[scribus] Drop Shadow

Louis Desjardins louis.desjardins at gmail.com
Tue Jan 17 18:25:30 UTC 2012

2012/1/17 Gregory Pittman <gregp_ky at yahoo.com>

> On 01/17/2012 12:11 PM, Vladimir Savic wrote:
>> On 01/17/2012 04:22 PM, Gregory Pittman wrote:
>>> On 01/17/2012 10:11 AM, Gregory Pittman wrote:
>>>> On 01/17/2012 09:59 AM, Stefan wrote:
>>>>>> Only the newest PDF versions support transparency.
>>>>> And many commercial printers forbid transparency in PDF
>>>>>  It's important to note that one can flatten transparency. One way to
>>>> do
>>>> this is to print from Scribus to a file, which creates a PS file, which
>>>> can then be converted to PDF 1.3 with the appearance of having the
>>>> transparency.
>>> Oops! not this way.
>>> Instead export to pdf1.4 in Scribus, then pdftops, then ps2pdf13.
>>> Greg
>> Why don't we just get rid of PDF 1.3. It's of little use for anyone
>> these days. Yet, it can render many users confused. I'm aware of need
>> for supporting PDF X-3, but what if we pay much more attention in
>> Preflight process on X-3 export? Informing user what might get wrong
>> and/or even employing ghostscript for converting some temp file created
>> by Scribus, if transparency is present, that is. In this part of Europe
>> we have no need for X-3, so I have a little insight on potential
>> problems by pdfX3-ps-pdfX3 conversion.
>> Being realistic, it's unlikely we'll get useful flattener anytime soon.
>> I'm not even sure I want it now since it would drive developers away
>> from much more needed stuff. I don't like excuses for not having
>> "native" blur objects in Scribus. :) It affects SVG import, on which
>> many, if not all, designers on Linux rely, and makes work-flow for
>> getting soft shadows so complicated that I could understand if one would
>> never get into.
>> I know this "solution" is radical, but I don't think it's insane.
>>  It's neither radical nor insane, but what if you want to create PDF 1.3,
> and don't have any transparency? The basic capability is there. I think the
> default setting for Scribus export is 1.4; the warnings from Preflight
> Viewer are nonetheless a good thing -- we might change the language to
> "advisory", but I think it's still worthwhile.

Hi Vlada and all,

This might help get the full picture.


PDF/X-1a:2001 is still used a lot in North America.

Taking away an Export option is debatable of course but really I would not
advise to do so. The Preflight warnings are based on the Export chosen by
the user. It's so easy to use that it's not an issue. While printers may
ask for a specific flavour of PDF/X... again a good communication will only
help dealing with exceptions. PDF/X-... is there to help good communication
but exporting to PDF 1.4 does not mean that the file won't print.



> Greg
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