Desktop Publishing

There’s always a need to generate leaflets, marketing stuff and the like.

Anyway, Inkscape is the best program (Open Source anyway) to get the job done. Save as PDF output until SVG becomes common as muck.

The only problem is PDF size, which becomes a bit unwieldy with Inkscape, especially when you’re using a lot of bitmaps. A PDF I have here could be reduced in size from over 20Mb to under 2Mb without any noticeable loss of quality before printing by using Ghostscript. I was using the Windows 64-bit version, and here’s the batch file I was using:

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@ECHO OFF

REM set GSWIN=gswin32c
set GSWIN=gswin64c

REM set PDFSETTING=/screen
REM set PDFSETTING=/ebook
REM set PDFSETTING=/printer
set PDFSETTING=/prepress
REM set PDFSETTING=/default

%GSWIN% -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -dPDFSETTINGS=%PDFSETTING% -sOutputFile=%1.optimised.pdf %1
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