Am Dienstag, 23. März 2010 17:14:12 schrieb Chris Mohler:
> On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM, bennettjon <> wrote:
> > I think you are right...but it affects all of us as Gimp users, as we are
> > creating images in Gimp that we ultimately want to use in PDF docs.
> A shot in the dark - have you tried using OpenOffice instead of Word?
> Create a new doc, paste in (or insert) your image, then File->Export PDF.

Most PDF exporters have some options (mostly hidden away deeply inside some 
obscure menus). Example: When you export to PDF from, you can do either 
directly or via the menu entry in the File menu. The difference being that the 
direct conversion does not pop up an option window while the menu one does. 
This option window enables the user, amongst other things, to specify how 
images are to be embedded in the PDF. Mostly, with some converters, this 
defaults to low-quality "PDF-for-WWW-download" (something like 72dpi for the 

CutePDF on Windows can be controlled, too (right-click, properties, common, 
printer settings, paper/quality, extended options lets you set the dpi for 
embedding graphics - default should be 600dpi which is good for photo, but may 
be much too low for graphically rendered text).

Second to dpi would be the compression method used by the PDF, which often 
defaults to JPEG. In Scribus and this can be adjusted in the PDF 
exporter as well.

So my advice would be to look for those options that control the output 
quality of embedded pictures in order to get a better result.

> PS - Scribus also produces quality PDFs, but may not be usable on
> Windows (or it wasn't the last time I checked, but that was quite some
> time ago).

AFAIK, Scribus on Windows is usable (and available in the same version as in 
the Unix world). At least, I do use it when I have no Linux machine at hand... 



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