Scribus

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.4
  • Total Downloads:
    89,765
  • Date Added:
    January 01, 2012
  • File Size:
    71.83MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    133
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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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5 stars

"Great Free Program"

February 29, 2012  |  By LGof03

 |  Version: Scribus 1.4

Pros

Great Freedom to do what you want. Files come out looking fantastic. Great WYSIWYG pdf compression. Great ability to scale down file size without losing quality.

Cons

Lacks spell check in program. You MUST keep the pictures you integrate into the doc in the same location on your computer, other wise the program losses track of them. Somewhat inelegant when it comes to switching fonts.

Summary

Scribus has somewhat of a learning curve, and is not as smooth as pay programs, but it gets the job done, and well. I have produced numerous professional quality documents with it. I think I'd be willing to pay for this, so the fact that it is free makes it a great find.

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1 stars

"Would not install"

February 02, 2012  |  By lmonteros

 |  Version: Scribus 1.4

Pros

There are no pros to software that cannot be completely installed.

Cons

Would not install without Ghostscript & link to Ghostscript was outdated, so I could not install Ghostscript unless I wanted to take the time to look for it, and I don't.

Summary

This program is not for mid-level computer users like myself, let alone the low-level users for whom I am testing publishing software.

I could not even get it installed. It would not finish installation without Ghostscript & link to Ghostscript was outdated. The "ReadMe" file--which only opens after you start the installation so you don't know until then you need Ghostscript--had such involved instructions that I didn't want to go further. I know the folks I'm testing this for wouldn't be able to handle it at all.

A pop-up saying I need Ghostscript also appeared on my desktop, but it was nearly unreadable because the window was so small and would not allow me to expand it.

I have downloaded a lot from CNET and this is by far the worst experience I've had. I might not mind going through this for a really great program, but my friends would not be able to handle it at all.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.4
Version 1.4 includes advanced options for text and typography, like character styles, optical margins, or glyph extension and features for vector objects, like Boolean path operations, vector effects or a line style editor.
General
Publisher Scribus
Publisher web site http://www.scribus.net/index.php
Release Date January 01, 2012
Date Added January 01, 2012
Version 1.4
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Illustration Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Ghostscript 8.70.
Download Information
File Size 71.83MB
File Name scribus-1.4.4-windows.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 89,765
Downloads Last Week 133
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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