[scribus] need PDF help or alternate suggestions

John Jason Jordan johnxj at comcast.net
Sun Jan 16 19:07:58 CET 2011

On Sun, 16 Jan 2011 09:41:12 -0800 (PST)
Pam daMonium <jnkml44105 at rocketmail.com> dijo:

>Someone mentioned recently the Scribus didn't turn out to be as
>intuitive as they thought it was. I echo that sentiment.

Every piece of software is unintuitive. There are only two things that
are completely intuitive: The first is the nipple.

>Pre-flight indicates that some images are low resolution, but I can't
>help that as I can only use what people send me. I told it to ignore
>errors. I've tried PDFing in 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5. (It won't let me try
>in PDF/X-3 - the 'Save' button is greyed-out.) 

You can often improve the resolution of images in The Gimp or
Photoshop. Sometimes the results are not exactly what you hoped for
because raster image editors have to guess what pixels to add and where
to put them, but both The Gimp and Photoshop are pretty good at it.

>When I click on the completed PDF file, a window opens that says
>"Insufficicent data for an image." and I find no banner, many missing
>textboxes, no photos, and some missing overlapping textboxes. All the
>color blocks I've inserted to highlight text are there (set to bottom
>level), and are overlapped with some visible text boxes, so it's not
>JUST an overlap problem.

The only thing I can suggest from this is that you need to use PDF 1.4
or later because, from your description above, your file contains
transparency. But you said you already tried that without luck, so I'm
out of ideas.

>I obviously don't understand Scribus OR PDFing. Is there something
>obvious that I'm doing wrong? Is attempting to produce PDFs at all the
>way I need to go or do you have other suggestions? Do I need to delete
>and start over? Is Scribus too advanced for someone with no
>script-writing skills who frequently has to look up terms members use
>in their e-mail posts? Word processing documents are totally
>inadequate to the task and graphic programs are difficult to massage
>into doing what I want, so I was thrilled to find Scribus.

Post back with what version of Scribus you are using and what operating
system you have. Hopefully others will have more suggestions.

And welcome to Scribus! 

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