[scribus] Saving as PDF with a smaller file size

a.l.e ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
Thu Aug 18 13:21:12 UTC 2011

hi chris,

> I am using Scribus 1.4.0.r5 on linux mint 10. I have a two page 
> newsletter with 2 small pictures, some graphic shapes, some PDF 
> hyperlinks, 5 layers. When I export this newsletter to a PDF format, 
> it is quite large (19 mb). This is a problem because I need to email 
> this newsletter to a group of people. So I need a smaller file size.
> I have tried saving in various ways - PDF 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, I have 
> changed the resolution of the pictures to 100, 125, 150 dpi 
> (originally it was 300 dpi) and it always saves at the same 19 mb. 
> However, twice I have tried something and it will save at 1.3 mb or 
> 1.8 mb, but when I try it again using the same (?) settings, it is 
> back to 19 mb.
> Does anybody have any suggestions on how to save the file to PDF with 
> a smaller size - any settings I should be aware of or should I 
> decrease the number of layers. I like the layers because I can move 
> about the document easier with the layers - I have text on one layer, 
> graphics on another, pictures on another.....
> Also, any clue as to why I would get one size file most of the time 
> and then have a drastically smaller file, but can't duplicate it 
> within seconds of saving the first (smaller file)?

there is a script in the wiki to reduce the size of PDFs produced by scribus



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