[scribus] reducing PDF size

Christopher A. Zaino, PT, PhD cazaino at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 10:41:24 UTC 2011

I recently asked this question. I also am learning how to do the script. 
a.l.e.'s response helps me to understand more.

I have found a not so elegant work around on the size.
1.) I found out that GIMP 2.6 will allow you to import PDF file pages. 
So I imported the two pages of my newsletter into GIMP (a free image 
manipulation program - for Linux or windows (Mac too?). I then saved the 
2.) Then I opened LIbreoffice (a free office production suite for Linux, 
windows and Mac). I imported the images. Enlarged them to the full page 
3.) exported the file to PDF via Libreoffice (just a click of a button 
to export to PDF) and the file was less than 1 mb.

Looking at the resulting PDF file, it appeared of similar quality as the 
original Scribus PDF file with less than 1/19th the size.

I think this is possible until I better learn the script and the like.

Thanks everybody for your input and advice.


Christopher A. Zaino, PT, PhD
CP Sapling - Serving the needs of families with children with Disabilities
Websites:  www.cpxsm.org (Chinese and English)
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On 08/22/2011 03:31 PM, a.l.e wrote:
> On 8/22/11 5:10 AM, Meho R. wrote:
>> On 22.08.2011 00:00, Christen wrote:
>>> Hello everyone,
>>> I know this is a topic that has been discussed many times on the 
>>> mailing
>>> list/forum, but I have been unable to find a simple solution. I 
>>> design a
>>> newsletter, and am trying to convert it from a printed publication 
>>> to an
>>> e-newsletter, to be emailed out. However, as you all know, the size 
>>> of a
>>> Scribus-generated PDF is huge - much too large to be emailed. I 
>>> looked on
>>> the wiki and found the "reduce pdf size" script, but the two scripts 
>>> given
>>> were for Mac and Linux - I'm running Win Vista 32-bit. I also found 
>>> a "web
>>> optimized pdf" perl script that would probably achieve the desired
>>> results.but the problem is, both of these scripts seem rather 
>>> complicated.
>>> I'm primarily a designer, with almost no experience in programming. The
>>> scripts look a little intimidating. So I was wondering - is there an 
>>> easier
>>> way to reduce the pdf size in Windows? Any ideas would be greatly
>>> appreciated
>>> TIA,
>>> Christen
>> This was discussed couple of days ago. I'm going to point out three 
>> things you can try and see if they help:
>> 1. Limit image resolution to 72dpi (in "Save as PDF" dialog: "General 
>> > Maximum Image Resolution")
>> 2. Set profile optimized for screen/web instead of press (in "Save as 
>> PDF" dialog: "Color > Output Intended for > Screen/Web")
>> 3. Let vector graphics stay that way, without conversion to bitmap 
>> (in "Save as PDF" dialog: "General > Embed PDF & EPS files 
> generally, converting the PDF to PS and back to PDF can lead to a file 
> with a -- possibly incredibly -- smaller size.
> i have not tried it, but you may install a postcript printer (in the 
> old time we used to install the apple laserwriter), print the PDF to 
> file with acrobat reader and use a free tool to convert back the PS to 
> PDF...
> i have not tried it, but it may work...
> installing some sort of linux on your computer (you can use it in dual 
> boot or just launch it from CD) or having a computer with apple's os x 
> is clearly the easy way to do it :-)
> ciao
> a.l.e
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