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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assolutamente imparagonabile sia a QuarkXPress 9.5 che, a maggior ragione, ad Adobe Indesign 6.0 !!! Non si tratta di sapere o non sapere usare il computer (come dicono 'i sapientoni'_alias presuntuosi_del blog!),ma ha voluto fare ed integrare funzioni 'non semplici',ma,anzi ,'complesse',che non era il caso di im- plementare, 'per distinguersi' da Quark e Indesign,che,beninteso hanno un prezzo 'molto alto',ma sono dei Programmi di Desktop Publishing supervalidi e professionali. L'unico punto a favore per Scribus che è 'gra- tis' e proprio per ciò mi sembra che voglia fare 'troppo l'esibizionista', complicando eccessivamente fun- zioni e semplicità di utilizzazione ad ogni livello. Tuttavia grande lode agli sviluppatori ed al loro lavoro, peraltro encomiabile,beninteso! Si vede che chi si è abituato a Scribus lo ha fatto perchè non può permet- tersi di acquistare,giustamente,Quark e Indesign,ma dire che,solo perchè 'gratuito' sarebbe superiore,è un paradosso che deriva appunto dal poter usufruire di uno strumento che 'appaga perchè gratis' e non perchè ha le qualità che avrebbe rispetto ai rivali denigrati perchè costano una cifra!!! Qui sta tutta la verità o la realtà dei fatti e non altro. Almeno questo è il mio parere!

  • Scribus doesn't like the architecture of my Mac. So I look for a version that will work and find no information whatever. I download a zip file, but when it is expanded it is not a Mac application. This website needs a lot of work.

  • After 20 minutes of war against the installer I run it on my PC and later on MAC, can do a really nice PDF shots with Scribus! Thank you

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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++