[scribus] Font size problem with pdf export of latex frame

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Mon Jun 10 00:58:56 UTC 2013

On 06/09/2013 02:01 PM, daspostloch at googlemail.com wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a problem with font sizes of/in latex frames when exporting
> to a pdf. This is a very common task when creating posters for
> scientific conferences, so I'd say a somewhat common use case for
> scribus. In detail:
> To reproduce: create a new empty document (say, portrait letter
> size), insert a render frame (say, in the upper right quarter of
> the document). The standard latex text ("Manual Your \LaTeX-frames
> setup is working when you can read this text!".. ) appears in
> surprisingly big letters (ca. 12 lines of text on a single
> letter-sized sheed). However, when exporting to pdf, I get what
> I'd expect when having an 11pt font in latex: the font size
> decreases dramatically.
I'm not seeing this.
> Also, and possibly a 2nd issue, I would have liked to check "Embed
> PDF & EPS files (EXPERIMENTAL)" in the pdf export dialog, but this
> is greyed out for me - any idea why or how to resolve?
I'm not seeing this either. Do you recall messages about things missing 
when you ran cmake to compile your 1.5? I think you need poppler for 
this function.

> I've tried exporting to different pdf versions, typing in different
> preferences for resolutions in various dialog fields, etc., to no
> avail. The only thing that worked is setting the resolution of
> Latex render frames to 72 instead of 300 in Preferences-> external
> tools (72 was the default, but I have always used 300 previously
> when creating posters). This seemed to make the displayed and
> pdf-exported sizes  more similar. However, if the render frames
> cannot be embedded (see above, greyed-out checkmark), how will I get
> the high resolution I need for printing, then? In any case, I think
> there is at least one bug, as the displayed and exported font sizes
> vary vastly when setting the latex render frame resolution to 300dpi
> in Preferences-> external tools?
> Since I had planned to print my poster tomorrow, I'll now experiment
> with lower release versions of scribus since i've used the same
> toolchain successfully in the past.. but preliminary tests seemed
> to indicate that I cannot save a downwards-compatible variant of my
> file to use in lower versions of scribus, which would mean i'm pretty
> much screwed in the short run?
Sort of...one workaround could be to save objects in the Scrapbook, 
which 1.5.0 shares with 1.4.2, so then you just paste into a new 
document in 1.4.2. If you don't have too many objects/pages, it might be 
worth it.


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