This is Scribus Version 22.214.171.124, the sixteenth release of the 1.3.x development
series. We have stablized 1.3.3.x and now consider his our stable release.
Scribus 1.2.x is deprecated.
CHANGES 1.2.x to 1.3.x
Important notes on the differences between 1.2.x and 1.3.x:
1) Because of the new file format features, Scribus documents saved in 1.3.x
are *not* backwardly compatible.
2) Because of the new enhanced menu/keyboard shortcuts code, 1.2.x keyboard
short cuts are not migrated and will need to be recreated once on the first
3) On initial launch, 1.3.x will offer to convert preferences to the new 1.3.x
format. This is recommended. Scribus 1.3.x will store its preferences
separately from 1.2.x. Moreover, 1.3.2 caches available fonts. The first
startup may take longer than anticipated.
Additionally, Scribus uses a different way to find fonts from Scribus 1.1.1.
To convert older( =< 1.1.1) 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
Scribus 126.96.36.199+ includes support for building via CMake, a replacement
for traditional autotools.
Please see:http://docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=install4 for details.
For detailed 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. This is also can be changed in the preferences
and takes effect immediately.
The EPS/PS import feature again improved in 1.3.3 uses advanced features of Ghostscript. We
recommend ALL users update to the newest version of Ghostscript available for
your distribution. In addition, if you still have GS 7.0x, there are detailed hints on
docs.scribus.net for installing GS 8.x in parallel to the GS installed by your
The current importer will now import raster images within an EPS file provided you have at
least GS 8.15, with the current limitations:
* imagemask doesn't work correctly
* clip path is ignored
* creates one file for each bitmap, which can be a lot
Activating Color Management *requires* installation of CMYK and RGB ICC
profiles. Please see the included help files, FAQ's on www.scribus.net and
http://docs.scribus.net for details. As of the 1.3.1 release, Scribus ships with
2 icc profiles, which are installed only to enable color management functionality.
The profiles *do not* provide meaningful color management for printing. Additional
profiles are downloadable from www.scribus.net and depend on your hardware and
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 2.1.10+, but
we counsel caution trying to upgrade freetype2. Upgrading freetype2 on some
distributions can be quite difficult.
PSD/CMYK TIFF Support
1.3.3+ now has support for CMYK PSD and 8-bit CMYK TIFF support. RGB PSD and
16-bit TIFF support is being developed. PSD and TIFF support includes layers, ICC
profiles and embedding clipping paths. CMYKA is not yet supported as there is a
limitation in the Qimage class. RGBA is supported. Current Scribus 1.3.4cvs does
handle a much larger variety of CMYKA files along with advanced PSD features.
Issue with gradients:
If you have gradient (e.g. with black color) with 50% shade in both beginning
and end of gradient, you end up with darker center than edges. One expects
the gradient to have equal shading from beginning to end, especially if there
is no other color-stops in-between them. This we believe is a libart issue
and not fixable by us. The gradient will export and print properly.
The optional cairo build is a compile time option. The is enabled by:
The cairo build option is optional, has not received all the needed
regression tests and requires cairo 1.2.x+ or greater.
Cario 1.2.x+ is strongly recommended.
Our Cairo build does not have these issues. We encourage those
willing to test the Cairo backend builds and report issues to the mailing
list and/IRC. We *know* the Cairo enabled build is slower, but are encouraged
by the on-going development by the Cairo team.
There are extensive notes and detailed on documentation on fonts and trouble
shooting of font issues in the help documentation and online at
http://docs.scribus.net Please read these carefully before filing bugs.
There are issues with the postscript naming conventions with the Computer Modern
Type 1 fonts, depending on distribution. In some cases, not all fonts from the
same family are visible in Scribus. We are working on a more complete solution
for the next release.
BUILDING AND INSTALLING FROM SOURCE
Please see the files `BUILDING' and `INSTALL' for details on how to compile and
install Scribus, library requirements, etc.
One of the more crucial tools Scribus depends on is Ghostscript. While it is
not required for compilation, Scribus must be able to find a recent version of
Ghostscript at runtime for all features to be present and fully working. In
particular, printing, print preview, and PDF/EPS import will not be fully
functional without Ghostscript. Ghostscript 8.5x is STRONGLY recommended.
Support for versions older than 7.07 is untested and Scribus may not operate
reliably using such an old version of gs.
You can get a new version of Ghostscript from http://www.ghostscript.com/ .
There is documentation on how to install a new version of Ghostscript on the
or you can just download it and install it in /usr/local, then set your PATH.
If you're compiling Scribus yourself, it will whine at you during configure if
it notices an older version of Ghostscript, or can't find it at all. If you
know you have a newer version installed, run `gs --version' and (on bash)
`which gs' to check what version is being used and where it's installed. You
may need to tweak your PATH environment variable to find the newer version
instead. Note that you can set which version of Ghostscript Scribus uses, and
where to find it, in the Scribus preferences.
Debian users who haven't installed their own newer version of Ghostscript may
want to install gs-afpl then use:
`update-alternatives --config gs'
as root to select gs-afpl as the default version of Ghostscript to use.
DISTRIBUTION AND OS SPECIFIC NOTES
For MacOSX, OS/2 and Windows Please also see the specific platform notes as
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
Also see the section entitled `GHOSTSCRIPT'.
1)If you are using Qt 3.3.x, please ensure you are using the latest Qt 3.3.x
2)To enable direct CUPS support which recommended, make sure both cups-devel
and openssl-devel are installed. Suse enables ssl support in CUPS. The
current Scribus config checks do not test for this. See the BUILDING file
Red Hat / Fedora / CentOS
Fedora/RH/CentOS users are recommended to have at least Qt 3.3.2-6. These have
important fixes for Scribus. The Scribus RPMS in Fedora Extras are of very high
quality and have been created with close cooperation from Fedora maintainers
and the Scribus Team. We recommend them for most users as they will ensure
correct integration with the menuing system and mime types.
Please see the included help files and http://docs.scribus.net for details.
Grey scale icc profiles in images are not supported in this release..
There is a separate file, PACKAGING for detailed hints and notes on building
packages for Scribus.
On Fedora, if you report a crash bug, it would be extremely handy if you could
build a debug version of Scribus (--enable-debug to configure) and get a stack
trace. This is not required, but does help us diagnose the problem more quickly
and reliably. Some information on stack traces can be found here:
Mac OS X
There is also information about building and using Scribus on Mac OS X on the
Scribus wiki: http://wiki.scribus.net/ .
A Mac OS X native Aqua port is in early testing. More information can be found
on http://aqua.scribus.net/ Note owning to performance regressions in qt3 on OSX,
the Qt4 port of Scribus 1.3.5svn is recommended for use.
There is a separate readme for Windows, please see readme-win32.html
More hints and other information 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:
Thanks to the many translators, testers, packagers and contributors who make
the Scribus community so special.
For the Scribus Team,
in Jan 01 2009