[scribus] PDF/X-4 export

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 7 18:22:58 CET 2010

On 11/07/2010 10:37 AM, John wrote:
> On 11/07/2010 09:45 AM, John Culleton wrote:
>> On Sunday 07 November 2010 09:27:58 John wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> This is my first post to this list. I am running Scribus 1.3.8
>>> Build ID: C-C-T-F-C1.10.0 on Fedora 14. My problem is that I need
>>> to export PDF/X-4 (need transparency) and apparently it is not
>>> available in my version of Scribus. I'd like to know how can I
>>> enable PDF/X-4 in Scribus.
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>> As I understand it transparency is available in recent versions of
>> PDF, certainly in PDF 1.6 and probably going back to PDF 1.4 (I
>> haven't checked.)
>> In the USA printers are increasingly insisting on PDF X/1-a:2001, a
>> standard that doesn't allow for transparency or gradients. It makes
>> our job harder and theirs easier.
> You're absolutely right, John. My goal is to make a test with my
> commercial printer (here in Canada) to see how PDF/X-4 exported from
> Scribus, that apparently *does* support transparency and color
> management, will perform on their system.

to the best of our knowledge, PDF/X-4 isn't widely supported yet.
PDF 1.4 and above can handle transparency, so it might be good to see if 
your printer can handle those.

Sometimes it seems that these rigid "requirements" speak more to the 
printers' inexperience and lack of knowledge, or perhaps wanting to 
charge additionally for processing your files.


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