[scribus] Problems with PDF
Staffan Melin (Oscillator)
staffan.melin at oscillator.se
Tue Dec 18 22:49:22 UTC 2012
Two things I'm thinking of:
What kind of graphics did you use for the section pages (the three
different graphics)? Imported SVG? Produced by what program? Iäve had
serious problems in a final PDF due to bad SVGs.
What PDF version does the print shop (Lulu) want, and did you chose
the right version when exporting the PDF from Scribus?
On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:33 PM, Ratofblades <swordrat at aol.com> wrote:
> I am having some problems creating PDFs with Scribus. The book is 251 pages in length. (I didn’t see the FAQ about recommended page limits until I started looking for solutions to my problems.)
> First the short version:
> One day I produced a PDF of my Scribus file using CutePDF and everything went smoothly. The next day, after making some minor changes to the file, I made another PDF using CutePDF and it took more than 9 hours and there were errors in the final product. Every attempt to produce a PDF of that file using Cute PDF since has met with the same unsatisfactory results.
> Now the long version, which hopefully includes all the relevant data:
> I prepared a PDF using Scribus, it was 31.1MB. After viewing the PDF on my computer to make sure it was in order, I submitted it to Lulu and ordered a proof copy. A few days later I received an e-mail from Lulu that the PDF could not be printed and that it caused their diagnostic program to crash. Then I created a new PDF using CutePDF (it came out to 88.9MB), submitted it to Lulu, and ordered my proof copy. This time it printed with no problem.
> I proof-read the book and found some errors so I edited the file and printed a new PDF through CutePDF, it took a little under half an hour. I scrolled through the PDF to make sure everything looked right, and it did overall, but I did noticed a few mistakes I had missed, so I changed them and printed a new PDF (over-writing the previous one since the changes made were minor). This time it took more than 9 hours to produce the PDF and it was 150.1MB (I didn’t note the size of the PDF I was over-writing). When I viewed the PDF, three pages came up with an error and would not display. I figured the error might have something to do with over-writing the previous PDF, so I tried again, saving it to a new location, but with the same results: 9+ hours to print, 150.1MB, and the same three pages producing errors.
> The book is divided into three parts, the three pages that produced errors are the cover-pages for each of the three parts. They each consist of a graphic of the book’s title and a line of text introducing the book-part, and the standard master page. The same title graphic appears on the title page, which has not caused any noticeable errors. These graphics were added after the first proof copy I had made, but before the last successful PDF I made (the one that I over-wrote). I did not alter any of these pages (including the master pages) between the last good PDF and the first bad PDF.
> I was able to print each of the book-part cover-pages to PDF individually and replace the erronious pages in the book. The patched together PDF can be viewed without errors; I am still waiting to see if Lulu can successfully print it, however.
> But even if it dose print successfully, I do not want to have to take 9+ hours to produce the PDF for each new revision and have to paste new pages into it on top of that, especially since I know it can be done in less than half an hour. What could have happened between the last good PDF and the first bad PDF? I did not install any new software or change any setting on my computer until after the problems started. Then I downloaded and installed the newest versions of CutePDF and Ghostscript (the versions I had been using sere several years old), and I uninstalled and reinstalled Scribus (I have been using the newest version), but that has not improved the situation.
> I tried cropping down the file into smaller parts, the first being 44 out of the total 251 pages. It took 15 minutes to produce a PDF with CutePDF, and the one book-part cover-page that was included in the 44 pages produced the same error. While it was a lot faster, relatively, that printing the entire file, the size was proportionate to the 150.1MB total of the bad PDFs rather than the 88.9 of the good PDF.
> I also re-tried creating a PDF using Scribus’ built in PDF utility and it seemed to function. But since Lulu couldn’t print the previous PDF generated by Scribus I decided to print the PDF from Adobe Reader through CutePDF, and the program froze up.
> Then, back in Scribus, I deleted the pages that generated the errors and tried to create a PDF through CutePDF and the program froze up.
> I'm afraid the file may have gone corrupt, since all the software seems to be working alright. I hope someone will be able to help me get things working the way they were.
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