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Powerful desktop publishing software

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Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux, BSD UNIX, Solaris, OpenIndiana, GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design.

Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and spot colors, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation.

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    the following is in reply to sun-king's earlier post of 03/13/2015 … thanks. sun_king … you owe it to yourself by trying the software again … this next time, take a step back … look at the majority of the open-source software out there. now compare the program with the releases the big giants push out. adobe 'n quark 'n microsoft 'n aldus … these companies have had decades to refine their products and to present an image of how efficient 'n stout software can be. these companies know what the industry needs. these companies know how to drain consumers' pockets. these companies know how to market! scribus comes along … they have a vision … the boys are slowly making reality out of simple concept. it's free, sun-king … it's free … cannot find better incentive than that. tell you truthfully, i took one look at your rant and burst out laughing. who would post content on the internet without using spell-check? <shrugging> anyway … you're entitled to your opinion … and you've had your say. you did, in your own incredulous way, point out some issues that made scribus catch their breath … least that's what i see in their latest release. couple other points woulda' been helpful … which version did you download 'n install … which operating system were you installing the product on … and what do you miss most of pagemaker? i got sad news for you, friend … pagemaker is not coming back. in fact … i'm not sure for how long quark will stay in the ring. word on the street says they got real issues with rgb conversions to cmyk. publisher … i actually think scribus could pull the wool over microsoft. as i was saying earlier … come back and give scribus an honest try … not a try out of desperation … but put your energy into the program's features and lack-there-of. scribus is not a bad program … it stands to become a serious contender. adobe is laughing right now … but that doesn't mean jack-squat in the world of publishing. you know the old saying, sun-king … the higher they stand … the harder they fall. anyway … read their "readme" file … i believe the link is "" the identical file was packaged with my version (1.52) … i decided to be daring and installed the developer release. apparently … even with their latest release, they still mandate installation of ghost-script or whatever it's called. why did i not choose the stable 1.4.6 release? because i been working with indesign 'n quark 'n pagemaker 'n publisher since forever. after you take out the nuts 'n bolts … they're all fairly similar. anyway … poke your ahead inside their forum again 'n get get your feet wet. signing off … pj.

    Posted 01/02/2017
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    5-star It's an excellent software with plenty of useful features! Appreciated the author(s) and contributors

    Posted 05/17/2015
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    Posted 12/26/2014
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    I just recently tried to compile Scripus Windoze port with Msys/gcc 4 7 and 8, just to discover that the build system turned completely MSVC specific. Tried the MSVC built binaries, O.K. it worked but were a bit skuggish, tended to freeze/choke, at some points. Then dropped a MINGW 4.8 fully compiled/cpu optimized cairo built without gtk specs in the scribus bin folder and that increased Scribus handling speed by hundred's of percents, while eliminating all awkward behaviours. Great project, but recommended to sack MSVC Win building ports altogether.

    Posted 11/26/2014
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Additional Project Details

Intended Audience

Education, Advanced End Users, End Users/Desktop, Other Audience

User Interface

X Window System (X11), Win32 (MS Windows), Cocoa (MacOS X), Qt

Programming Language

Python, C++




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