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Scribus for Mac

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Scribus for Mac is a free desktop publishing application that gives you a nice variety of tools you can use to complete all kinds of projects. Whether you choose to use one of the preloaded templates or create your own document from scratch, you'll find all of the features you're looking for in this efficient program.


Template options: This program comes loaded with plenty of document options to help you complete all kinds of projects. Whether you're creating Brochures, Business Cards, Cards, Newsletters, PDF Presentations, Packaging, or Posters, you'll have several templates to choose from. And many of these also indicate what type of information would be appropriate in certain spots more than a lot of other templates do.

Efficient interface: Once you've chosen a template and moved on to a working page, all the main tools you'll need are efficiently arranged across the top of the page. There are also measurement markings on all sides of the document window, so you can check your formatting and alignment with a glance as you work. The amount of technical information presented may be intimidating to inexperienced users at first, but once you get used to it, it all makes sense.


Ghostscript recognition: Certain features of this program, including the Print Preview and the ability to import EPS, require the installation of Ghostscript on your computer. However, even when you have this installed, the program can't always recognize it, and those features will continue to be unavailable.

Bottom Line

Scribus for Mac is a fluid and efficient way to create all kinds of documents. Whether you're using it for work or school, you'll find lots of tools to help you get the job done the way you want to. It's a completely free program, too, and even though you may have some trouble getting certain features to work, the overall experience of using Scribus is very positive no matter how much experience you have with this type of software.

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3 stars

"Decent publisher but beware the bundled malware"

October 05, 2015  |  By KatinDC

 |  Version: Scribus 1.4.5r2


Free, usable desktop publisher


Not very user friendly
Downloads with malware that changes your default browser and search settings


I downloaded this to use with a Girl Scouts newspaper project. It worked fine but wasn't very user friendly. (The girls couldn't manipulate the images easily.) Also, when I downloaded it from Cnet, there was a deceptive looking option to sign up for Cloud storage, which I declined. But when I downloaded, I found that my default home page and search engine had been changed to Yahoo. Not cool. Be careful with the decline / next pages when you download.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Scribus
Publisher web site
Release Date April 12, 2015
Date Added April 12, 2015
Version 1.4.5r2
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Desktop Publishing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 100.67MB
File Name scribus-1.4.5-r2.dmg
Total Downloads 24,192
Downloads Last Week 72
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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