[scribus] pdf file size once more

Vladimir Savic vladimir.firefly.savic at gmail.com
Sun Apr 29 16:31:11 UTC 2012

I'll share my own experience on the subject since I've been using
Scribus for professional (as in I'm getting money for it) work.
Scribus can, and usually does, produce quite unoptimised output. It
doesn't mean it's unreliable or error-prone piece of software. Oposite
is truth, I'd even add. Drawback being only size of produced PDFs.
Luckily, we have ghostscript and adobe reader for linux. Use Reader
for generation of beautiful ps files and gs for turning it into
PDF1.3. I always do 1.3 since it is old enough for everyone to accept
it. This workaround/workflow is great for flattening transparencies
and producing reasonably small files. Have to add that I've never
experienced color related problems or missing or melformed objects.
Try it.

On 4/29/12, John Ghormley KJ4UFG <kj4ufg at sera.org> wrote:
> I know this is a much hashed topic and I am not complaining, but rather
> trying to understand the whys of if all.  I just submitted a 60 page
> magazine pdf file to my pre-press folks.  They used InDesign to create a
> press quality pdf for use in making negatives for the offset press.  (I
> know, I know, that's old technology for a magazine but that is not the
> issue here.)  The pdf file I wrote with Scribus was 527 mb in size.  That
> was a greyscale option as opposed to printer or web.  The file written
> using the printer option was 1.5 Gb in size.  Anyway, the file written for
> the negative processing which was all 60 of my black and while pages after
> imposition was 36mb.
> The question is, of course, how can a 38 mb container hold all the data in
> a 527 mb container?  Does InDesign use some compression technique that
> Scribus does not?  If so, why not?  After all, an almost 14:1 compression
> ratio is significant!
> But, there may be a better explanation.  I just wish I knew it.
> John Ghormley  KJ4UFG
> Editor, SERA *Repeater Journal*
> Walkertown, NC  USA
> editor at sera.org
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