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PDF Generation / Re: Color management problem in PDF export with Scribus 1.5.3
« Last post by Servatius on July 17, 2017, 10:54:50 pm »
Thanks for the nice welcome, Garry.

I followed your advice and uploaded the complete folders here.
PDF Generation / problems with faded CMYK color
« Last post by flomman on July 17, 2017, 09:31:50 pm »
Hi.  I am new to Scribus, but have used Indesign for many years.  I recently ditched Windows and am now running Linux Mint.  It's taken me a little bit to get used to Scribus, but I think I'm getting there :D  I am laying out a fairly complex calendar, and am working to a deadline.  I just got to the point where I am ready to print the first stage proofs, and when I exported to PDF, all the colors were washed out and faded.  I figured it was a color profile issue, downloaded the Adobe color profiles and installed them in the right folder.  Now I have set  the color profiles to US Web Coated (SWAP), which I think is what I was using in Indesign.  There is a marginal improvement, but the colors are still very faded and washed out.  I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.  I never had to mess with this stuff in indesign, it just worked out of the box, so I don't have too much experience here.  When I export the pdf for screen/web, everything is fine, but as soon as I export for print, the results are as I have described.  With Color Management enabled, the colors are bad in Scribus too.  Can anyone give me any pointers?  Thanks so much!
Beginner Talk / Re: Scribus can't find Dejavu fonts
« Last post by a.l.e on July 17, 2017, 12:24:16 pm »
ok, after a few tests, i have an update:

- debian testing has freetype 2.8.0, which does not has the bug affecting the way dejavu is seen by scribus.
- scribus will not automatically recognize again dejavu, you first have to manually force scribus to re-create the font cache by
  - quitting scribus,
  - removing (or, better renaming) the ~/.config/scribus/checkfonts150.xml file
  - starting scribus
- debian stable (stretch, debian 9) still has 2.6.3 and i'm not sure if it will ever get 2.6.5+ (the ones without the bug)
- the relevant bug in debian was ... closed.

personally, if you're not using your computer as a server, i would suggest you to use debian testing instead of debian stable for desktop usage.

hope that helps...
Beginner Talk / Re: Scribus can't find Dejavu fonts
« Last post by a.l.e on July 17, 2017, 11:47:24 am »
the workaround would be to compile the newest freetype and then scribus by linking to it.

personally, i would not do it.

i can try to ping our debian maintainer and see if he has a clue, why the update of freetype has not been accepted yet...
PDF Generation / Re: Converting Text to Paths?
« Last post by a.l.e on July 17, 2017, 11:45:16 am »
i'm not exactly a computer god, but i know most people (me included) make errors when using computers. thank you.

and i know that if you correctly download the correct scribus installer and your windows is not broken, the current scribus development version will work on a windows computer.
many people (myself not included) have done it in the past and are doing it right now somewhere around the world.

so: you're doing something wrong.
whether you like it or not.

and the error might simply be, that you forgot to tell us that scribus crashes when opening a specific document and "crashes before it even loads" refers to that document and not scribus itself.

live long and prosper
PDF Generation / Re: Color management problem in PDF export with Scribus 1.5.3
« Last post by GarryP on July 17, 2017, 09:38:23 am »
Welcome to the forum Servatius.

I don't use CM myself so I'll let one of the CM experts handle your question but I have a bit of advice about sharing Scribus documents that might be useful.

If you want to share a Scribus document with someone - or on the forum - you should use the "File -> Collect For Output" function.
By using this function you can gather all of the resources needed by the document together in one folder. This includes the SLA file, images, fonts, and colour profiles - remember to check the relevant check-boxes in the dialog. (Basically the function makes a copy of all of the resources in a new folder.)
By sharing the collected output you are giving whoever you are sharing it with a complete copy of the document along with everything that's needed without any further downloading or substitution.

Sharing the document in this way makes it much easier for people to figure out what a problem is without having to gather resources from other places and/or make guesses about various settings.

I hope this helps and that someone can help with the issue you've raised.
Beginner Talk / Re: Scribus can't find Dejavu fonts
« Last post by jsandoval on July 16, 2017, 10:28:39 pm »
Thanks for the answer. I'll check the bugs for a +1.

┬┐Is there any workaround?. I tried downloading the fonts and messing a little with the path but I haven't solved anything.
General Discussion / Re: Scribus: Best choice for my purpose?
« Last post by MarkEDixon on July 16, 2017, 08:59:46 pm »
Thanks to everyone who replied.  Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I don't know how to place large photos in a two-column format, rather than that it can't be done.  I'll do some studying before I continue.
PDF Generation / Color management problem in PDF export with Scribus 1.5.3
« Last post by Servatius on July 16, 2017, 08:54:11 pm »
I found a difference in color management of Scribus 1.5.3 compared to version 1.4.6 when exporting a document to PDF. I am not sure whether this is a bug or whether Scribus 1.5.3 just works different. I have prepared two small test documents to show the differences.

The document CMTest-1.4.6.sla was created with Scribus 1.4.6. It combines 4 images with embedded ICC profiles from the ICC v4 test page of the International Color Consortium. The document setup has color management enabled, uses Adobe RGB for RGB (both images and solid colors) and uses Coated FOGRA27 for CMYK (both images and solid colors). The PDF Export settings use PDF/X-3, they use the color profile Adobe RGB for solid colors and embedded color profiles for images (as all four test images have embedded profiles). The pre-press output profile is Coated FOGRA27.

The document CMTest-1.5.3.sla was created by opening CMTest-1.4.6.sla in Scribus 1.5.3 and immediately storing it under the new name. So it has the same document setup as described for CMTest-1.4.6.sla.

When I export CMTest-1.4.6.sla to CMTest-1.4.6.pdf from Scribus 1.4.6, PDF Reader shows all four sub-images correctly.

When I export CMTest-1.5.3.sla to CMTest-1.5.3.pdf from Scribus 1.5.3, PDF reader is not able to show the correct colors. The lower left and upper right sub-images are wrong.

Interestingly, both PDF files show correctly in Firefox (with gfx.color_management.enablev4 set to true on about:config). So the embedded profiles of the four sub-images seem to be present, but in a way that Adobe Reader does not recognise them in CMTest-1.5.3.pdf.

I am about to finish my first real document in Scribus, and as I chose version 1.5.3, I am concerned whether the document colors will be shown correctly when I give it to the print service.

I would be grateful if somebody could please check and explain what is going on here.

PS: I attached the sample documents here. For the four test images, please open in your browser and store them from there (store each quadrant of the big picture separately).

- Servatius
PDF Generation / Re: Converting Text to Paths?
« Last post by abizrihays on July 16, 2017, 06:49:48 pm »
the you're doing something wrong.

probably, trying to run a 64 bit application on a 32 bit OS...
or you did not download scribus from the official scribus download site (by following the links on .

I'm not exactly part of Geek Squad, but I know my computer, thank you.  The program itself worked fine when I opened new projects, or projects that were considerably smaller in size, but not my main one.

Anyway, I think I found a way around it.  Still testing out my theories, but will update if it proves correct.
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