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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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3 stars

"Not the best thing in the world."

October 15, 2009  |  By bexxiiboop

 |  Version: Scribus Portable


It is pretty easy to fit a picture into a certain area, and the interface is pretty nice. Also, the customisation options on the front page are really useful. The fact that it is free is also a pro.


It takes ages to load, and the tools can get quite annoying after a while.


I personally ended up not using this program again because it was a bit too non-user friendly for my liking. I don't think its that bad for a free program to be honest, but if you need a professional, easy-to-use program I think it's worth buying the better ones.

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5 stars

"Fast, Easy, and Free...the best solution!"

July 14, 2009  |  By eckelsburrows

 |  Version: Scribus Portable


The pro's start with the fact it is free - seriously, I have used publisher and quark and adobe products for years, but that was before I was a lay religous on a fixed income! The interface is definately another thing, compared toother free stuff


I do small runs (under 500 copies) and lots of inkjet or lazer in house. Haven't found any cons yet except for an error message about eps files (which I reported of course)


I had a choice for my 8 page 8.5 x 11 newsletter last quarter. Try to get it together in openoffice writer, use the free no name marketing sofware on the pC, or cobble it together in an old copy of photoshop. Chose photoshop because I had greater control than the other two, but OH, the pain! If you need to do professional print, books, brochures, signs and you are pretty sure you'll be getting them professionally printed when the depression ends, get it now and enjoy. Scribus is powerful but even a novice can use the help feature, groups, and practce to create really great stuff. The pro's suddenly without all the fancy stuff can still work and produce just as well without having to sacrifice the entire severance check. Companies trying to bring such design in house can do so without having to break the bank. Great product!

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5 stars

"Easily a competitior to Quark and InDesign"

February 24, 2009  |  By vanderloo

 |  Version: Scribus Portable


I produced the layout for a 24 page newspaper in one afternoon; in QuarkXpress or InDesign that could take me roughly two days. More print options.


Perhaps a better picture/text wrap facility. This gig of placing a blank figure underneath images gets annoying.


The editor review is mistaken about images in Scribus, like InDesign you have to adjust the image to the frame or vice versa. There is also no question as to "prettiness", it looks as good as any other programme. It seems almost inconceivable that you could get a free programme that has such power and functionality, but here it is.
Scribus beats bulkier, more expensive DTP stalwarts like Quark on simple features like a story editor (Quark has no proper editor) and Scribus has a much more intuitive menu system. There are no ludicrous naming conventions or irritating multi-step ways to do what should be simple tasks. Once you've poked around a little, it leaves you free to concentrate on what you opened the programme to achieve: design and layout. You can even save your own templates to a useful visual template bank.

Considering Scribus has be shown capable of preparing print-ready materials for professional printing jobs, the $0 price-tag makes it the only choice for those who need professional layout tools, but can't afford to take out a mortgage on QuarkXpress or industry standards like InDesign.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version is a bug fixing release.
Publisher Scribus
Publisher web site http://www.scribus.net/index.php
Release Date June 06, 2008
Date Added June 06, 2008
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Desktop Publishing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 65.54MB
File Name ScribusPortable_1.4.3.paf.exe
Total Downloads 19,624
Downloads Last Week 10
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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