[scribus] flatten info in pdf
nickigriffin at mac.com
Wed Nov 14 12:54:30 UTC 2012
Thank you Staffan. I'll have a look at that.
Hmm. Though looking at the site it may be a little beyond me. I have a lot of experience of using packages but have no real 'computer' knowledge.
However I will persevere and see where I get to.
On 14 Nov 2012, at 12:23, Staffan Melin (Oscillator) wrote:
> 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.
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