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3eCheval

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I'm done with a document that I created in Scribus (and it was a lot of fun!).
I've done it on a Mac, running Yosemite. I've printed my pdf on a small Samsung printer here at home, and it is ok. Here is my fear. I have to bring the file to work, and any typos or last minute corrections will be dome there. So I need to install Scribus and Ghoscript on a computer running Windows. And then open the file there and fix those last minutes things, then print it from there on yet a very different printer (big bubba Kyocera). Now, I do have all my fonts in a file, in a little directory I created (as instructed in tne fine Scribus manuan found online). I plan to bring all these files (with the fonts, the images, etc) along with the Scribus document. My fear is that I will encounter a font problem and the whole document will be screwed up and NO time to redo all that. What are the sound advice anyone can give me at this point to avoid such a last minute disaster at work, basically, how to insure a smooth transition from the Mac environnement to the PC environment ?
Thank you!

Nermander

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Use Collect for output to gather all files (images and fonts) in one folder.

GarryP

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3eCheval, one point to note is that some fonts have a copyright attached to them which - in basic terms - means that they aren't supposed to be copied from one computer to another. For instance, Apple doesn't want you using their fonts on a PC.

If you use "File -> Export -> Save to PDF" - clicking past the pre-flight verifier - and go to the "Fonts" tab you'll see some fonts that are to be embedded and some that are to be outlined. The fonts to be outlined are usually the ones that don't want to be copied (for whatever reason). Pressing "Embed All" refreshes the list so you can see what's what.

While "Collect for Output" will probably copy the font files for all fonts used in your document - even the ones to be outlined - you should be aware of the copyright issue. If you're not doing this on a commercial basis then you'll probably be fine but it's worth noting that there could be issues if you later distribute the collected output (the folder, not the actual PDF output).

All in all it's probably not a big issue and you'll generally be fine. I just thought it worth saying so that you know there could be a problem in the future depending on which fonts you might be using.

In general it's worth checking first, before you have no time to make changes.

3eCheval

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3eCheval, one point to note is that some fonts have a copyright attached to them which - in basic terms - means that they aren't supposed to be copied from one computer to another. For instance, Apple doesn't want you using their fonts on a PC.

My projet is entirely build with opensource fonts (and opensource clip art and images). It only made sense as I am using an opensource application to do the publication, and it seemed a good opportunity to educate people about opensource alternatives.

I read your reply carefully, and the one above, and will follow all those instructions. Because I don't have wiggle room to deal with problems when comes the time to get the publication out. 

Thanks Nermander and GarryP.

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You're welcome. And good luck with your project.

Just out of interest, where did you get your fonts/images/clipart from and how would you rate those places as sources for good stuff that works well with Scribus?

I only ask as I'm interested in compiling some curated lists of free resources that work well with Scribus.

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Just out of interest, where did you get your fonts/images/clipart from and how would you rate those places as sources for good stuff that works well with Scribus?

A curated list would be wonderful. Here is my contribution:

Here are the sites I have used, by order of preference :

For clip art : They are both limited and sort of 'dated', but depending on what you are looking for, you might just find what you are looking for :
https://www.vectoropenstock.com/
https://openclipart.org/

I also designed my own with various applications (Mischief, etc.)

For open source fonts :
By far the best selection, and a really really neat site, well done, where you can 'test drive' the fonts, etc.
http://www.fontsquirrel.com/home  (by far the best site)

Also, worth looking into :
http://openfontlibrary.org/

And afterward, I found this one that looks like a real treasure trove :
https://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/

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Thanks for sharing those.

A quick look was interesting so I'll need to have a proper look to check licenses etc.

I know at least one of them will be on my list (as it's already on it).

 

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