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12 August 2019

Page layout with professional publishing features.

3
Cenocre
13 July 2010
Version: 1.3.7

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I really wanted to like this program, but now have mostly disdain for it. At first, it looked pretty good - nice logo decent layout, but it all went waaaaaay downhill from there. At first, it needed GhostScript to import EPS and PDF. Just try to find an easy to install version of GhostScript. Most versions are a pain to install, having to run UNIX scripts and finding out that additional pieces are needed part way through the install forcing one to start over. Finally, I finally found an easy Mac version, but why in the hell wasn't it mentioned at the various websites for GhostScript and Scribus! Next, I TRIED to install templates. They were easy to find, but the instructions were either missing, utterly cryptic, or wrong. This is a classic case of open source assuming that everyone is a UNIX or LINUX geek. After lots of research and trials, I gave up. So, I just tried to create my own document from scratch and almost immediately got the error, 'The application "pdflatex --interaction nonstopmode" failed to start! Please check the path:' Huh? Continuing on, I found that the interface was stunning stupid for some tasks, especially related to text. It is incredible that you have to change the text's characteristics in a one window and then go back to the main window to see the effect. I'm a programmer and run web servers so I am somewhat used to the "logic" and assumptions of the open source and UNIX world. And, I've used Quark since it's intro, Pagemaker, MultiAd Creator, and other DTP programs and have rarely needed to consult their manuals and am very schooled on DTP. I found Scribus to be unnecessarily difficult and illogical. Scribus should and could be a great product and it appears to be very comprehensive, but it need LOTS of help to make it rationally easy to install and use for even the above average user. A lot of good work has gone into Scribus. I hope that they end up making it a great competitor to Quark. For now I will stick with the surprisingly good MultiAd Creator.
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3.5
anonymous-dingo-653
27 March 2014
Version: 1.4.3
I have finally installed and used this one... to some success on some minor projects for output to PDF. I give high marks on that last part, but as to the rest... Scribus needs some serious updating! I have used many moderate to top of the line DTP applications, all the way to the nightmare that is the industrial strength InDesign CC. While Scribus is not that bad, I would not call it good and would not recommend it to anyone unfamiliar with DTP. Things that should be simple, such as inline / inlayout editing, are not. Constantly switching panes to set different things in just one paragraph, section, and/or page was tedious at times. And the story editor was... well, just bad compared to programs of a similar focus. Still, I will keep working at this one, as one day I hope to switch to Linux fully and slave other OSes. Scribus would be the best choice for sparse DTP needs. But hopefully by the time that switch becomes reality, it will have improved. It really needs to from install all the way to advanced work.
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anonymous-dingo-653
14 October 2013
Version: 1.4.3
A bit disconcerting the Scribus documentation references GS 8.71 in its GhostScript links, and yet the latest version of GS is 9.1. The additional frustration is that neither version will download directly from openprinting.org or from macports. Without GS, Scribus is only half-functional... and yet I cannot even get GS to begin the inevitable wresting match. Anyone having similar problems or know of another location to acquire a directly installable version of GS?
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Penguirl
19 January 2013
Version: 1.4.2
Interesting that InDesign is not listed under Similar Software…
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5
Magosilvan
07 May 2012
Version: 1.4.1
Really good,cheap and fast app. Thanks to the developer.
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1.5
Skyhorse
20 January 2012
Version: 1.4.0
NOT so perfect. It downloads easily and looks relatively easy to figure out and use, and there is an instruction manual. However, in order to use Print Preview for pre-press or PDF export features you MUST download Ghostscript. These features are kind of critical for the intended purpose of a DTP. OK, no problem there, Ghostscript is easy to find following the links in Scribus or externally and it has its own Mac OS loader. But once it's loaded, Scribus can't find it on its own and wants YOU to give it a path. How to do that? NOT in the manual though there is a convenient placeholder for it and I couldn't find it in the user forums. Bottom line: too much Linux in this for use by most Mac users, including this relatively experienced one who's used X11 for years (but never needed Ghostscript). So for me, it's unusable as is.
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5
bgabesy007
11 January 2012
Version: 1.4.0
Perfect app.
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4
Laos
08 August 2011
Version: 1.4.0.rc3
Scribus is a professional DTP solution. To really understand its value we must look at it pros and cons. 1. Scribus is cross-platform (Linux, Windows, Mac OS X). This is its main advantage and its main disadvantage. It is an advantage as you can move its document files across different operating systems and the result will still look the same (try this with a MS product). It is a disadvantage as you cannot expect a native Mac OS X user interface. 2. Scribus has a professional feature set. As with any professional software it has its complexity and learning curve. But when you start to manage it, it is of real value. I printed a lot of flyers and smaller books with it and was always impressed by its feature set. 3. Scribus is open source and comes for free. It is really impressive what Scribus brings you for nothing. But, as true for many open source projects, its development cycles could be shorter. Of course, we all would like to see every month a new final release, but the available resources are limited. Scribus has a strong development community, which offers continuous support since many years. What else can we expect? If you do not bring your files to a professional printer often, then this software might not be for you. You might be more pleased with Apple's Pages. If you need to create printable PDFs and you do not want to invest in expensive software like Adobe InDesign, then this is worth looking at.
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Jimw
20 February 2011
Version: 1.3.9
Ghostsrcript help is under the troubleshooting tab
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Jimw
20 February 2011
Version: 1.3.9
A recent compiled version is now located here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ghostscript/files/GPL%20Ghostscript/8.71/ghostscript-8.71-macosx.tar.gz/download Install the executable file here: /$home/usr/bin Where $home is your root directory of your hard drive. The 'bin' folder is hidden so you will need to us the Finder 'Go To Folder' menu item or a utility to reveal hidden folders. In an application that needs it, such as Scribus, in preferences point the gs file path to the executable in your 'bin' folder. To pont to this file, open the 'bin' folder or leave it open from the install. When in the Open dialog in your program, click on the executable in the 'bin' folder.
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3
Cenocre
13 July 2010
Version: 1.3.7
I really wanted to like this program, but now have mostly disdain for it. At first, it looked pretty good - nice logo decent layout, but it all went waaaaaay downhill from there. At first, it needed GhostScript to import EPS and PDF. Just try to find an easy to install version of GhostScript. Most versions are a pain to install, having to run UNIX scripts and finding out that additional pieces are needed part way through the install forcing one to start over. Finally, I finally found an easy Mac version, but why in the hell wasn't it mentioned at the various websites for GhostScript and Scribus! Next, I TRIED to install templates. They were easy to find, but the instructions were either missing, utterly cryptic, or wrong. This is a classic case of open source assuming that everyone is a UNIX or LINUX geek. After lots of research and trials, I gave up. So, I just tried to create my own document from scratch and almost immediately got the error, 'The application "pdflatex --interaction nonstopmode" failed to start! Please check the path:' Huh? Continuing on, I found that the interface was stunning stupid for some tasks, especially related to text. It is incredible that you have to change the text's characteristics in a one window and then go back to the main window to see the effect. I'm a programmer and run web servers so I am somewhat used to the "logic" and assumptions of the open source and UNIX world. And, I've used Quark since it's intro, Pagemaker, MultiAd Creator, and other DTP programs and have rarely needed to consult their manuals and am very schooled on DTP. I found Scribus to be unnecessarily difficult and illogical. Scribus should and could be a great product and it appears to be very comprehensive, but it need LOTS of help to make it rationally easy to install and use for even the above average user. A lot of good work has gone into Scribus. I hope that they end up making it a great competitor to Quark. For now I will stick with the surprisingly good MultiAd Creator.
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Rubaiyat
08 November 2009
Version: 1.3.5v180209
Just starting to have a look at this, so not a comprehensive review. First impressions: 1. Seems to have a very large selection of features. Some appear pointed to professional usage. 2. GUI is crude. Windows, particularly dialogues, resize oddly. Buttons and fields scatter when the dialogue box is resized. Functions are not clearly grouped, not helped by the bad icons. 3. Interface icons are cheap wishy washy PC style, don't do their job and are generally indecipherable. 4. Feedback on some actions is either non existent or hard to discern. 5. Palettes are disorganised and can't be docked. 6. Tends to use programmer's jargon naming interface objects 7. Has PC behavior eg It opened the .app twice in my attempts to open sample files and closing all windows closes the application. 8. The Wiki has dead links. 9. The downloadable sample doesn't open in Scribus and there is no dialog saying why. 10 I'd rate this a stable beta. In all it is a mix of considerable promise, in desperate need of a good UI designer. Be interesting where they go from here. It seems to be making very little progress at this stage. Nothing since February.
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resuna
01 December 2008
Version: 1.3.5
I can't move the main window... it's stuck in the upper left corner of the screen. Clicking the "greyed out" maximize icon in the window reveals that this is actually a full-screen Windows style MDI application with a fake OS X window hidden inside the real main window... and the main window has no title bar. They would actually have done better to make it a plain X11 port. This is so bad a design that I see no reason to bother investigating it further.
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Bmurray
13 February 2008
Version: 1.3.3.9
This version and the current stable (1.3.3.10) are basically unusable on an Intel Mac for projects in excess of about four pages. 1.3.5 is anticipated in May and will have a native Intel build which may or may not be usable -- we'll see.
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macroxx-ultra
09 January 2008
Version: 1.3.3.9
Unfortunately the PPC version is very slow on my intel mac. Hopefully a universal binary or intel version will be available soon...
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Jimw
16 March 2007
Version: 1.3.3.8
Suggestion to old Ragtime Solo users: Since Ragtime has discontinued Ragtime Solo, it might be wise to convert your files to this product, before Solo becomes incompatible with the newer Mac OS's. This is a definite possibility since it is my understanding that Solo no longer supported. Unless this product includes a converter, copy and past should do it after creating the appropriate layouts.
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