Geared toward professional users, Scribus is a comprehensive application designed for desktop publishing, filled with many approachable features.
Create docs from scratch or templates
Wrapped up in a pro-grade interface with a neatly organized structure, the tool invites you to create a new document from scratch by establishing the doc layout (single or double page, three or four fold), size, orientation, width, height, first page, margin guides, bleeds, number of pages, default measurement unit, and text frames.
Alternatively, you can preview and opt for one of the numerous templates made for brochures, regular and business cards, grids, newsletters, packaging, and PDF presentations.
Extensive file type support
Text, images and vectors can be imported from external files, while the project can be exported to text, PDF, EPS, image or SVG format.
Documents can be saved with extensions compatible with Scribus (.sla, .scd), OpenDocument Draw (.odg), OpenOffice Draw (.sxd), Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg, .svgz), Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), PostScript (.ps), Windows Meta File (.wmf) and Adobe Illustrator (.ai).
Add and manipulate objects
The tool lets you insert text, image and render frames, tables, shapes, polygons, lines and Bezier curves, in addition to glyphs, characters, quotes, space, breaks, ligature and barcodes.
Plus, you can draw freehand, as well as rotate items, zoom, snap to grid or guides, lock multiple items to easily arrange them in the design using the key arrows for accuracy, mark PDF annotations or bookmarks, and bring items to the front or send them to the back. Advanced users are free to edit object attributes to define types, values, parameters, and relationships.
Make project adjustments and resort to handy tools
It offers multilingual support, contains multiple GUI themes, and lets you tinker with various PDF export settings (e.g. page range, password protection) and typography preferences (e.g. subscript displacement and scaling, small caps scaling, automatic line spacing), reconfigure hotkeys, select the PostScript interpreter, manage plugins, configure system-wide short words, and many more.
Evaluation and conclusion
The tool worked smoothly throughout our evaluation, without hanging, crashing or displaying error messages. CPU and RAM consumption was minimal.
Taking into account its rich options and customization preferences, Scribus should meet the requirements of many users looking for a reliable app to help them create, design and export DTP projects to different formats.