[scribus] re washed out printout

Terry Todd tlt at badger.tltodd.com
Mon May 19 18:00:14 CEST 2008


Yet another data point here.  I installed fresh install of FreeBSD
7.0-RELEASE on a new PC.  I installed Scribus and a few
other utilities.  I didn't install CUPS or any printer drivers at
all.  I opened up scribus and opened my existing scribus-test.sla
file.  I made no changes to any settings at all in scribus.  Next
I exported to PDF with "Output Intended for:" set to Screen/Web.
The pdf file looks OK viewing it in xpdf.  When I say OK I mean
the colors in the scribus window appear to match those in the xpdf
window.  Next I exported to PDF with "Output Intended for:" set to
printer.  The resultant PDF file is all washed out when viewed with

This should be reproducible by anyone I would think.

Terry Todd

On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 10:02:01AM -0400, Henry Hartley wrote:
> Terry Todd wrote:
> >> 
> >> I would agree with you but there is such a drastic difference that
> >> there is obviously some problem with scribus here.  Fiddling in
> >> gimp shouldn't be required.
> >> 
> I agree with you that this is not an issue that should be fixed by
> editing the image.  I'm not quite ready to blame Scribus yet although
> that's certainly a distinct possibility.
> You say it printed correctly on the HP C5180 from  Did you (or
> are you able to) print to that printer from your previous install?  I
> still think this is a printer issue or at the very least some sort of
> RGB to CMYK conversion thing.  The postscript / non-postscript printer
> issue sounds promising.  Unfortunately the only printers I have to test
> this on is an HP LaserJet 4650 and 4700D.  It prints fine on them.  Are
> you sure you have the latest drivers for the printers where it didn't
> work properly?
> Sorry I can't be any more helpful.  Here's something I wonder about.  If
> you make an image in CMYK and put it in a new Scribus document, will it
> print properly where the RGB version fails and visa versa.  
> -- 
> Henry
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