Scribus Portable

Scribus Portable

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.3.3.11
File Size:
65.54MB
Date Added:
June 06, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
19,624
Downloads Last Week:
10
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP

Editors' review

Scribus offers up a freeware desktop publisher that lacks the polish of more popular, pay-for-use programs. What it lacks in pretty design, though, it more than makes up for with a full complement of useful features that compare very favorably against more expensive competition.

The detailed Web site includes a wealth of documentation, tutorials (some with video), and notes on everything from installation problems to drawing a grid to creating a text frame. We found it an invaluable resource when testing the application. There wasn't much jazz to the interface, but all the major beats were present: buttons were laid out logically and grouped according to function, without any unusual placement.

Scribus does have some oddities, mostly related to the scaling of imported images, but there's something else about it that's far more interesting: it painlessly brings in documents from the OpenOffice.org suite and it uses The GIMP for image editing. By taking advantage of these other freeware apps to boost its own productivity, Scribus enhances its appeal by forming a virtual freeware suite. We highly recommend this app to anyone who needs the power of expensive tools but can't afford them.

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  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current Version:

    4.3

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent open source software !"

    April 07, 2011   |   By William_Berzoff

    Version: Scribus Portable 1.3.3.14

    Pros

    Fully featured desktop publishing program.
    Good community support.
    Being actively developed.
    Doesn't cost anything.

    Cons

    Maybee I am not patient enough, but I found the learning curve a bit steep.

    Summary

    Besides the things mentioned above I can say that since CNET reviewed it several years have passed and Scribus has evolved nicely and improved a lot. You can use it to design your own business cards or a pamphlet for your community center, or a brochure. The program comes with many very nice templates to start you off with, and if you want more of them you can download them from their community site.
    The price is right as it doesn't cost you anything - since it is open source software. They cover their expenses (website, development) with donations from grateful users.
    Highly recommended both for people who like to try new things out and serious designers too.

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