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

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

    Posted 05/17/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This is a dissapointing program as it offers all that any desktop publisher would seem to need but then completely dissapoints by disinformation, lack of essential basic features and a website "how-to" that is out of date referring to features that no longer exist in the current version ! I am like tens of thousands of users of Adobe PageMaker who have seen their favourite program sabotaged by the failure of Adobe to update their product for the current version of Windows; instead choosing to force users to buy "InDesign" a bloated expensive program that does not work, has never worked and probably will never work. What is the dedicated PageMaker pro to do then ??? Wait here is salvation - a knight is shining armour, up to date, working with all current OSs with all the features of the best high end DTP programs AND it's Open Source FREE !! What more could you want ? Unfortunately what you get for free doesn't have any support or even basic guides. YES there IS an online guide but it doesn't apply to the current version and constantly refers to "tabs" and "drop down pallets" that no longer exit - very exasperating. I installed this program then AFTER the install the "installation window" popped up (!!!) saying that BEFORE the install another program had to be installed (why isn't it incorporated with the installation procedure then ?) Ghostscript (a PostScript interpreter) but there is no link to that program. No worries - I found it then redid the installation WITH the GhostScript installed. The first time the program starts up it takes about 30 mins before it starts as it is compiling a font cache from the installed fonts. After that no menu item is accessible. You have to exit the program then restart it. After this you are completely on your own to 'trial and error' it into shape. I wanted to have a rectangle filled with a colour (black) - a VERY simple and basic procedure - but there is no way to do this. The help application does not contain any information that is relevant and is basically a reiteration of the programmers description of the program. An online search via Google reveals information only on the Scribus website which, yet again, only repeats the above descriptive information without giving any specific answer. I am sure that this program is capable of doing great things but it is intent on "shooting itself in the foot" so that it is virtually impossible for the first time user to use. Work on updates and improvements to the program should be halted IMMEDIATELY and instead a searchable help index with SPECIFIC IDENTIFIABLE STEP-BY-STEP information added FOR THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE PROGRAM. Then it will start to be useable.

    Posted 03/13/2015
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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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