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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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design 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 3 / 5
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  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    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.

    Posted 01/19/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    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
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Very good results when you take the time to master the tool. This is obviously different and more complex than a word processor, but the documents are very nice at the end. Used with graphics from gimp.

    Posted 05/31/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    A lot of work went into creating a very poor, non-intuitive program that doesn't do simple tasks like changing font size in a text window. I spent over 30 minutes just trying to change from the default size to a larger size. Nothing I tried worked except uninstalling this dud.

    Posted 05/14/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    It has a lot of features but is totally non-intuitive. Seriously, you have to load it with colors. Really? Desktop publishing that has only 7 or 8 native colors?? Look - there are 4 basic things you need to do with desktop publishing. 1: Format text. 2: Format shapes. 3: Format pictures. 4: Arrange them on a page. These things should be EASY to find and to do, and they are not with Scribus. You should be able to highlight text and format it, as simply as I just said it. But you can't. And I still don't know how to change the color of a shape. I am sure there are those who have taken the time to conform their minds to how the software works and have gotten great results. God bless you. But for me, Scribus stands in the way of my projects rather than facilitates getting them done.

    Posted 04/10/2016
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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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