New Scribus Version Released After Almost Four Years

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 11, 2012
Updated • Jan 26, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

The open source desktop publishing software Scribus has just received its first big update after nearly four years of development. Scribus 1.4 brings along more than 2000 bug fixes and feature requests that the developers managed to squeeze into the new version. One of the biggest improvements over previous versions of the application is that Scribus 1.4 is based on the application framework QT4, which not only makes the software run more reliable on all platforms but also on Apple Mac OS X 10.5 or later operating systems.

The list of feature changes does not stop here though. The developers have added support for additional vector import filters (including Adobe Illustrator EPS and PDF, Macintosh Picture and Windows Metafile), PDF 1.5 export support, new vector object features like a line style editor, advanced text and typography options like character styles, or enhancements to Scribus' pre-press features that include printing marks and ink coverage display.

A list of all major enhancements and improvements is available here at the Scribus Wiki.

The team is now concentrating on stabilizing the 1.5 version of the program, and promising that it will come with support for PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-4 and PDF/E, native PDF import and Mesh Gradients.

New Scribus users should take a look at the Quick Start Guide that walks them through setting up their first document and several core features of the desktop publishing software.

Additional information are available in the - extensive - documentation that offers information about the program's core functionality and advanced concepts like color management, pre-press features or integration of additional fonts in the program. A How To section in the Wiki offers additional tutorials, with some being available for multiple languages.


Interested users can download the latest stable version of Scribus from the project page over at Sourceforge. The program is available for Windows, Mac and Nix based operating systems. (Thanks Paulus for the tip)


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  1. Duncan said on January 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I was an avid user of Scirbus ‘back in the day’ but quickly found better alternatives. (Paid of course.) I found Scribus to be everything I ever really needed, but several bugs and annoyances forced me to look elsewhere.

    Maybe I should take a new look after this update. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  2. Paul(us) said on January 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Your welcome Martin, I ferry found of this program because its not only really easy to use, but also you can notice thru there wiki webpage that there are really trying to make live easy for you, by way of being ferry documented threw nice to read manuals

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