[scribus-dev] Scribus 1.5.0 released

Louis Desjardins louis.desjardins at gmail.com
Tue May 26 10:17:28 UTC 2015

Hi all!

That is impressive!

I have transmitted the good news to Christian Ambaud (OIF) who was
delighted by the news.

He asked me about the time frame for the release of 1.6 stable and I would
like to give him some kind of a hint, even if we’re going to officially say
it’s going to be ready when it’s ready! Any hints on that time frame? At
least, the targeted moment?



2015-05-25 18:08 GMT-04:00 "Christoph Schäfer" <christoph-schaefer at gmx.de>:

> After many years of work and more than a thousand bugfixes and feature
> implementations, the Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of
> Scribus 1.5.0. Scribus 1.5.0 is a preview of the next stable version 1.6.0
> and has primarily been released for testing purposes, so more users can
> help us with identifying and fixing bugs. It is not stable enough for use
> in real production scenarios yet, but it can help users to become familiar
> with the new interface and the amount of new features, the number of which
> has almost doubled in comparison to the stable 1.4.x series.
> ==Most Important Technical Changes==
> - Scribus 1.5.0 uses Qt 5 as its UI toolkit. The minimum version to
> compile Scribus from source is Qt 5.4.
> - The file format has undergone significant changes and may change even
> further before the release of 1.6.0. Thus, files created or edited in 1.5.0
> cannot be opened in earlier versions of Scribus. Potential changes to the
> file format on the road to 1.6.0 notwithstanding, the Scribus Team will
> work very hard to make sure that files created by 1.5.0 and the following
> technology previews can be opened reliably in the next stable release.
> - Unfortunately we cannot offer GraphicsMagick and Open Scene Graph
> support for all platforms yet, whereas on Linux (and probably *BSD), GM and
> and OSG have become new dependencies.
> - Scribus will detect an installed version of UniConvertor and use it to
> import some of the vector formats supported by this program into Scribus.
> ==Most Important New Features==
> ===General===
> -The user interface has been overhauled and restructured in many places.
> For example, the context menu takes a lot less screen estate than before,
> and the Document Setup / Preferences dialog has been rewritten from
> scratch. The Scribus Team is aware of the remaining deficiencies and will
> work on resolving these issues before the release of 1.6.0. In some cases
> inconsistencies in the UI (e.g. the "Drop Shadow" tab in the Properties
> Palette) have been deliberately left in place to receive feedback from
> users as to which way they prefer.
> - Scribus can now store bitmap images within its native file format.
> Previously it was only possible to link to external images.
> - Scribus 1.5.0 now offers a "Symbol" or clone feature similar to Adobe
> Illustrator: If one master object (Symbol) has been modified, all of its
> copies (clones) are being modified as well.
> - With the new "Weld" feature, objects can be combined and moved without
> being "grouped", i.e., each object remains fully editable.
> ===Text / Typography===
> Scribus 1.5.0 provides some of the most often requested text features,
> among them:
> - vertical scaling of text;
> - orphans and widows control;
> - foot and end notes;
> - text variables;
> - cross references.
> Moreover, Inline Objects in text frames are finally fully editable.
> ===Tables==
> In previous Scribus versions tables were nothing more than combined text
> frames. Scribus 1.5.0 finally introduces "real" tables that resemble table
> features in word processors and other DTP programs, including table styles.
> ===Graphics===
> - A new feature-rich plug-in called 'Picture Browser' enables asset
> management for graphics files by tagging them or creating graphics
> collections. Graphics files can be dragged into a Scribus document from the
> Picture Browser.
> - Scribus 1.5.0 supports all advanced gradient types available in Adobe
> Illustrator and XARA Designer, including mesh gradients.
> - One of the most-requested features -- drop shadows -- is finally
> available, albeit still experimental.
> - For documents that comprise many large (in terms of file size) bitmap
> images, a configurable image cache has been added. It can buffer image
> files to the hard drive and free RAM, so Scribus can continue to run
> smoothly.
> ===File Import / Export===
> Scribus 1.5.0 is being shipped with a huge number of new or rewritten
> import filters, although not all of them are of equal quality, and some are
> still experimental.
> ====DTP Files====
> For the first time in its history, Scribus 1.5.0 can open / import files
> created by other DTP programs, namely: Adobe InDesign XML (IDML), Adobe
> InDesign Snippets (IDMS), Adobe PageMaker (P65, PMD), Apple iWorks PAGES,
> Microsoft Publisher (PUB), QuarkXPress Tags (XTG), VIVA Designer XML, and
> Xara Page & Layout Designer (XAR).
> Regarding DTP formats not yet supported, a workaround is sometimes to use
> an output format as an option. Accordingly, Scribus 1.5.0's PDF importer
> has been rewritten from scratch, and Scribus can now reliably open almost
> every PDF file directly with the original layout intact. For Windows users,
> Scribus 1.5.0 also comes with reliable import filters for Microsoft's PDF
> alternatives XPS (Windows Vista and 7) and OXPS (Windows 8 and later).
> ====Vector Drawings====
> - The import filter for Adobe Illustrator files has been rewritten from
> scratch and Scribus's graphics capabilities have been expanded accordingly,
> so most AI files can be imported or opened flawlessly. Moreover, Scribus
> can now detect hybrid AI files and enables users to choose between the AI
> and the PDF version.
> - The import filter for OpenDocument graphics files has been rewritten
> from scratch and expanded, so Scribus can now open and import ODG drawings
> and ODP slide shows without issue.
> - "Layers" in SVG files are now supported if an SVG document is being
> opened (as opposed to being imported into an existing document).
> - Thanks to the libraries provided by the Document Liberation Project,
> Scribus can now import native MS Visio and CorelDraw files.
> - Other new import filters: Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM), Photoshop
> Custom Shapes (CSH), Micrografx Draw (DRW), Enhanced Metafile (EMF),
> StarView Metafile (SVM), WordPerfect Graphics (WPG), Xara Designer (XAR).
> ====Bitmap Files===
> - Scribus 1.5.0 supports the open standard Open Raster (ORA) for complex
> bitmap files, including advanced features like layer effects or paths.
> - With GraphicsMagick installed, Scribus can import all bitmap files
> supported by this program, including GIMP's native XCF format.
> - Scribus 1.5.0 can import PGF bitmaps, an open alternative to JPEG 2000.
> ====3D====
> With OpenSceneGraph installed, Scribus 1.5.0 can import 3D objects in all
> formats supported by OSG into a new frame type called "3D Annotation".
> Scribus also offers limited editing functions, such as setting the lighting
> source or the default display mode for a PDF-3D-capable PDF viewer.
> ====Colors and Fills====
> Scribus 1.5.0 can use color palettes in the Adobe Color Swatch (ACO) and
> AutoCAD ColorBook (ACB) formats, as well as GIMP Gradients (GGR) and GIMP
> Patterns (PAT). The former color manager has been extended to a "colors and
> fills manager" to reflect Scribus's new capabilities.
> ===Output===
> The most important new feature with respect to output is the support of
> PDF/X-4 in the PDF exporter. Another important addition, at least in some
> environments, is an exporter for Microsoft's XPS format.
> For a cursory overview of all new features, see:
> http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus_1.5_Readme
> A data sheet is available here:
> http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/File:Data_sheet-Scribus150.pdf (English)
> http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/File:Datenblatt-Scribus150.pdf (Deutsch)
> The complete changelog is available here:
> http://bugs.scribus.net/changelog_page.php?version_id=60
> ==New Website==
> Thanks to Carsten Liersch and Dennis Groenewegen van der Weijden, we're
> also pleased to present Scribus via a new and modern website to the world.
> ==Primary Download Locations==
> - Installation packages for Windows, Mac OS X and the source code are
> available here:
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/scribus/files/scribus-devel/1.5.0/
> - Fedora and CentOS RPMs:
> http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs
> - OpenSUSE, SLED, and SLES RPMs:
> http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs
> - Packaging for *BSD, Solaris and OpenIndiana is beyond our influence. We
> recommend updating the respective repository data on a regular basis.
> ==Download Verification==
> Description                     File Name                       Sha1sum
> Source                          scribus-
> 7a8dbe7ae7790ecc194dbe9c6c23726bb3b226d7
> Source                          scribus-1.5.0.tar.xz
> fdf451037073ee648f135669535508813d61ee7e
> OS X Mavericks or higher (DMG)  scribus-1.5.0.dmg
>  55a1e0800b73f7b7b0b136b3ebc1eb6a03ef0b07
> Windows 32/64 Bit               scribus-1.5.0-windows.exe
>  9a0ce39350e77d6a907f8aae2b6d803ba6345ef7
> Windows 64 Bit                  scribus-1.5.0-windows-x64.exe
>  42d489fe1098797772a14113ca2ac49244a4dbd2
> ==Credits==
> The Scribus Team would like to thank Anduin.net and Modirum for their
> continued hosting of all of the Scribus websites.
> We are grateful to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and
> Linux New Media (Germany) for sponsoring.
> Special thanks go to Carsten Liersch/Bauwerk Design (Germany) and Dennis
> Groenewegen van der Weijden for the design of the new Scribus website.
> The Scribus Team is also honored to have Resene Colours (New Zealand), dtp
> studio oldenburg (Germany), GiveLife Color System (Spain), Scientific
> Illustration Services Corp. (USA), the Newspaper Association of America
> (USA) and Software Consulting Services (USA) as Special Supporters and
> donors of color palettes and other content since the 1.4.x release, just
> like we are grateful to the owner of Vector Portal for the permission to
> distribute some of his work as Scribus Templates.
> Porting Scribus to OS/2 and eComStation is being supported by Mensys BV
> (The Netherlands) and Serenity Systems (USA).
> Finally, the Scribus Team would like to thank the many end users,
> translators, testers and contributors who helped us with this release.
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