Exporting to PDF in Scribus

Security

Security in PDFs is so easily circumvented that many people never bother with it. At the most, security settings prevent average users from using the PDF in ways that you would prefer they avoided (You'll notice the default is let uses do what they want)

However, if you want to bother with them, you can set what users can do with the document, and provide passwords for the owner and for users. Those with the owner's password will have no restrictions on what they can do.

Color

If your PDF is intended for online display, selecting Screen / Web will render the output using the RGB color mode. If your PDF is for printing, then select Printer. You can also reduce the size of the file by selecting Grayscale if color is unimportant, or if the output is entirely text.

Pre-Press

This tab only matters if you are creating output that will be professionally printed. Mostly, it is concerned with printing crop, bleed, and registration marks that will guide how the output file is printed and the resulting pages are bound.

The tab gives you the option of creating on-the-fly bleeds (content that goes beyond the edge of the page after it is cropped). However, creating bleeds in this way may mean in the future that you have trouble reproducing the same output. For this reason, unless you have an emergency, you should probably just leave the Use Document Bleeds box checked.

At the bottom of the Pre-Press tab, you also have options for the X-3 version of PDF format. Here, you can set the color management profile you are using and the name of the output file (info string). However, as with bleeds, in the long term you are generally better off setting up color management within the document, and not when you are exporting it.

Choosing the Options to Worry About

All these options may be more than you want to worry about. Fortunately, Scribus' defaults are usually reasonable. By accepting them, you can generally create a PDF that is usable online and will print with low to medium quality results.

However, both online and on the page, you can usually do better. If nothing else, output size remains an issue, either because you want to submit a file as an attachment to a printing house or because you want it to display as quickly as possible on the screen.

No matter how your output will be used, you can tweak your output by refining the options on the General, Viewer, Color, and -- if you insist -- Security tabs. For printing, you should also spend time on the Font and Pre-Press tabs, while for Online purposes, you might want to adjust the options on the Font and Extra tabs. Whatever your purposes, you shold find that Scribus has anticipated most of your needs.

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Bruce Byfield (nanday)

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If you create the PDF files

Anonymous's picture

If you create the PDF files for distribution, it should be noted that Scribus can embed quite a lot of metadata and Mortgage Buyers if you enter it in the document properties.
If you use tools for indexing the metadata of PDF files, it is a good idea to make sure these are filled in.

Metadata

Morten Juhl-Johansen Zölde-Fejer's picture

If you create the PDF files for distribution, it should be noted that Scribus can embed quite a lot of metadata if you enter it in the document properties.
If you use tools for indexing the metadata of PDF files, it is a good idea to make sure these are filled in.

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Color - Screen / Web

David Brown's picture

Your statement "If your PDF is for printing, then select Printer." is true for a particular definition of printing. I suspect that you mean printing with a press, with halftoned separation negs and separate plates.

I'm printing with a color laser printer, and selecting Printer gives me muddy low contrast output. The printed results are much better when I select Screen / Web.

Can scribus do free format html?

Madtom1999's picture

If so please use that. I'm sick and tired of having to print out PDF documents that are effectively useless on a computer screen. My screen is not paper shaped and to me page 4 is the 4th page not the 27 useless introductory pages +4. I do not want to have to keep moving between windows because the PDF is illegible when shrunk so that I can do something else with MY screen.
Pointless Document Format - keeping office computing in the 19thC.