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Scribus is an open-source desktop publishing (DTP) program that allows the creation of page layouts with text, graphics, photos and other visual elements.

Scribus is designed for flexible layout and typesetting, and the ability to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment.

The software lets you design magazines, greeting cards, posters, company brochures, calendars and newsletters, as well as animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms. It is also useful for creating logos and drawings, as well as importing photos with high fidelity printing and precise color control.

It supports professional features, such as CMYK color, spot color, separations, ICC color and robust commercial grade PDF and Postscript.

 Scribus 1.4.5

Free to download



Scribus Team (10 developers supported by the Scribus community)


System Requirements
Qt 4.5.0+,
Python and python-devel libraries 2.3+.
Freetype2 2.1.7+.
libart_lgpl 2.3.10+
libxml2 2.6+.
Ghostscript 8.15+ or 8.56+
Postscript-Fonts. TrueType Fonts.
Littlecms - 1.15+ recommended
libtiff 3.6.0+

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Other features include:

  • Undo with object specific undo capabilities
  • Press-ready PDFs, including PDF 1.4 features such as transparency.
  • Encryption
  • Extensive support for CMYK images, including clipping paths in TIFF and JPEG files, as well as extensive support for native Photoshop PSD files
  • Exportable CMYK separations
  • SVG & EPS importing/exporting, PDF importing
  • ICC color management through the littlecms Color Management System to ensure that colors seem on screen match those in print
  • Vector drawing tools
  • OpenType font support
  • Import text from OpenDocument text documents, Word files, Rich Text (.rtf), and HTML
  • Saves to an open file format (XML based) so users are not tied to the software
  • Translated into more than 25 languages
  • Python scripting
  • PDF 1.5 presentation effect support

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