[texhax] Using LuLu

Alister Mitchell alister.mitchell at btinternet.com
Fri Mar 16 12:58:56 CET 2012

Many thanks William, I shall trawl the list archives!


Alister J Mitchell GM3UDL
(Glasgow Scotland)

-----Original Message----- 
From: William Adams
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2012 11:48 AM
To: TeXhax
Cc: Alister Mitchell
Subject: Re: [texhax] Using LuLu

On Mar 15, 2012, at 12:59 PM, Alister Mitchell wrote:

> Can anyone give me some practical advice on using LuLu (etc.) to print 
> PDFs produced by LaTeX and friends?

Lots of discussion on this previously.

> I use the Memoir class and have lots of floating and fixed diagrams, 
> tables and pictures, all of which come out in the PDF nicely.  The LuLu 
> site appears to indicate that with the right setup, it can cope, but the 
> nature of these tweaks/options is unclear.  I dared to ask a simple 
> question about it on the LuLu bulletin board and received a most unhelpful 
> reply from someone who didn't even understand "stock size" or "type block" 
> and accused me of being 20 years out of date!  I was not happy.

That person is an excellent example of why I despise vanity presses and the 
sort of person they attract.

Read _Foucault's Pendulum_ by Umberto Eco for an amusing take on how to 
handle that sort of person.

> So, If anyone has used LuLu to print their typeset PDFs, please let me 
> know how you did it.

Use OpenType fonts, embed completely if possible or use pdflatex and the 
package to make the files PDF/A compliant.

Mostly it just works, but since Lulu sends stuff out to sub-contractors, 
glitches may arise w/ a specific sub, then vanish when another is used.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications
Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow. 

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