly share if anyone would look at them.

 From what you're saying, it sounds like the file was messed up by Adobe 
(Distiller?). As we know, people tend to get defensive when such things 
are brought up about their work.

Perhaps a starting point might be to try to get the publisher to look at 
your component, made with Scribus, and compare that to the end result, 
made with Distiller. They may still want to blame the problem on Scribus 
even though that wouldn't seem to make sense.


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