[Scribus] Scribus ready for production?

Gustavo Homem gustavo
Wed Aug 23 14:58:51 CEST 2006


On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 02:33:43PM +0200, Seb wrote:
> Hi all,
> I work for a publishing company, where we use routinely use InDesign for
> covers, posters, flyers and so on, even though most of our computers run
> Linux (Debian flavor). In the coming months we will create a paper
> magazine whose pages will all need to be typeset with an InDesign-like
> software (we often use LaTeX for our books). At this point, we're willing
> to give a go to Scribus since it can use CMYK colors and so on.
> According to the website and features lists, Scribus seems ready to be
> deployed for production. Yet, being an open source developer myself I know
> that sometimes more work should be done here and there, that a feature
> mostly works or that a large piece of code can need rewriting to be work
> well with other recent changes. Only insiders can have this kind of
> knowledge, and that's why I'm asking for your help.
> Would you consider Scribus to be ready for the creation of a full-featured
> project such as a magazine?

I think is worth a try, since many important issues were fixed.

> Are there caveats that we should know about? Things that might break?
> Other things that have not yet been fully tested?


- story editor should be used most of the time instead of directly the text frame
- pictures crossing facing pages have to be duplicated because there is no auto margin skipping

(place, copy, paste, displace the pasted picture by 2xmargins, group)

Please see this  issue list:


The ones in grey are solved with which seems pretty good IMO.

I'm pointing you to this list because some of the features may not be on the docs yet.

> Do you know of subscribers-paid magazines that are entirely done with
> Scribus? Other success stories?

I am working on such pilot project.

> We will commit a lot of time and money to this project, so I'd be very
> grateful if you could answer in the sincerest possible way. If you think
> it'd be better to wait a few months for an upcoming release, that's the
> kind of info I'm also interested in.

I think you definitly should go for a test-drive of, and please read carefully the issue list

For any other issues that you  find, you'll probably get useful comments from the list.

Best regards

> Thanks a lot for your help.
> Seb.
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