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<qt>
<title>Scribus Specifications</title>
<h2>Scribus Specifications</h2>
<h3>Summary:</h3>
<p>Scribus is a GPL desktop publishing (DTP) program similar for Linux and Unix-based operating systems. Its goals are to be both user friendly, yet offer advanced professional features.</p>
<h3>Document Features:</h3>
<ul>
	<li>Supports Unicode text and fonts including right to left text for Arabic and Hebrew script via freetype2.</li>
	<li>Frames, visible and hidden with support for rounded edges and corners for text and objects, rotatable and scalable</li>
	<li>Page Templates - Page Palettes allow for easy page management</li>
	<li>Document-wide layers - editable and items can be moved</li>
	<li>Paragraph styles with numerous paragraph and text style options (alignment, fonts)</li>
	<li>Manual kerning of type and embedding fonts allowed in all documents including PDFs.</li>
	<li>Object linking, grouping, moving, locking, resizing and converting to different object types.</li>
	<li>Margins, guides and snap to grid which can be user defined, as well as hidden or visible.</li>
</ul>

<h3>Professional Publishing Features:</h3>
<ul>
	<li>CMYK color including ICC color managed previews of images and embedding ICC profiles in PDF documents for accurate screen to print color.</li>
	<li>Creation of CMYK and RGB color Postscript separations.</li>
	<li>Sophisticated PDF creation, including interactive PDF forms, support for nearly all PDF field types, and JavaScript actions.</li>
	<li>The ability to output to professional quality image-setting equipment including advanced Level 3/PDF 1.4 postscript devices.</li>
	<li>Encapsulated PostScript import with previews on the page canvas / EPS export.</li>
	<li>Full support for Level 2 PostScript output, a very large subset of Level 3 and support for PDF 1.4 features including transparency, gradients and 128 bit security.</li>
	<li>Full Compliance with PDF/X-3, an ISO standard for creating &#034;press ready&#034; PDFs - a first for any DTP application.</li>
	<li>Supports font embedding and sub-setting in both postscript and PDF export.</li>
	<li>Scribus can convert all supported fonts into Postscript outlines, which can be further edited in Scribus.</li>
</ul>

<h3>Ease of use features:</h3>
<ul>
	<li>Drag'n'drop with KDE 3, including a Drag'n'drop scrapbook for frequently used items such as text blocks, logo images, backgrounds etc.</li>
	<li>Online help browser with extensive and continually updated documentation in English with sample files included.</li>
	<li>Easy to use tools and palettes for measurement, rotation and other object properties</li>
	<li>Full support for both TrueType, Type 1 Postscript and OpenType fonts.</li>
	<li>User configurable keyboard shortcuts.</li>
	<li>Ability to run in 27 different languages without recompilation.</li>
	<li>Sophisticated automatic hyphenation engine with several languages available.</li>
	<li>Easy to use drawing tools for custom shapes including: freehand lines, lines, curves, ellipses, bezier curves, polygons, etc.</li>
	<li>Detailed and flexible user preferences for document and application defaults</li>
</ul>

<h3>File Formats:</h3>
<ul>
	<li>EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) PNG (Portable Network Graphics), TIFF (Tag Image File Format), and XPM (XpixMap).</li>
	<li>Scribus native file format is fully documented and XML based - a PDF of the file format is available on line.</li>
	<li>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.</li>
</ul>

<h3>Architecture:</h3>
<ul>
	<li>Developed with GPL QT 3 for Linux and &#034;Unix like&#034; operating systems. Scribus has been ported to Fink and is actively maintained for X11 applications on Mac OS X.</li>
	<li>Plug-in support and API including a color management plug-in and special character inserter.</li>
	<li>Powerful Python Scripting Plug-in for extending Scribus functions and automating tasks, as well as calling external applications within Scribus.</li>
</ul>
<h3>Target Usage:</h3>
<ul>
	<li>Layouts for newsletters, corporate stationery, posters, training manuals, technical documentation, business cards and other documents which need flexible layout and/or sophisticated image handling, as well as precise typography controls and image sizing not available in current word processors.</li>
	<li>Users needing the ability to output to professional quality image setting equipment, as well as re-purposing for internal printing, web distributed PDFs or presentations.</li>
	<li>Users needing to create interactive PDF forms for presentations and cgi-form submission via PDF.</li>
</ul>
</qt>