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Free discussion / Re: Serif, maker of Affinity
Last post by OSDP - April 11, 2024, 05:31:44 PM
"1. We are committed to fair, transparent and affordable pricing, including perpetual licenses that have contributed to the success of Affinity."

"We know this model has been a key part of the Affinity offering and are committed to continuing to offer perpetual licenses in the future."

"3. We will provide Affinity free of charge to schools and nonprofit associations (NBA)."

See in a few years, the distance or proximity of these two promises.
PDF Generation / Re: Pages have a white line
Last post by PatJr - April 11, 2024, 04:17:17 PM
can you make a sample sla file and post it up?
PDF Generation / Pages have a white line
Last post by Ethnique - April 11, 2024, 01:21:53 PM
I have a document with spreads (ie; facing pages) where an image spans both the left and right pages in the spread. Scribus doesn't allow me to export to PDF with facing pages, so I need to export as single pages and use an external tool for this. Unfortunately the output results in a white line splitting the image in the spreads. Looking closely at the single pages output by Scribus, the left facing pages have a single pixel width white line down the right side. This is what I'm seeing when the pages are merged to spreads. How can I get rid of this white line so that the content on the page goes fully to the edge?
PDF Generation / Re: what is "file / print prev...
Last post by a.l.e - April 11, 2024, 11:33:38 AM
i would guess, that the pdf based print preview gives you results that respect the settings, you have defined in the "export to pdf" dialog.

the "normal" preview, probably just removes all non printable things from the screen...
Beginner Talk / Re: Transparency and proper ex...
Last post by a.l.e - April 11, 2024, 09:02:45 AM
as you wrote, the golden rule is said to be:"talk to your printer".

OSDP suggestion to ask for a pdf proof is for sure a good one!

if the printer does not offer that, keep in mind that the bigger part of the "talking" is about knowing your printer.
and you can do that even without really being able to talk with them.

you can introduce "dangerous" features in small areas, with details that can fail without ruining the whole work.
and, when the product is printed, you will probably be the only one who will notice, if it has been printed correctly or not.
as an example, if you want to test the drop shadows (in a specific color), you can add add a small 1mm x 1mm box in a corner on a meaningless page.
and then, if everything works correctly, use the feature in your next print job.

this having been said, there is one big issue with this workaround:
the printer can change the workflow at any time, without telling you.
and since printers often have "non standard" requirements (the most common one being: pdf 1.4 without transparencies), this can give you a useless pile of paper.
Installation and Setup / Re: Scribus 1.6.1 Dark Mode in...
Last post by AdmFubar - April 11, 2024, 04:34:30 AM
Thought you might like the look of the kvantum-dark

Beginner Talk / Re: Transparency and proper ex...
Last post by OSDP - April 11, 2024, 03:06:08 AM
Quote from: scriber on March 28, 2024, 08:52:05 PMAs I read around, that's the golden rule to ensure result exactly as desired. But for online services, how does that work?

They can submit a digital proof (a .pdf) of your work that you can accept as is or not.

Quote from: scriber on March 28, 2024, 08:52:05 PMAre they usually be able to verify themself with a proof and compare to my digital document (my PDF generated by Scribus)?

In French, for that we have the BAT...

Once the digital document is completed, we will produce the contractual proof that will anticipate the final appearance and conformity of the work (typography, location of illustrations, respect for colors). This document has become «good to draw» will serve as a reference for the printer who will have to respect its aspect. The test is called contractual because it serves as a reference in case of dispute.
Beginner Talk / Re: Transparency and proper ex...
Last post by OSDP - April 11, 2024, 02:47:37 AM
Excuse my bad english. Spontaneously (I have very few experience with printers) I prefer to export cover/poster/work in one image .tiff. Maybe you need adjusting yours settings for best matches rendering of your original .pdf with the .tiff.
Then you can very well export this .tiff into .pdf via scribus if useful.

For me, from what I have read and understand, what can often cause possible problems with a printer, will be "officially" : "the original software source of the document" (...), "fonts", "transparency effects" and "other effects"... An image is by definition "flat" : the possible problems of fonts management, transparencies and effects will not be affected. The only (possible) problem that will remain to be managed, will be related to colorimetry.

For me, a flat image as a page (in your case your cover), will give less potential problems than a .pdf source including effects, raster and vector images with transparencies, + fonts...
But it might require some extra work (to get the .tiff equivalent to what you want).,4349.0.html
PDF Generation / what is "file / print preview"...
Last post by jeepe - April 11, 2024, 12:06:03 AM

I stumbled upon file / print preview by sort of an accident...
later I didn't remember how I got there...  took me an hour to get back there again...

in Scribus 1.5.8 it showed a layer with transparency (a rectangle filled with white at opacity 60% or so) as a fully white rectangle... opacity 100%....

I changed, as we can do this thanks for your developing work, to 1.6...

now it's only PDF or postscript.. (level 1-3)

The PDF version looks as I'd imagine... (right or wrong)
that transparency problem doesn't happen..


a drop shadow effect, of white letters over almost magenta background
look like brownish, and totally crappy....
despite the print preview (CTRL + ALT + p) shows a decent image...
and the exported PDF looks good on my RGB monitor...

So what does this file / print preview even does?
What parts should we take seriously of what we see and what not?

Anyway, I attached two screen shots...
one with "print preview" (CTRL + ALT + p), and one with File / print preview

the example graphic is text over color rectangle.. with dropshadow applied...
black 100% shade opacity 60% blendmode normal

thanks in advance!! :)


Raster and Vector Graphics / Re: Importing an Image into Sc...
Last post by a.l.e - April 09, 2024, 05:11:40 PM
@RodneyLee if you look at the name of the color, it is FromSVG#000000: so it is supposed to be black.

That brown color is a replacement color that is used by Scribus when an error happens with colors.