[scribus] PDF/A additional thought-question-request

Barry McKenna bmcken at pobox.com
Wed Jul 20 19:24:04 UTC 2011


Thanks for your reply.

I will have a need for PDF/X in the near future because my book will 
have some text to in color and for some vector graphs in color.

But I also need copy-protected or password protected pdf output for 
my book.

The book I'm developing will have many vector graphics and will 
definitely be a viable book in print form, but will be even more 
useable as a searchable, bookmarked pdf.

So, I'm trying to understand how to proceed in putting this pdf 
together with the end result exported in copy-protected or password 
protected pdf output.

I'm just starting out on the learning curve for this.

I think I've discovered some of the basics, but I'm not sure.

It seems that Adobe has produced something called Digital Editions 
software which is free to users, like Adobe Reader, but requires 
ebooks to be in PDF/A or EPUB.

Reading about the different formats on Wikipedia, I don't see any 
references for "PDFX/A." There is "PDFX" and its variants such as 
"PDFX/1-a" and numerous other "PDFX/#-letter" formats.

And there is a Wikipedia page for "PDF/A" which is one of the formats 
that Adobe's Digital Editions manages, along with EPUB.

*And Google does not return any pages for "PDF X/A."

It also seems that the formal way of referring to these is without a 
space after "PDF".

It is my hope that the Scribus developers can clarify their roadmap 
regarding these issues. As ebook formats become more and more in 
demand, it would seem to me that users could make much use of a 
Scribus that could output specifically to PDF/A or EPUB.

However, I read the June comments that there seems to be no support 
for including EPUB, and I hope that the developers do not feel the 
same way about PDF/A. It seems to me that a Scribus that can't output 
to a password or copy-protected format is missing a major need of 
small/individual publishers and users/readers.


On 7/20/2011 11:16 AM, John Culleton wrote:
> On Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:13:57 pm Barry McKenna
> wrote:
>> It occurs to me that perhaps my need for PDF/A and
> continued use of
>> Scribus might have another resolution:
>> Are there any specific recommendations for tools to
> convert a Scribus
>> generated PDF to PDF/A?
>> Barry
> I would use Scribus 1.5.0, which I download via svn&
> compile every evening. You can just take your present sla
> file produced by any earlier version of Scribus, make sure
> color management is on, and save it as PDF X/A. I do the
> same thing but I save as PDF X/1-a, similar name but much
> different format.
> If you send me your sla file (and all graphics&  unusual
> fonts of course) in a zip file I'll convert it for free.
> Too small a job to charge for.

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