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Clarifications about Scribus

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on November 22, 2005 04:38 AM

Some clarifications:

  • Scribus in version 1.3.1+ can support device-N colors aka spot colors in both printing, EPS export and PDF export. There is, in theory, no limit to the number of spot colors in a file, just your budget<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:) This is done entirely within Scribus with no external support and needs no manipulation with other applications. That they are conformant to the published specs is easily proven by the ease in which spot color PDF and EPS are imported into other professional pre-press tools like Enfocus PitStop.

  • Within Scribus all colors, including spot colors can be named as wished by end users. These spot colors can be defined in both RGB and CMYK color spaces.

  • Spot Colors!=Pantone (tm) The concept of spot colors, more properly called deviceN, themselves are part of the published Postscript and PDF standards as released by Adobe. DeviceN has been a part of the PDF spec since PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4.x). This is neither a Pantone (tm) copyright nor patented.

There has been much FUD and mis-information spread about the concept of spot colors and F/OSS. The high level of supprt for deviceN in Scribus amply shows it can be done without infringing any patents or copyrights, however valid or invalid those might be.

Put me down as respectfully asking journalists on and off-line to contact developers in advance of publication. We can assure facts are correct and up to date. This spoiled an otherwise clear and concise story.



Scribus Team


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