[Scribus] Scribus vs. MS Publisher

avox avox
Thu Apr 12 22:33:51 CEST 2007

Helge Hielscher-2 wrote:
> Hallo Owen,
> On 4/12/07, Owen Cook <rcook at pcug.org.au> wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 11:38:25AM +0200, Helge Hielscher wrote:
>> > what are the advantages/disadvantages of Scribus over MS Publisher? Is
>> > Publisher really that much easier to use for people who are familiar
>> with
>> > MS Word?

If they want the same crashes and inconsistencies, maybe. While Scribus has
quirks here and there, it's usually fast to learn. 

The main problem is to learn the difference between word processing and page
that's independent of application (see

>> MS Word, Open Office Writer and similiar programs are word processors.
>> Scribus is a
>> publishing program. You cannot compare the two. (Is this a homework
>> question?)
>> Google for the differences.
> Sorry, but the distinction is not that clear. [1]
> Compare:
> http://www.westermayer.de/till/layout1.pdf
> http://www.westermayer.de/till/layout2.pdf
> http://www.schauan.com/Downloads/DTP-Probleme/Textsatztest_ID.pdf
> http://www.schauan.com/Downloads/DTP-Probleme/Textsatztest_Qx4.pdf
> http://www.schauan.com/Downloads/DTP-Probleme/Textsatztest_Cal.PDF

That's a very simple task for a DTP program. With DTP programs you can
achieve a much more complex layout, with text flowing around images, layers,
drop shadows, etc.

Doing page layout with a word processor will drive you nuts.

>> > On http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Similar_Programs it states that
>> > Publisher is joke, but what exactly makes it that?
>> I think what is implied is that Publisher is not a Desk Top Publishing
>> program in the true
>> sense of the phrase.

Well, it *is* if you are also targeting a desktop printer :-)

If you take Publisher-PDFs to a print shop, you are likely to run into
Scribus PDF output is at least as good as that of Indesign or Quark (for
printing purposes).

>> I think if you spent a little time examining the Edit->Properties of
>> Scribus and compare
>> those with Publisher, you will have a better understanding of the
>> differences.
> Sorry, but I do not own a copy of Publisher.

Nor do I, but users report that they dont regret switching from Publisher to

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