This is Scribus Version 1.2.1
The Scribus 1.2.x versions feature a complete rewrite of the rendering engine.
All rendering is done via libart and freetype2.
This requires that libart_lgpl and freetype2 are installed.
Scribus 1.2.1 also has a new OpenOffice.org Writer and Draw importer. This
requires libxml2, preferably version 2.6.x+. The OpenOffice.org Writer importer
will import styles from the OpenOffice.org doc and will create similar styles
within your Scribus document.
Additionally Scribus uses now a different way to find fonts, sadly this gives
some changes in the font names Scribus uses. To convert old documents follow
the procedure below:
1) Create a document with the old Version of Scribus containing all your Fonts.
2) Open the new Scribus and go to the Font Substitution List.
3) Clear out all current substitutions.
4) Open the Document created in 1) and substitute all the fonts with the
correct new fonts.
When you now open old documents Scribus will convert all Font Names
For Changes please see the ChangeLog.
To use Scribus in your native language be sure that the environment variable
LC_ALL, LC_MESSAGES, LANG, Qt locale, OR the command line option
of -l/--lang <lang> is set correctly.
The new EPS/PS import feature in 1.2.x uses advanced features of Ghostscript.
We recommend ALL users update to the newest version of Ghostscript available
for your distro. There are detailed hints on docs.scribus.net for installing
GS 8.x in parallel to the GS installed by your distro.
Activating Color Management *requires* installation of CMYK and RGB ICC
profiles. Please see the included help files and http://docs.scribus.net for
Other notes/known issues at the time of release:
There is a bug in font outline handling for some fonts in the freetype
libraries. It's being worked on upstream. Don't file a bug report. Instead
change the font used if you need the outlines. This is not a Scribus bug.
Some testing has shown that this bug is not present in freetype 2.1.9, but
we counsel caution trying to upgrade freetype2. Upgrading freetype2 on some
distros can be quite difficult.
For Debian Users:
If Scribus does not start while complaining about the absence of
PostScript fonts please install either xfonts-scalable or gsfonts-x11.
They are in the "Recommends" and will be installed by all sensible apt
For SuSE 9.x Users:
- The littlecms libs 1.10, which shipped with 9.0 does not offer complete
support for all the the latest CMS features in Scribus 1.2. There are updated
SuSE 9.x RPM's available on the Scribus.net site. We also recommend using the
latest version of lcms.
- If you are using Qt 3.3.x, please ensure you are using the latest Qt 3.3.2-2+
rpms. The -2+ versions have an important fix for drag and drop in Scribus.
- To enable direct CUPS support which recommend, make sure both cups-devel and
openssl-devel are installed. Suse enables ssl support in CUPS.
For Fedora/RH using Qt 3.3.2-6+ has the same fixes.
Many other hints and info are on the www.scribus.net and docs.scribus.net
sites. Full compile, install and FAQ's are available there.
There is a lively on-line community, both on IRC @ #scribus on irc.freenode.net
and the mailing list. Mailing list info can be found at:
For the Scribus Team,
in January 2005