[Scribus] Scribus in "Page" -- Wow! (Update)
Tue May 9 01:03:19 CEST 2006
Am Montag, 8. Mai 2006 20:34 schrieb Louis Desjardins:
> Christoph Sch?fer a ?crit :
> > Hi all,
> > the current issue of PAGE, the leading German magazine for designer and
> > publishers, contains an article on FOSS publishing software. Here are
> > some excerpts about Scribus:
> > "The list of Scribus' features is really impressing."
> > "Hardly anything a publisher desires is missing."
> > And from the summary:
> > "Designers and publishers are advised to watch the developments in the
> > open source area closely. The quality and the functionality of current
> > free offerings already covers a multitude of requirements. The layout
> > software Scribus has good chances to get a firm seat in professional
> > publishing. The open file format alone is a brilliant feature that
> > publishers have waited for a long time."
> > And I thought these guys wouldn't ever cover anything but the usual
> > suspects (Apple, Adobe, Quark...).
> Some people are starting to notice. This is cool. You know, I think LGM
> Second Edition will be very interesting from that perspective. And it's
> a year from now... Imagine! A year! What can be achieved in a year!
OK, here's a summary of the whole article:
In the TOC, the authors state, that FOSS has to be taken seriously.
In the introduction, they write that Linux already _is_ at home on the
desktop, they also mention Apple's use of FOSS.
The Scribus review -- the first program reviewed -- is short of a praise.
There is also some criticism, but it is ascribed to the early development
phase. The authors are positive that all this will be resolved in 1.4.
Image editing. GIMP's image editing capabilities are equal to Photoshop, but
CMYK and 16-bit support prevent it from being used in print workflows. A good
text engine is still missing. Cinepaint: neutral description of its features
and its main application area (movie production); colour management is
professional grade. Krita: neutral description; in the summary mentioned as a
(future) serious alternative.
Vector graphics: Inkscape: high quality drawing software, fast, comfortably
operable; especially mentioned: included tracer, Inkboard (unique). Lack of
CMYK mentioned. As with Scribus, the authors are fair enough to mention that
Inkscape is still a development version. XaraLX: very fast, image editing
features, thanks to CMYK support ready for printing jobs.
3-D: Blender: In general very postive. Criticised for missing translations and
strange UI. Speed of development mentioned.
Summary: After all the buyouts and mergers, it's good to know that there's a
growing counterpoise to the menace of future monopolies.
I still can't believe I read this in PAGE ;)
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