A professional quality page layout program capable of producing "press-ready" output


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

Very powerful, can do about anything that you can imagine.
May be too complex and powerful for casual usage.

Our Review:

Scribus a free open-source advanced program that was originally written for Linux but is now available for Mac OS X, OS2 and Windows.

Scribus is the real thing; a professional quality page layout program capable of producing "press-ready" output. The feature list is impressive, basically everything you want is there including: CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. Graphics manipulation is handled via an interface to the Gimp, another open source program. Scribus can also import from and export to programs in the Open Office suite.

The user interface though highly functional, is not quite as slick as its commercial cousins but it can be skinned to fit in with the look of whatever operating system you are using. The documentation is excellent and there is lots of support from Scribus's enthusiastic user community.

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