[scribus] reducing PDF size

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 22 12:45:08 UTC 2011

On 08/22/2011 06:41 AM, Christopher A. Zaino, PT, PhD wrote:
> 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
> images.
> 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
> size.
> 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.

It will be good for you to look at your PDFs under high zoom so that you 
can see any differences in resolution. Since monitors are typically 72 
or 96 ppi, it can be hard to see differences of a full page display on 


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