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Scribus

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 34 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3.3.14
  • Total Downloads:
    96,047
  • Date Added:
    May 17, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    76.52MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    90
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

"Deep learning Curve"

October 29, 2011  |  By pgardens

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.14

Pros

I am usually pretty quick at learning and figuring out a new program, but this one took a lot of effort because there was not any instructions on how to get from point A to point Z. I did find some very useful instructions on youtube that were invaluable to getting this to work. I also think that it should be made clearer that you have to download GhostScripts fonts to have Scribus work. But the price was great and the effort was good for my brain function so I guess it was I would say Scribus is good if you put in the effort to learn it.

Cons

No Instructions and not easy to learn.

Summary

Once I put in the effort I do like the program.

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1 stars

"Most unfriendly to seniors"

August 19, 2011  |  By Conservativesareidiots

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.14

Pros

Free, unless you realize that the manual is about $50, which is more than some for-money publishing programs.

Cons

The introdcution, which was enough to make me quit entirely.

Summary

I've used desk top programs for about 15 years, even doing a 500 page book on Publisher, but after the 98 version of MS Publisher, I was most dissatisfied and looked for something that works better with MS 7. MS is notorious, I am sad to say, for screwing up perfectly good programs with its "improvements." Anyway, downloaded Scribus, or so I thought, but could not find any way to make it work. I am not one of these youngsters who just intuitively understands these things, so I want clear instructions, which didn't exist. Oh, what is this nonsense where after you have downloaded Scribus, you are told that you must first download a font program? Duh. Shouldn't that be clear before? I give up.

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3 stars

"Pretty cool for open source"

June 14, 2011  |  By iricoco

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.14

Pros

Is easy to learn and use

Cons

Not as many bells and whistles as pay fors

Summary

Would recommend

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5 stars

"Great for making e-book cover"

April 11, 2011  |  By breevesnm

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.14

Pros

Ease of use & layers.

Cons

none that I can think of.

Summary

I used Gimp to manipulate my photos and Scribus to make an e-book cover. Worked like a charm!

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1 stars

"Cannot download in English"

February 14, 2011  |  By Rommac

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.14

Pros

None that I can think of.

Cons

Will only download in Spanish.

Summary

Would prefer the Language to be English. No help on this problem has been forthcoming

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4 stars

"Does what most others do with caveats"

November 18, 2010  |  By JohnInMA

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.14

Pros

Creates very high quality PDF docs. Versatile and multi-featured almost on par with costly professional products. Able to customize if skilled software type.

Cons

The Scribus community is prototypical open source techie types. Not for those who aren't willing to spend time experimenting or learning.

Summary

If you are looking for something that isn't costly but allows you many of the most essential functions of the commercial products, this one is hard to beat. A person must get used to the quirks, and spend time either creating your own notations - such as how to click through to intended outcome - or be willing to sift through what is already written. But the end results are almost as good as the professional brands.

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1 stars

"I would not recommend."

October 26, 2010  |  By pjrpjrpjr

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.14

Pros

The download worked appropriately. But after that ....

Cons

You must be a genius or very experienced in DTP to use. Not for a beginner or someone desiring to do something rather simple. The lack of online instructions is a debacle - piecemeal help at blogs, but that's it. Another freeware trainwreck.

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5 stars

"Excellent product and excellent manual to optimise use!"

June 16, 2010  |  By Iriseoir

 |  Version: Scribus 1.3.3.14

Pros

Easy to use, great price and a great ad for open source software!

Cons

Have't used it for long - so I have't come across any real cons. Perhaps the text justification could do with a tweak but it is early days!

Summary

Having used Pagemaker and Quark in the dim and distant past, I was delighted to find such a good program to aid my migration to Open Source.
The Scribus Book is essential. I am currently using it as my bedtime reading to make the most of Scribus.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Scribus
Publisher web site http://www.scribus.net/index.php
Release Date May 17, 2010
Date Added May 17, 2010
Version 1.3.3.14
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Illustration Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Ghostscript 8.70.
Download Information
File Size 76.52MB
File Name scribus-1.4.5-windows.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 96,047
Downloads Last Week 90
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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