If you've ever wondered why people say tools like Scribus aren't ready for professional production work let me share this blog post by @davidrevoy


This should be a slam dunk. David knows what he's doing and One Bookshelf provides instructions that clearly show how to produce a PDF to their specifications.

We need to do better, folks. Color Profiles that work for everyone except FOSS tools are unacceptable. Period. There are no excuses for this.

If you want FOSS tools to still be the "I pay for it with my time because my time is meaningless" then we don't need to change a thing. Keep on making it so folks have to play some perverse roulette to ensure that things work with outside printers and publishers.

But if we're ever going to show that we're just as good as the professional tools then we need to start emulating all of the imperfections of those tools. Specs be damned, if everyone else figured it out so can we.

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I've seen this with other independent creators where they use Scribus to print their book, only to get a mangled proof back that takes longer to sort out.

You know what they did to solve the problem? Did they file bugs and wait for patches? Nope. They bought InDesign because Scribus lost them over a month's worth of sales and they couldn't afford to keep puttering around with Scribus to make it work.

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This is why professionals say FOSS tools like Scribus aren't ready for production work. Until it's fire and forget every recommendation of FOSS tools is just someone saying "please use this thing to satiate my religious convictions and pay for it with months of your time and missed income".

The nice ones tell you no.

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@craigmaloney good luck forking projects to fix that problem though. 😅

I'm given to thinking the reason these issues never get fixed is because those inclined to do so experience a ridiculous level of pushback from a vocal minority and think "screw it, I'll just dual-boot Windows because that's less of a hassle"


@trechnex I don't want to fork it, I want to get it fixed. I'm tired of hand-waving this away. I think we can do better.

(And yes, I know your history with forking the other CMYK beast that starts with G and I can empathize with how much of a struggle getting something simple implemented can be)

@craigmaloney fun fact: That application doesn't actually support the CMYK colourspace.

A plugin called Separate looks promising though!

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