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PDF Generation / Re: PDF parsing error at print office
« Last post by Drakefin on Today at 05:50:23 pm »
Wow Thank You alot for your replies!! You are really helping me out.

I can give You the WeTransfer Link the print office got from me, but it contains alot of pictures and cheesy fairy tale stuff - so brace yourself ;) :

https://we.tl/M7mlom2RBz

Will be available till August 22nd. That is the first 'bad' version they had problems with, with only 243 MB in size. And ye @GarryP, I somehow had the same assumption first, since all I heard about scribus was positive stuff. But let's see what you experts say about the PDF.

Thanks a ton again :]
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF parsing error at print office
« Last post by GarryP on Today at 03:58:17 pm »
Welcome to the forum Drakefin.

This isn't my area at all so I can't really give any useful comments or advice but I vaguely remember that, a while ago, on a few occasions, someone said their print shop was refusing to use PDFs created by Scribus because their printer/software didn't like anything that wasn't created using "official" software (e.g. Adobe, even though they no longer own the format).

From my hazy memory I seem to remember that the software checked the "PDF Producer" information and simply threw out anything that it didn't have in it's list of official creators. Something to do with Adobe strong-arming the hardware suppliers or some such. I could easily be wrong about that though.

A quick search of the forum brought this up http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,1880.0.html but I don't think it's entirely relevant. Maybe another forum member can remember/find the posts I'm thinking of.

If you could try and ask the print shop for the exact errors/warnings that are being seen, and exactly what software/hardware they're using - without sounding like you're saying it could be their fault - then someone might be able to give more specific help.
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF parsing error at print office
« Last post by utnik on Today at 03:39:11 pm »
hi drakefin
i wonder if you have somehow disabled the embedding of the pictures.
no idea if and how one could do that.

afaik there's no official way to export to .pdf without images.
…but you could remove the images (or the .sla file) before the export and ignore the warning about missing images. (but i hope, this is not what happend with your file…)

utnik
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PDF Generation / Re: PDF parsing error at print office
« Last post by a.l.e on Today at 02:47:19 pm »
scribus in any version will embed your picture in the pdf.

there is no other way of doing it.

i wonder if you have somehow disabled the embedding of the pictures.
no idea if and how one could do that.
and if it would be possible, i wouldn't expect any traces of the images in the pdf.

if you can share the pdf and eventually the .sla collected for output, we can have a look at it...

ciao
a.l.e
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PDF Generation / PDF parsing error at print office
« Last post by Drakefin on Today at 12:40:12 pm »
Greetings lovely scribus community,

I am an amateur at graphics design and started my involutary career with the task of making a wedding magazine for a friend of mine. After weeks of sweat and tears I finally got a 24 page magazine, made in scribus with the settings the print office suggested (ICC profile, margins, cutting, CMYK).

I made the whole magazine on my ubuntu system and scribus 1.4.x (stable branch) and exported the PDF in PDF 1.3 as requested by the office, resulting in a pdf with 250MB size.
They replied to me that the pdf is corrupted, giving them parsing errors due to not correctly embedded pictures. To verify that I installed the trial version of Adobe Illustrator, and got indeed a warning when opening my PDF file - but the PDF opened nevertheless.

After some research I found out that scribus in version 1.4.x does not include the whole pictures, just the paths to it. So I installed the dev version 1.5.x which should embed the pictures correctly. I did so and got a 1.5 GB big PDF file with the same export settings as in scribus version 1.4.x - so I thought its correct this time, but after opening the 1.5 GB PDF in Adobe Illustrator again I got the same warning as before.

So my question is: How can I verify if my PDF is correct this time, or if its just a random warning that can be ignored. Is there a way for me to check if the images are embedded correctly and with good quality in my PDF? How comes the images are not embedded correctly after all - even with version 1.4.x - since scribus is supposed to make print ready PDFs. I can't really relate to the complaints of the printing office, but I also don't know which software they are using.

Can You help me please? Thanks alot :)
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Beginner Talk / Re: Tilting or Skewing Text
« Last post by a.l.e on Today at 12:05:23 pm »
yep, well done garry!
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Beginner Talk / Re: Tilting or Skewing Text
« Last post by GarryP on Today at 11:58:38 am »
It's worth pointing a few things out. (I've described things way more basically than reality but it's good enough for this explanation.)

1. A font contains a selection of glyphs, each glyph representing the vectors that are used to display a single character.

2. When you add text to a text frame, Scribus draws each character by looking up the relevant glyph in the font and drawing the character using the vector description provided by that glyph.

3. While the text is in a text frame, Scribus can only draw the glyphs for that text by referencing the vectors in the font.

4. You can apply some changes, such as colour and size of the glyphs, but these are just "after effects" that are applied to the glyphs as a whole. The drawn character always reflects the vector description given in the font. (Note that Scribus has no Bold or Italic options.)

5. In order to change the visible construction of text you need to convert the text to outlines, menu "Item -> Convert To -> Outlines". This function extracts the vector description of each glyph from the font and creates a vector shape that has the same construction.

6. Converting text to outlines means that the link to the font is lost and so the text cannot be edited in the "normal" way. You can think of it as the visible text is now a shape that looks like text rather than being "actual" text.

7. Once you have converted text to outlines you can apply any of the Scribus vector tools to it. This includes skewing and other transformations.

8. Skewing and Perspective are two different transformations.

9. A Skew - which can be applied via menu "Item -> Transform" - (sometimes called Shear Mapping) is where you move one side of a shape along a line that is parallel to the opposite side. The side of the shape that is moved, and its opposite, remain the same length but the other two sides get longer or shorter depending on the transformation applied.

10. A Perspective transformation - via menu "Item -> Path Tools -> Mesh Distortion" - is where the entire shape is deformed by moving one or more points of the shape's boundary box. (A perspective transform would really be a subset of a mesh distortion since only certain transformations are possible under what the rules of perspective allow.)

11. I think what you were asking for to "tilt text" was a 3D transformation which Scribus cannot perform. You can spoof it - up to a point, and not very accurately - by using the mesh distortion but Scribus has no concept of the third dimension beyond layering and the ordering of objects on those layers.

I hope what I've said above has been some help to people coming at this from scratch and has answered your question a bit more completely.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Tilting or Skewing Text
« Last post by a.l.e on Today at 09:41:52 am »
afaik, scribus does not offer any option to modify the way characters are rendered by the font.

so, no, you cannot skew the text. at least not without converting it first to outlines.
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Beginner Talk / Re: 360 Deg or 0.00?
« Last post by a.l.e on Today at 09:38:37 am »
i'm curious here: which difference would you expect?
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Beginner Talk / Tilting or Skewing Text
« Last post by James Glover on Today at 04:56:16 am »
Is it possible to tilt text? Not rotate it, but perspective skew (lean) selected text forward or backward so that the top of the text is wider or smaller than the bottom.

Thanks
James
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