Scribus is an open source desktop publishing program. Scribus runs on MacOSX ,Linux, Windows 2000 and XP. Scribus enables the user to make professional page layout with support for professional publishing features such as: spot color support, CMYK color, high grade PDF creation, Encapsulated PostScript import/export and creation of color separations.
Supports Unicode text and fonts including right to left text for Arabic and Hebrew script
Frames, visible and hidden with support for rounded edges and corners for text and objects, rotatable and scalable .
Page Templates - Page Palettes allow for easy page management
Document-wide layers - editable and items can be moved
Paragraph styles with numerous paragraph and text style options (alignment, fonts)
Object linking, grouping, moving, locking, resizing and converting to different object types.
Margins, guides and snap to grid which can be user defined, as well as hidden or visible.
Professional Publishing Features:
CMYK color including ICC color managed previews of images and embedding ICC profiles in PDF documents for accurate screen to print color.
Creation of CMYK and RGB color PostScript separations.
The ability to output to professional quality image-setting equipment .
Supports font embedding and sub-setting in both PostScript and PDF export.
Scribus can convert all supported fonts into PostScript outlines, which can be further edited in Scribus.
User configurable keyboard shortcuts:
Ability to run in 27 different languages without recompilation.
Sophisticated automatic hyphenation engine with several languages available.
Easy to use drawing tools for custom shapes including: freehand lines, lines, curves, ellipses, polygons, etc.
Detailed and flexible user preferences for document and application defaults
EPS (Encapsulated PostScript), JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group), PNG (Portable Network Graphics), TIFF (Tag Image File Format), and XPM (XpixMap). PSD support includes layers and clipping paths.
Scribus can also import and export well-formed SVG 1.0 (Scalable Vector Graphics) including text on a path, images and text. Scribus can export all features of a Scribus document as SVG. Images are converted to PNG when exporting SVG.
Scribus can import text with many different encodings including Unicode, as well as support for OpenOffice and Draw files. Styles and formatting are retained on import.