Scribus

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 33 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3.3.11
  • Total Downloads:
    89,765
  • Date Added:
    June 06, 2008
  • File Size:
    71.83MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    133
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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3 stars

"Looks competent, but where's paging?"

February 18, 2010  |  By taylor_quicher

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.11

Pros

So far, looks okay

Cons

Hard to learn

Summary

looking at pages is not an easy task. Workspace non-existent.

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2 stars

"stay away, if you want to remain sane"

September 24, 2009  |  By Phrixos

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.11

Pros

It must be said; It's free.

Cons

Bug-ridden, crashes a lot. Many unnecessarily-long routines. Often obtuse--in even basic ways, like paragraph indentation and line spacing. Extremely limited font-color pallet (literally, DOZENS). Not for anything beyond a newsletter.

Summary

Did I say "bug-ridden and crashes a lot?" Let me repeat that. Supposedly the stable version, I'd hate to have had experienced the unstable versions. (Maybe it's just Vista, but why only--only--with this program?)
I should have suspected, immediately, that something was wrong, the moment I saw that the Windows re-size button didn't work. Then, again, when I tried to italicize a font. (Italicizing can be done, but you'd have more fun cutting off a finger. There are no Faux features for things like bold, italics, etc.) Even such a simple thing like capturing text in a text box is dodgy (Don't believe me? Watch some of the video tutorials our there. You have to struggle to drag over every letter of text. At times like driving a crooked nail, I commonly have had to "hit" some letters five or six times to capture them.)
"Intuitive?" On Klingon, maybe. The folks at Scribus need to look up the definition of that word--and study it for about a year. The program is about as intuitive as
"vittiniuine."
Quark Express is both ridiculously expensive and difficult to master, so that too is out. Much as I hate having to go for Acrobat (it's no less obtuse in its own ways), there simply is no choice here.
A two? A bit generous, I'd give it a one-and-a-half if I could. "Does nearly everything Acrobat does." I'm still laughing. Sorry, guys, for being reduced to such narkiness, but let's face it; you did drive me nuts.
"Does nearly everything Acrobat does?"
I'm still laughing.

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1 stars

"messed up GUI"

September 11, 2009  |  By akajfreak

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.11

Pros

no good comments sir

Cons

The interface didn't load right. The whole thing looked broken. A toolbar was cut in half and one half was in the middle of the screen next to a scroll bar that did nothing. (no joke)

Summary

I'm not sure why this GUI didn't work. My experience with this software smelled like pits.

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4 stars

"Feature Rich but Lacks Polish"

May 19, 2009  |  By ishan.sharma001

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.11

Pros

Lot of features. Importing from Open Office and MS Office is excellent. Lot of control on documents.

Cons

Strips out internal links from PDFs. Requires some time to get used to.

Summary

You will need some time to be comfortable with it.Many features like PDF Bookmarks, Internal/External Links will need help from web but once you spend a day or two with it, its Awesome!

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2 stars

"Good for mar, pa, girl guides news letter printing."

May 06, 2009  |  By Mrate

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.11

Pros

Only good for mar, pa, girl guides type news letter printing. But I would rather stick with Word 6 for Windows'95(because it fast and powerful under XP).

Cons

Very, Very slow too may error and crashes on big stuff needs allot of beta testing needed.

Summary

Maybe designed for a computer with 4Gigs of memory. Best to use on XP with 1GIG memory, Vista will use a GIG of memory before you even get started, meaning more crashes or dropouts.

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3 stars

"misunderstood what it was. wanted something else."

December 18, 2008  |  By parisboysandgirlsclub

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.11

Pros

okay not what needed

Cons

see on line summary

Summary

see one line summary

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1 stars

"Only useful to UNIX programmers"

December 12, 2008  |  By strongbad

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.11

Pros

It installed without crashing my machine.

Cons

You'd better be a UNIX geek to understand how to use this because it won't work unless you also "invoke" something called ghostscript, which apparently can only be done using programming language on a command line. It is NOT Windows- friendly.

Summary

Simply porting a UNIX program to Windows does not mean it's Windows- or user-friendly. This is another example that shows why UNIX and LINUX have not been widely adopted--It's arcane and fails to offer an intuitive alternative to UNIX. I hope I can uninstall it without crashing my machine.

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4 stars

"Very usefull and comfortable"

October 12, 2008  |  By tucifurlan

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.11

Pros

The library

Cons

Dificul to move the text

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.3.3.11
Version 1.3.3.11 is a bug fixing release.
General
Publisher Scribus
Publisher web site http://www.scribus.net/index.php
Release Date June 06, 2008
Date Added June 06, 2008
Version 1.3.3.11
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Illustration Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 71.83MB
File Name scribus-1.4.4-windows.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 89,765
Downloads Last Week 133
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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