Software update: Scribus

Scribus is an open source desktop publishing program. The program can be used for editing and formatting documents for printing, among other things, which can then be saved as a PDF or postscript document. For an overview of the different options, we refer you to this page. The developers have released version, which can be downloaded as source code or compiled for various flavors of Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, among others. The announcement of this new release looks like this:

Scribus Released

After almost 2 years of intensive work, the Scribus Team is proud to announce the release of Scribus 1.3.5. This release is a major development version on the road to milestone 1.4, which will be based on 1.3.5.

Following many testing cycles, the Scribus Team considers this version to be fairly stable and ready for many real-world use cases. For example, the cover of the Official Scribus Manual has been created with a release candidate of 1.3.5. However, since there are still some rough edges, more cautious users may want to prefer to stick with the officially stable series 1.3.3.x, which will see its final bugfix release soon.

The Scribus Team will continue to implement new features and improvements in a new experimental branch. Once tested and confirmed as working flawlessly, they will be backported and become part of the 1.4 milestone.

In comparison to the latest developer release, Scribus 1.3.5 provides the following major changes and enhancements:

  • 1.3.5 is based on Qt 4 (the minimum required to run 1.3.5 is Qt 4.5.0)
  • A native OS X version, available as DMG file (Universal Binary)
  • Improved menu integration with OS X
  • Large parts of the canvas and text code have been rewritten
  • A new frame type called Render Frames, which allows for rendering markup languages ​​like LaTeX or POV-Ray inside Scribus
  • Added import filters for the following vector formats: Adobe Illustrator, Xfig, WMF
  • Added import filters for color palettes, including allowing palette import from EPS/AI files
  • Major improvements to the handling of solid colours, as well as new color palettes
  • Drag and drop improvements
  • PDF 1.5 presentation effect support
  • Optional embedding of PDF and EPS files
  • Transform effects for items
  • Path tools for shapes
  • Added more additional default shapes, line patterns and arrowheads
  • A new line editor for custom line styles
  • A new Quick Start Guide in the Help Browser, as well as other major updates and enhancements to the online help
  • Significant enhancements to existing features like the Scrapbook, the Image Manager or the Font Preview

Furthermore, about 1100 feature requests and bugs, large and small, have been resolved. Detailed overviews of the changes are available here and here.

Important Information

Please note that we have branched our code repository:

  • 1.3.5 code is available from the “Version135” branch (svn://
  • trunk (=experimental) is now versioned 1.5.0svn (svn:// and has already undergone many changes.

Please update your notes/scripts to reflect this change.

The Scribus Team still recommends that all distributions package only Scribus or We recommend the additional packaging of 1.3.5 only if it is marked as a development version and can be installed alongside an existing Scribus 1.3.3.x (for example as scribus-ng).

An important reminder:

If you are working with 1.3.3.x and decide to implement some design features using 1.3.5, you should only work with a copy of your file, since once it is saved in 1.3.5 format, you will not be able to open it again with 1.3.3.x. Similarly, if you are working with a team, try to make sure that all team members use the same Scribus version – this will avoid many headaches and extra work.

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Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, macOS, Windows Vista
Website scribe
License type GPL