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Spilly,

I would recommend you download the dev version 1.5.5 and try it again to see if it resolves your issue.


I tried your .sla file you posted in 1.5.5, while I dont have the bahnschrift font, when I exported to PDF it created the PDF correctly.... and "searchable".
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Scripts and Plugins / Re: Quit Scribus via. Scripter API
« Last post by digirew on Today at 02:17:57 am »
I looked at that api page high and low and did not see it, thanks for pointing it out.

Just tried it and works like a charm.



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I'm VERY pleased to read your reply
as I really can't accept my results to date

I've simply downloaded the stable 1.4.8 version, accepted defaults, and created the test PDF you've seen

I added a few styles in F3 style manager, but no more than that

My first excursion into Scribus was to patch an advertiser's copy for which I only had a PNG of the advert
The copy was WHITE text on BLACK background and the original phone no was wrong
but parts of the ad were a distorted, stretched image of an unknown font, so oo-er  :o

I hammed a similar advert up more or less to scale in MS Word, swapping fonts until they matched the figures I needed to change.
After that it was easy - put an opaque rectangle over the bad text; and place good text in WHITE font on transparent background over the top -  :D :D
That gave me clues about how the DTP system works - the key is the Style Manager methinks
-------

I've been looking for a way to export my Scribus styles, but haven't found one yet.
(Makes you thankful for MS Excel & Word's Help files doesn't it?... AND the forums & MVP guys too of course)

All I've done is create a text frame on a blank page and type the rubbish text you see, formatted into 4 paragraphs
NB The First para is a No Style string of characters, followed by Newline;
the other paras use a defined style, of which I have three altogether.

The fonts were all collected from Win 10's fonts folder,

To create the PDF I just did File>Export>Save As... PDF, with everything in that dialog at default settings

I attach as a single set of 5 small files in use
    The .SLA story
    • a Snip of the Story editor
    • Snips of the both tabs in the Default para editor
    the PDF result I create from that

I am very grateful for your interest and hope to hear more soon

spilly



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PDF Generation / Re: Can Scribus create a SEARCHABLE PDF? Are there workarounds?
« Last post by utnik on September 24, 2020, 11:17:22 pm »
hi spilly

your .pdf file looks very strange. some of the characters are combinations of overlapping vector shapes – and there aren't any embedded fonts at all (neither fully embedded nor as subsets…)
scribus generated .pdf files are usually searchable (as long as you didn't outline the text.)

i don't know what went wrong here.

utnik
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PDF Generation / Re: Can Scribus create a SEARCHABLE PDF? Are there workarounds?
« Last post by Spilly on September 24, 2020, 10:16:59 pm »
@digirew  PDF sample now posted of what you generously called my "publication"  :D :D :D

Apologies to Mr Moderator for not reading the posting rules properly.
I won't re-offend

My issue about rendering was with Arial Regular 12pt
as in the the repeated lilliputs at the end of my sample PDF

It's the adverse visual impact that I want to resolve. Can't sensibly put that on the web, can I?
The paper print is fine, as you say

BahnSchrift is a local TrueType font on my std Win 10 box, loaded from the system, and with subset unchecked...
... thinking about that, I haven't restarted Scribus since the time I unchecked some Subset chkboxes
Might that be relevant?

The PDF Export dialog says Bahnshrift is embedded, and Arial is Outlined
All other dialog options are at default settings


As a DTP newbie I don't understand what you might mean by "the text is set in a good stream"....?


I'm using stable version; wd you recommend trying the current dev??

spilly

 
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PDF Generation / Re: Can Scribus create a SEARCHABLE PDF? Are there workarounds?
« Last post by Spilly on September 24, 2020, 09:39:16 pm »
Well, what I mean by Searchable is, however you VIEW the file, (Browser, or locally using a local PDF Reader app)
I expect to be be able to do Ctrl/F (or CMD/F) for the search dialog
to enter a single word I can read that obviously isn't an image
and for the dialog to find and select that word
so that I can COPY it to the clipboard and paste it into any Text Editor

You can't do that with a PNG, obviously, but I don't know how in Scribus
to create a PDF searchable as above.
SO I can't do it on my PDF

as attached

Thank you v much for such a prompt reply

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PDF Generation / Re: Can Scribus create a SEARCHABLE PDF? Are there workarounds?
« Last post by a.l.e on September 24, 2020, 09:30:50 pm »
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if i recall correctly, scribus does not yet fully supports variable fonts... and bahnschrift can be a variable font (depending which version you download from where).

you can check in the pdf export dialog what scribus does with the font.

but the problem might also be that the text is set in a good stream.
in that case you can use software like ghostscript (or probably adobe acrobat) to improve the flow of the chars.
sometimes / often, scribus tends to place each character individually.

if you can upload a sample pdf, it's a bit easier to check what the exact problems is...

A2

no, i don't think you can do much there.

Edit: about the messed up "ll": they will print correctly, and i think that the development version of scribus is less likely to produce such artifacts.

A0

please, one question per post : - )
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Scripts and Plugins / Re: Quit Scribus via. Scripter API
« Last post by a.l.e on September 24, 2020, 09:21:39 pm »
yes:

http://impagina.org/scribus-scripter-api/dialog/#filequit

if you're starting scribus to run a specific script and then want to quit, there is a command line switch to get scribus to quit once it's done.
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PDF Generation / Re: Can Scribus create a SEARCHABLE PDF? Are there workarounds?
« Last post by digirew on September 24, 2020, 09:12:25 pm »
Spilly,

Not quite sure if I understand. Any PDF you create with scribus should be "searchable", as its not an image.

If you want to upload a PDF of your publication to view/search online, you need to look into one of those page flipping services. Take a look at this one used by many publications: https://flipdocs.com/
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PDF Generation / Can Scribus create a SEARCHABLE PDF? Are there workarounds?
« Last post by Spilly on September 24, 2020, 08:59:38 pm »
I'm a DTP newbie as well as a Scribus newbie, but an old hand in IT
(60 years since - honest!)

I'm trying to help the new editor of our Village Magazine
- imaginative, very enthusiastic, but hasn't a clue about how PCs & software work

I have TWO questions

Q1
I want to put our mag publication on the village website.
I want that file to be a SEARCHABLE PDF file, just like 99% of the PDFs on the web
All I've been able to create in Scribus so far is a PDF wrapper of images of text

CAN Scribus create such a PDF?
Is there a workaround?
What other software would we need to create such a PDF?

The environment we use is Windows 10, with bags of space and adequate CPU & RAM

Q2
The unsearchable PDF I currently create renders very well using a browser
but the Gold Standard PDF software does a rubbish job.
Words like lilliput are an on screen disgrace.

Thinking about it I reckon the problem is caused because the "text" is seen by PDF as images
so the text and font settings in Reader make no difference

Why are browsers so much better than Reader?
See 3 screen snips attached, all at 100% zoom from Chrome, Edge & Reader

Can I change anything in Scribus to improve this
WHat have I not done?

spilly

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