Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 33 votes
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Date Added:
July 27, 2013
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Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
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Ghostscript 8.70

Editors' review

Scribus is a free desktop publishing program that lets you create all kinds of documents, from brochures to business cards, quickly and efficiently. You can use one of the included templates for your project, or just start from scratch and use the included tools to design a finished project that's perfectly in line with your vision.


File compatibility: In addition to creating completely new documents, this program also allows you to open existing ones. Most file formats are supported, so whether you've used other programs previously and want to keep working on items you started there, or you need to access files sent to you from colleagues, you'll be able to continue your work with ease.

Template options: There are templates available through this program for just about every type of document you might want to create. Additionally, each document type offers multiple templates for you to choose from, and you can then customize them to suit your specific needs.


Incomplete documentation: Due to the open source nature of this program, the documentation and Help resources are a little scattered. There are several options to explore when you have a problem or question, but it can take some time to find the answers you're looking for.

Bottom Line

Scribus is a good alternative to more expensive and elaborate desktop publishing programs. It provides a lot of functionality and supports multiple file types, making it a versatile choice for moderate creative needs. It's not as polished or high-powered as many top-tier programs, so power users might not find everything they're looking for. But since it's free, it doesn't hurt to try it out and see if it's a good option for you.

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  • 2 stars

    "OK but just not MS Publisher"

    April 16, 2014   |   By Mikeinkerry

    Version: Scribus 1.4.3


    It's free and works ok, if you just want a DTP program for occasional use this would probably do the job for you but for regular use...


    Not intuitive to use,
    copied text does not end up as I expected


    I have used Publisher for years and find it so easy to use. I am about to replace my XP machine with a Win8 laptop and object to having to buy a new version of MS Pub so looked for an open source alternative. After using Scribus I have decided to bite the bullet and pay for office 365 at €99 per annum but my kids are starting college next year so they can use it too... sorry Scribus but that's the way it is...

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  • 5 stars

    "Great DTP Application"

    March 02, 2014   |   By joolsr1

    Version: Scribus 1.4.3


    I've used this since early versions going back more than ten years now. Its not perfect, but for free you get an excellent app that I produced nearly all my works DTP, and professional printing with with no issues ever with the PDF export, even complicated CMYK, or spot colours, or PDF X A standards. The community and mailing list/forums are full of help people who will not tell you to RTFM, and will help you as best they can


    Menus and GUI need a redesign in places and occasional issues such as non perfect undo steps, and issues with some use of SVG gradient import remain.


    An excellent and powerful DTP professional package for many platforms, easily the best open source DTP app out there. If using alongside the gimp and Inkscape makes a great set of powerful tools

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  • 1 stars

    "Major mess-up fo laptop! Stay away!!"

    December 26, 2013   |   By janmeulendijk

    Version: Scribus 1.4.3


    None to be identified


    Major drag on cpu (I think; unless even worse was happening), to the point that Macbook simply became unusable for ANY purpose


    After installing Scribus and after installing the helper programme called Ghostscript my Macbook went into complete meltdown. Only way to restore everything back to normal was throwing all Scribus related rubbish away, and then clearing out the startup-programme list of all sorts of automatically inserted nonsense. Could only do this by starting up the machine in safe mode; otherwise no way into the machine anymore. What world are we living in if that is required?

    If this is the world of freeware, then I'm all for paying for programmes that do not fry your chips. Stay away. STAY AWAY!!!

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