[Scribus] Scribus really great... but slow?

Peter Linnell scribusdocs
Mon May 19 17:55:22 CEST 2003

On Mon, 2003-05-19 at 09:27, Thomas Ahlstr??m wrote:
> Hi, 
> I'm working with Ventura and InDesign professionally. <snip>

I do too.  

Long text documents with automatic text frames are not speedy. That is
partly because the Scribus format is XML based, but more robust than
binary files. Moreover, Qt is not a speed demon, but getting better.

The best speed-up hints:

1) Keep the number of fonts reasonable - under 100
2) If you are ambitious, recompile Qt and use the latest 3.1.2 and
Scribus with march=pentium4 or whatever is appropriate for your setup 
3) Lock text frames after the content is edited. This sometimes speeds
up redraws.
4) Disable anti-aliasing in qtconfig. Why ? see:

You will also find Indesign 2.02 and Illustrator 10.x will import
Scribus PDF's nicely, including most all the PDF 1.4 features Scribus is
capable of creating. See:


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