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Scribus

CNET Editors' review

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 33 votes

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

    2.7 stars

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "OK but just not MS Publisher"

    April 16, 2014  |   By Mikeinkerry

    Version: Scribus 1.4.3

    Pros

    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...

    Cons

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

    Summary

    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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great DTP Application"

    March 2, 2014  |   By joolsr1

    Version: Scribus 1.4.3

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    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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  • 1.0 stars

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

    December 26, 2013  |   By janmeulendijk

    Version: Scribus 1.4.3

    Pros

    None to be identified

    Cons

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

    Summary

    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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