Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing tool that brings professional page layout to your desktop with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design. Excellent import features get you started by helping you utilise the content you already have. So, for instance, the program can import PDF documents, OpenOffice Draw, EPS, SVG, PSD and other files.
You can then work on your project, adding frames and tables, inserting images, using vector drawing tools or exploring the many font effects. Colour control includes CMYK and RGB support, spot colours, and ICC colour management. And when you’re finished, your document can be saved as a PDF, EPS or SVG file, as an image, and more.
Scribus takes a different approach to some of the other desktop publishing packages around, so you shouldn’t expect to be productive with the program right away: it’ll take time before you’ve learned the basics and feel at home. There is plenty of documentation available, though, so be sure to visit the support site if you need any help.
- Scribus, not just Portable Scribus, does not save anything in your applications folder. Normally Scribus saves user files in the directory just before the applications folder.
- Both Scribus and Portable Scribus do not use the Windows registry. And why would they? Scribus was originally developed for Linux, inwhich there was no such thing as a registry that resembles the Windows registry.
- [advt]Although Portable Scribus used to base its code from XScribus, it no longer does since the 18.104.22.168 release.
- Portable Scribus may be reported by some antivirus programs as a virus, it is not a virus. I couldn’t figure this out for awhile until I found that UPX, a dll and exe compression utility was probably causing this, as a few other people were having the same problem.
- PDF Import
- EPS import/export
- Unicode text including right to left scripts such as Arabic and Hebrew
- Portable Scribus is a portable wrapper for Scribus that writes settings to the application folder instead of the Windows registry