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General Discussion / Re: Importing 1.5XX files into 1.4XX
« Last post by mnawij on January 18, 2019, 12:53:20 am »
Please let me know how it works.

mnawij
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Beginner Talk / mixing text colors on page
« Last post by Scriborn on January 17, 2019, 09:25:16 pm »
As a plain beginner, coming from QXpress I tried to change text color of some lines inside a frame.

After a number of attempts, came up with this :
- creating a rectangular frame
-copy/paste a (mouse)  text selection into the frame
- modify this frame attributes to alter color text
- copy/paste text from the frame back into main paragraph,
adding lines.
- delete the frame that contained the selection.

Now you have a patch of red text wedged into a black text.
I wonder though if it can't be made easier?
 
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF 1.3 generation for Printing Press
« Last post by jozefk on January 17, 2019, 04:19:35 pm »
Perfect. I will try that and see how it goes. Thank you!
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF 1.3 generation for Printing Press
« Last post by a.l.e on January 17, 2019, 04:01:03 pm »
interesting approach...

yes, reimporting the pdf file into scribus should work.

if you use multiple layers you can have:

- a layer with items that have transparencies
- a layer with the flattened items
- a layer with the rest of the content

in that way you can turn layers on and off to first create the pdf to be flattened or the final pdfs.
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF 1.3 generation for Printing Press
« Last post by jozefk on January 17, 2019, 03:41:10 pm »
I will have to test that. Even if it doesn't keep the text in vector format, I can still use it to flatten the transparency and then to import the PDF to Scribus again and add the text. Would that work?
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF 1.3 generation for Printing Press
« Last post by a.l.e on January 17, 2019, 03:32:19 pm »
since the question pops up regularly, i've started taking notes about it.

here i've have put a few test files:

https://github.com/aoloe/scribus-manual-pdf-and-printing/tree/master/content/transparencies

with the command

gs -o test-transparencies-1.3.pdf \
   -sDEVICE=pdfwrite        \
   -dCompatibilityLevel=1.3 \
    test-transparencies-1.4.pdf

you can get a flattened pdf. but, as you were hinting in your reply, all text will be rasterized.
this might or not be a problem for you.

i will keeping on adding notes, so if anybody has further ideas, feel free to add them and/or making pull request with new test files or modifications to my test file.
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF 1.3 generation for Printing Press
« Last post by jozefk on January 17, 2019, 01:54:53 pm »
Thank you for reply.
Can Ghostscript be used as a PDF printer or how would you create CMYK PDF version 1.3 and flatten the transparency with it?
Also, would that still keep the text in vector format?
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF 1.3 generation for Printing Press
« Last post by a.l.e on January 17, 2019, 12:48:00 pm »
sadly, scribus cannot flatten transparencies.

there are a few "workarounds":

- avoiding transparencies.
- finding a print shop that correctly prints PDF 1.4 with transparencies.
- using ghostscript to create a CMYK PDF with flattened transparencies.
- using the full version of acrobat (or another pre-press tool).

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PDF Generation / PDF 1.3 generation for Printing Press
« Last post by jozefk on January 17, 2019, 09:45:03 am »
I have a question about PDF 1.3 generation for printing press. Everything is working fine except flattening the transparency. So my question is about the solution for flattening the transparency. How do you do that?
What I tried so far is to export the page to tiff then open it with GIMP and flatten it. After that I import it to Scribus again and it works that way, but I have a problem with colors then, because I have RGB profiles in GIMP and from Scribus I need to get CMYK PDF files for printing press. So the colors got messed up.
And the person who is making the plates is insisting on PDF version 1.3.

Is there some other way to flatten transparency without messing up the colors?

I use Scribus 1.5.4 on Windows and Linux.
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MacOS / Re: Signal 11 crashes and now Scribus has gone haywire
« Last post by utnik on January 17, 2019, 01:46:32 am »
hi john

if you put your .sla file (including the used fonts) on a file hosting page and send me a download link, i'll take a look at it.
a new installation of the same scribus version doesn't usually help much. if something went wrong with scribus, you could close the application and remove 'user/your user name/library/preferences/scribus' and let scribus build new preference files.

utnik
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