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    "Would not install"

    February 2, 2012  |   By lmonteros


    There are no pros to software that cannot be completely installed.


    Would not install without Ghostscript & link to Ghostscript was outdated, so I could not install Ghostscript unless I wanted to take the time to look for it, and I don't.


    This program is not for mid-level computer users like myself, let alone the low-level users for whom I am testing publishing software.

    I could not even get it installed. It would not finish installation without Ghostscript & link to Ghostscript was outdated. The "ReadMe" file--which only opens after you start the installation so you don't know until then you need Ghostscript--had such involved instructions that I didn't want to go further. I know the folks I'm testing this for wouldn't be able to handle it at all.

    A pop-up saying I need Ghostscript also appeared on my desktop, but it was nearly unreadable because the window was so small and would not allow me to expand it.

    I have downloaded a lot from CNET and this is by far the worst experience I've had. I might not mind going through this for a really great program, but my friends would not be able to handle it at all.

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  • Reply by ziggggy53 on April 16, 2012

    I installed Scribus without problems on Windows XP. GhostScript is not needed to install Scribus, and if you read the "ReadMe" file Scribus was already installed. If you got the popup warning from Scribus you additionally had Scribus running. (GhostScript is required for some PDF and other Postscript functions, but not to run basic Scribus operations.)

    The link provided to Ghostscript is generic and shows some associated software first. If you had scrolled down the page you would have seen the Windows 32 bit and 64 bit installer executables, labeled with the prefix "GS".

    In short, you were very close to a working system, but you did not explore enough to complete the process. I hope that others are not distracted by your review, which has almost nothing to do with the software in question.

    I would encourage everyone to ask questions at the Scribus support page if they have any problems with the install process.

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