[scribus] pdf/x-1a in scribus
john at wexfordpress.com
Sat Jul 2 19:47:11 UTC 2011
On Saturday, July 02, 2011 12:35:20 pm a.l.e wrote:
> hi john,
> > I suggest that activating Color Management be the
> > in future versions of Scribus 1.5.0.
> i think that i understand the reasons why you suggest
this (and those
> reasons are not that bad... :-), but i still let the user
> the color management through a conscious action.
> imo, it does not do any good do just enable a random
> (a standard profile, is just static randomness :-)
> somehow i imagine the typical scribus user as somebody
who is working
> on a laptop at different places and prints a few copies
of his work on
> a laser printer at home or at the office.
> the monitor is not calibrated and no profile is available
> printer (and the images used are also from different
> without an embedded profile).
> in my eyes, in such a situation enabling the color
management does not
> give any advantage.
> on the other side, we have the ones who have a calibrated
> controlled workspace and got the profiles for the
printers they use.
> those folks will correctly setup their color
management... and they may
> even be happy to get a notice that their producing a pdf
> enabled the color management! :-)
> all in all: i think that the current situation is mostly
ok (with the
> exception where the creation of a pdf is made harder just
> selected version expects color management to be
activated... we really
> should warn and give a one click solution for such
> just some thoughts...
Well I do have a laser printer, in fact two of them, one BW
with cheap cartridges and another CMYK with ridiculously
expensive cartridges. But these animals are just means to
an end. My real work is preparing pdf files for book
interiors using TeX and pdf files for book covers using
Most book covers are prepared, either for my own use or the
use of others, to be printed by LSI, the largest and
fussiest of the digital printers in the USA. LSI has a path
to Amazon whereby the author or publisher can give Amazon
just a 20% discount. No one else has this deal. So we live
or die by LSI's rules. One of those rules embodies the
infamous requirement for X/1-a:2001, almost mandatory for
CMYK covers on B/W books and absolutely required for books
with color interiors.
Acrobat Distiller will provide this format, as will a
shareware command line program. But in the world of Open
Source to my knowledge only Scribus 1.5.0 will provide this
PDF version. This by itself makes Scribus invaluable for
those of us who run Open Source shops.
So if there could be a flag or a signal to let people know
that they have to set up Color Management before thay can
use either PDF X/a or PDF X/1-a formats that would be
useful. Maybe just a line of text on the PDF export screen.
It can be a set and forget operation. One can set it up
with no document active and it is there for all future
I know all this of course but I tend to forget things.
After all my age is 39 x 2.
"Death Wore Black" Police procedural:
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
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