I was following this guide on producing a layered PDF from QGIS, but somewhere along the way I seem to miss something. Exporting layers via the composer into a svg works fine, also loading the svg into scribus, splitting the groups and shifting the polygons to a new layer works.

The exported PDF even contains layers, but these don't disappear when being turned off. For reasons of reproducibility, here is also the scribus file.

Perhaps my question should be attached to Can QGIS preserve layers when exporting to PDF? from 2015.

Trying this under Win7, using QGis 2.18.11, Scribus 1.5.2 and Acrobat Reader XI.

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    seems to be a bug in scribus: bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=14978
    – a.l.e
    Commented Nov 22, 2017 at 12:39
  • With QGIS 3.10 this question is outdated.
    – Erik
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 14:13
  • if it now works, can you please also comment in the ticket in the scirbus bugtracker?
    – a.l.e
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 16:32
  • @a.l.e Sorry, the question is outdated so far, that QGIS itself can produce layered PDF using the latest LTR. Whether the bug in Scribus is gone or not, I don't know.
    – Erik
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 16:52
  • ok, thanks for the information.
    – a.l.e
    Commented May 4, 2020 at 17:08


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