[scribus] export to .pdf by the help of .ps

Julian Robbins julian.robbins at q-par.com
Thu Mar 3 19:54:55 CET 2011

> W dniu 2011-03-02 22:58, a.l.e pisze:
>> >  and gordom can select the text, so the glyphs are not converted into
>> >  vectors.
>> >
>> >  as i wrote, at some time there were some improvements with the way
>> >  glyphs are placed in the PDF... so, gordom, please update to 1.4RC1
>> >  and test it there!
> 1.4RC1 didn't help at all:-(. It's even worse. When the document is
> exported to .pdf directly from Scribus, the text can't be recognized
> properly and therefore a search option doesn't work (in 1.3.7 it was).
> The text can't be highlighted also. So there is a regress at this point.
I am using 1.4RC and have had no problems with creating PDF's and then 
shrinking them via the compress _newsletter script 
http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Web_optimised_PDF, AND keeping searchable 
text in the PDF.

What I do know is that sometimes, the compress script doesn't properly 
compress the PDF, leading to saving the text as a non searchable text. 
The text on the PDf is also formatted with a slight 'smudge'. I have 
found that this occurs when you save the original Scribus PDF in greater 
than PDF 1.3 format, ie PDf1.4 or higher. If you always save in PDF 1.3 
from Scribus the problem doesnt occur.

I think the reason why the compress script and gs in particular fails to 
create the type of indexable PDF you want is that if you have 
transparent images, gs has a problem with this, and fails to render the 
text as text from this point. I get a good page, but then 'bad ' pages 
afterwards if there is a transparent image , ie a png on the page. By 
saving in PDf 1.3 format, it wont allow transparencies anyway, so it 
stops gs trying to deal with transparent objects.

I'm sorry if this is a little vague but it's more from what happens 
rather than why or how, but if you keep to saving in PDF 1.3 then I 
*think* you will be ok. I've also used thsi approach from , 
thru 1.3.5 and up and it always works for me

Kind Regards,


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