[Scribus] Scribus Team Releases 1.3.0 - La Liberté

Craig Bradney cbradney
Fri Jul 15 02:45:00 CEST 2005

The Scribus Team is pleased to announce a technology preview of the next 
generation of Scribus - Open Source Desktop Publishing.
The aim for this release is to bring improvements and enhancements for both 
professionals and beginning users alike. 1.3.0 improves Scribus' abilities in 
areas like performance, accessibility and workflow. With this release, we 
also commence support for Scribus running natively on Windows and Mac OS X.

While it is very stable and usable, there are a number of under the hood 
changes which will continue through the 1.3.x series

- Work is on-going to make Scribus more platform independent and alpha quality 
builds of Scribus are already working on Win32 and Mac OS X. A native Mac OS 
X build is available at http://aqua.scribus.net
- There is a new undo system, which includes an undo palette that has the undo 
history with details of each action. Undo also has object specific 
capabilities. The number of undo/redo steps can be set in the preferences.
- Revised document and application preferences. Extensive attention has been 
placed on making preferences easier to use with document and application 
preferences distinctly separated.
- Scribus now has "scratch space" which can be used to store objects partially 
or fully off the page.

- Scribus can now generate Tables of Contents, based on user 
definable/selectable attributes.

- Scribus now has its own built-in pre-flight verifier for printing or 
exporting to PDF. The pre-flighter is designed to look for issues which might 
cause problems when printing or exporting PDF.
- More professional DTP features like adding ciceros for measurement units and 
support. Scribus now has true facing page support and page objects such as 
images can span them.

- Scribus now has more extensive support for CMYK images, as well as clipping 
paths in TIFF files, CMYK-JPEG, as well as new support for native Photoshop ? 
PSD files. 16-bit RGB/CMYK TIFF and PSD support will follow soon. ICC color 
management of for these image formats is also upgraded.
- New image effect features including tinting, greyscaling, blurring, 
colorizing and sharpening.

- Scribus 1.3.0 now supports PDF 1.5 features including layers in PDF.

- Scribus 1.3.0 uses an intermediary file format based on the Scribus 1.2.x 
format. The new format to finally replace this intermediary format is in 
design and development stages and its implementation will begin soon.

For future development versions, we will be announcing competitions for icon 
sets and splashscreens.

The Scribus Team would also like to thank Anduin.net/?verby Consulting and 
n at work GmbH, Hamburg for gracefully sponsoring our Scribus Documentation 
site, our Bug Tracker and Anonymous CVS server. Also, a note of thanks to 
University of Salford - School of Media, Music and Performance for providing 
continued hosting of www.scribus.net and upgrading the server hardware.

Getting Scribus 1.3.0
You can:

Download from our Sourceforge page: 

Download from www.scribus.net under:  1.3.0 Downloads
Get the MacOSX build from http://aqua.scribus.net
View some screenshots of the various versions at 
http://scribus.sourceforge.net/gallery/ (to be updated in the coming days)

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