[scribus] Transparency, PDF export, and file size

Teodor-Toma Silvestru Muntean teodomas at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 22 09:20:42 CET 2010

Hi John!I not pretend my sugestions solve your problem, but I think is good to consider them.1-when export from scribus to pdf set the maxim of dpi to 200, is solution to get smaller files, but the quality isn't like in normal 300 dpi - need to try to see if diference is sesisable.2-buy more RAM memory for your PC you need less 2G ideal is 4GHave a good day, and forgive my poor english. Tomasp.s. off-topic ppd-drivers what can be use for 'print-to-file' with Adobe-Reader
download, unzip, install the ppd

--- On Mon, 3/22/10, John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net> wrote:

From: John Jason Jordan <johnxj at comcast.net>
Subject: [scribus] Transparency, PDF export, and file size
To: "Scribus" <scribus at lists.scribus.net>
Date: Monday, March 22, 2010, 8:27 AM

I have a bewildering array of options available to solve this problem,
but so far I haven't hit on the right combination.

The problem:

I have an .sla file of 96 MB that consists of a 132 page book. Several
of the pages have transparency. I need to print to laser printers with
PostScript level 2 or PCL 5. The document was created in Fedora 11
x86_64 with

The transparency pages all have various graphics frames with
transparent fill so the underlying text frames show through. If I save
to PDF 1.3 these come out as solid black. I need to export to PDF 1.4
or 1.5 to get them to appear transparent. However, outside of the
transparency, the document has nothing fancy, not even color images. In
fact, there are not even bitmap images. Everything is either text or
vector images in black and white.

Unfortunately, both PDF 1.4 and 1.5 create a PDF file of over 200 MB. It
takes several minutes just to open one of these files in any of my
various PDF viewers (Adobe Reader 9.2, Carbaret, Foxit, Evince,
Okular). And when I try to print them the laser printers run at glacial

In the past my preferred solution to such problems was to print to file
with Adobe Reader on Windows specifying a PCL5 driver. This created a
PRN file which I could send to the printers with lpr. Printing was fast
and accurate. But this time Reader on Windows will not print to file.
After half an hour it remains stuck on 0% and the file is 0 bytes.
Adobe Reader on Linux will only create PS files, but it does the same
thing - gets stuck at 0%.

I can print to PS file directly from Scribus, but the resulting file
has solid black. In other words, it does not preserve the transparency.

What I need is a way to export to small PDF or PS while preserving

Any suggestions welcome.

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