Scribus Open Source Desktop Publishing

May 7, 2011

I first got into the graphics business doing page layout. It is therefore very important to me to have a good program for “desktop publishing.” Some users feel that CorelDRAW is enough for them. I rarely do more than a couple of pages in CorelDRAW. Anything beyond that requires a program dedicated to publishing. For many years my choice was Corel Ventura. Unfortunately the management of Corel made a horrible mistake and let the product die a slow death by failing to actively develop it.

That led me to make the decision a year ago to move future publications to Adobe InDesign. I have mixed feelings as there are tasks that are much easier to do in Corel Ventura and some that are easier in Adobe InDesign. I just had to have something that is actively supported and developed.

Today I want to throw out another suggestion for page layout and that is Scribus. It is an open source product that you can download and use for free. As I am not actively looking to replace the tools I have in place, I haven’t given it an in-depth look. I also find the Web site doesn’t do a good job of providing a product overview. There is detailed online documentation and you could use that to determine if it is has the features you need. If you are looking, go ahead and download a copy and give it a try. It might just be what you need!

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