[scribus] flatten info in pdf

Staffan Melin (Oscillator) staffan.melin at oscillator.se
Wed Nov 14 12:23:07 UTC 2012


A quick reply:


which says:

"An interesting issue has come up recently with my publishing company
- one of our printing suppliers flagged incoming PDFs as being
not-printable due to transparencies. After looking around for
solutions, I came up with a way to resolve the issue without resorting
to Acrobat (which we don’t use). The solution is two fold:

1. First convert the incoming PDF to PostScript using XPDF‘s pdftops.
This will flatten the transparencies. GhostScript’s pdf2ps tool DOES
NOT do that.

2. Then convert the PostScript back to PDF using GhostScript‘s ps2pdf tool.

Both tools are open source and free (although watch out for
GhostScript’s GPL license). One important point – pdftops requires a
paper width and height unless you want to end up with 8×11 paper for
everything. The width/height is specified in PostScript points which
are 72 per inch."

Kind regards,


On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM, Nicola Griffin <nickigriffin at mac.com> wrote:
> Dear list
> This is my first posting.
> I've been using Scribus for the last couple of months to create a 28-page magazine. I'm now sending it for a trial print, but have a problem with transparencies. I need to be able to flatten the information in the pdf to ensure the transparencies print as expected. My printer recommends exporting the file as a PDFx1a but this choice is not available when I export to PDF. I've been exporting as PDF 1.4 (Acrobat 5). The transparencies show up ok when I view the document in Adobe Reader.
> I'm using a Mac with Scribus 1.4.1. I've tried the suggestion in the Scribus Wiki to use Adobe Reader to create a flattened PostScript file via the Print dialog but Reader does not allow this. The newer version of Reader doesn't seem to have this option at all.
> I'm at the stage of abandoning transparencies altogether as being too unpredictable so this is a last shot.
> Any suggestions gratefully received.
> Nicki
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