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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  • Every three months I produce the magazine of my genealogy association. I started from scratch to use Scribus. An easy choice because I prefer using Linux and than Scribus is free. I had to learn a lot but now after 4 issues of the magazine (30+ pages in color) I feel rather confident using Scribus. I never tried another DTP-application before so I have no comparison but I must say that I am rather impressed by what I can achieve with this free application. It is clear that is is under development still and that development is not very fast. I use Scribus-svn-1.5.4.

  • I had to read some tutorials but afterwards I was able to make a very nice poster. I like this software a lot and will make every effort to learn it even more. Scribus - Gimp and Inkscape are the best trio for artsy fartsy things :)

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  • Not to defend anyone who was ranting pnamajck, but your comment "i took one look at your rant and burst out laughing. who would post content on the internet without using spell-check? " could be answered by he was using Scribus to compose his rant since there is NO SPELL CHECK in scribus! OMG! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE SCRIBUS! but seriously? no spell check? And don't give me the open source spell check will work find BS story. It's not compiled and in a windows world that is the kiss of death. Really? A desktop publishing program with no way to check spelling? I'm sorry, but that is one serious setback IMHO. Compared to CMYK and Postscript, etc.. spell check should be a walk in the park programming-wise. Minus 2 stars for lack of spell check alone. And if compiling aspell is SOOoooo easy then do it and offer it as a "plug-in" or what have you, but don't expect your users to be programmers.

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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++