[scribus] Ghostscript: some notes
gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 29 02:13:47 UTC 2011
As I have been working on some additional documentation regarding
ghostscript, I find the following:
- GS is necessary for rasterizing PDFs, PS files, and EPS files. You can
go through the motions of importing one of these, but on attempted PDF
export, your document behaves as if an image is missing.
- GS is also necessary for vector import of PS and EPS files, in that
there is some processing of the file before it can be placed on the
document page which requires GS. You get no warning, no error, simply
nothing happens after you select the file. This does not affect SVG import.
- GS is needed for Print Preview.
On Linux at least, it's hard if not impossible to use Preferences to
"unfind" gs. I even tried creating a bogus file named gs in my home
directory, selected it, but encountered no problem on restarting
Scribus. You would have to move the binary, or, as I did, simply rename
the gs bin file to something else to break it. This is how I experimented.
If you break your gs in this way, start Scribus, then unbreak it (rename
or move back to where it should be), you immediately have gs available
for rasterization for import into image frame or even vector PS and EPS
import. OTOH, you need to restart Scribus to be able to use Print Preview.
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