[scribus] Making PDF smaller

Rolf-Werner Eilert eilert-sprachen at t-online.de
Tue Sep 7 16:15:41 CEST 2010

Am 07.09.2010 12:23, schrieb Owen:
>> Am 06.09.2010 22:57, schrieb Gregory Pittman:
>>> On 09/06/2010 04:04 PM, Rudolf Vavruch wrote:
>>>> Submitted on 09/06/2010
>>>> Submitted by anonymous user: []
>>>> Submitted values are:
>>>> Name: Rudolf Vavruch
>>>> Email Address: vavruch at gmail.com
>>>> Subject: Making PDF smaller
>>>> Message:
>>>> Hi, I'm sending this from the contact form on scribus.net.
>>>> My friends and I are making an online magazine, you can view the
>>>> first
>>>> issue here: exhibitmag.co.za. The second issue is complete but for
>>>> one
>>>> problem - as a PDF it's too big. I've tried various methods of
>>>> exporting
>>>> it but nothing gets it looking good unless it is around 400MB. My
>>>> friend
>>>> took this PDF opened it in Illustrator and when closing it, it
>>>> asked him
>>>> if he wanted to remove superfluous data (or something similar),
>>>> bookmarks and other things. It then compressed the file down to
>>>> 40MB!
>>>> But I've noticed one problem, occasionally some of the text is
>>>> messed up.
>>>> Is there anyway I can compress the generated PDF without dropping
>>>> image
>>>> resolution and keeping all the text as is?
>>>> I am using ScribusNG 1.3.5 - that comes with Linux Mint 8 Helena.
>>> Hi Rudolf,
>>> Try these:
>>> http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Shrinking_a_PDF_from_the_command_line
>>> http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Web_optimised_PDF
>>> What these involve is conversion to PS then back to PDF.
>>> Greg
>> Just thought I'd try that first one, but this is what came out:
>> myfile.pdf:         2660277
>> myfile.ps:          354513891
>> myshrunkenfile.pdf: 72428732
>> That means, the "shrunken" file is actually bigger than the original
>> one.
>> Any idea?
> Hi,
> You don't say what your image resolution is.
> What size are they, the absolute megabyte size as well as the physical
> dimensions?
> Select an image and look at the properties->Image
> What is the dpi shown in the properties box? For online content, 150
> dpi is probably all you need. Resize the images?
> When you export to PDF, the export dialog->color should be set to
> optimize for Screen/Web
> What have you done with the fonts? What type of fonts are and are they
> embedded?
> And yes, the pdf->ps->pdf path can generate files greater that the
> original.

Ok, you're right. I just used a ready-made pdf which was not optimized 
by Scribus before: Large pictures, dialog->color was set to Grayscale etc.

Let's use another one, only one small logo file contained, and not by 
Scribus but by OOo:

myfile.pdf: 		105653
myshrunkenfile.pdf: 	434234

Hm, doesn't seem to shrink either. Does OOo use kind of optimization 

I will try to optimize the pdf in Scribus as you wrote above, let's see 
what happens then.



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