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Scribus

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current version:

    2.7 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 3.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

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

    May 6, 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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