[scribus] Announcement: Scribus Released

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer at gmx.de
Wed Aug 12 22:49:45 CEST 2009


After almost 2 years of intensive work, the Scribus Team is proud to announce 
the release of Scribus 1.3.5. This release is a major development version on 
the road to milestone 1.4, which will be based on 1.3.5.

Following many testing cycles, the Scribus Team considers this version to be 
fairly stable and ready for many real-world use cases. For example, the cover 
of the Official Scribus Manual has been created with a release candidate of 
1.3.5. However, since there are still some rough edges, more cautious users 
may want to prefer to stick with the officially stable series 1.3.3.x, which 
will see its final bugfix release soon.

The Scribus Team will continue to implement new features and improvements in a 
new experimental branch. Once tested and confirmed as working flawlessly, 
they will be backported and become part of the 1.4 milestone.

In comparison to the latest developer release, Scribus 1.3.5 provides the 
following major changes and enhancements:

- 1.3.5 is based on Qt 4 (the minimum required to run 1.3.5 is Qt 4.4.0)
- A native OS X version, available as DMG file (Universal Binary)
- Improved menu integration with OS X
- Large parts of the canvas and text code have been rewritten
- A new frame type called Render Frames, which allows for rendering markup 
languages like LaTeX or POV-Ray inside Scribus
- Added import filters for the following vector formats:  Adobe Illustrator, 
Xfig, WMF
- Added import filters for colour palettes, including allowing palette import 
from EPS/AI files
- Major improvements to the handling of solid colours, as well as new colour 
- Drag and drop improvements
- PDF 1.5 presentation effect support
- Optional embedding of PDF and EPS files
- Transform effects for items
- Path tools for shapes
- Added more additional default shapes, line patterns and arrowheads
- A new line editor for custom line styles
- A new Quick Start Guide in the Help Browser, as well as other major updates 
and enhancements to the online help
- Significant enhancements to existing features like the Scrapbook, the Image 
Manager or the Font Preview

Furthermore, about 1100 feature requests and bugs, large and small, have been 
resolved. Detailed overviews of the changes are available here:


and here:


==Important Information==

Please note that we have branched our code repository:

- 1.3.5 code is available from the "Version135" branch 

- trunk (=experimental) is now versioned 1.5.0svn 
(svn://scribus.info/Scribus/trunk) and has already undergone many changes

Please update your notes/scripts to reflect this change.

The Scribus Team still recommends that all distributions package only Scribus or We recommend the additional packaging of 1.3.5 only 
if it is marked as a development version and can be installed alongside an 
existing Scribus 1.3.3.x (for example as scribus-ng).

An important reminder:
If you are working with 1.3.3.x and decide to implement some design features 
using 1.3.5, you should only work with a copy of your file, since once it is 
saved in 1.3.5 format, you will not be able to open it again with 1.3.3.x. 

Similarly, if you are working with a team, try to make sure that all team 
members use the same Scribus version -- this will avoid many headaches and 
extra work.

==Primary Download Location==

Windows and Mac OSX installers, as well as the source code are available here:


==Further Download Options==

- Upstream Debian/Ubuntu repo: http://debian.scribus.net

- Fedora 10, 11 RPMS: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs

- openSUSE 11.0+ and SLED RPMs: 

- Mandriva 2009 RPM*: 

*) A package for 2009.1 is not yet available because of a dependency issue.

==Source Verification==

sha1sum scribus- 654f68f7651697de480c43ad8e1875e5284c8ec1

sha1sum scribus- ae278e2bec8d402117849373e10877ec63ce8655


The Scribus Team would like to thank Anduin.net/Øverby Consulting for their 
continued hosting of all of the Scribus websites.

As of July 2009, the Scribus Team is also pleased to welcome Resene Colours 
(New Zealand) and Marabu-Druckfarben (Germany) as Special Supporters and 
donors of colour palettes, most of which will become part of the 1.4 release. 

Finally, the Scribus Team would like to thank the many end users, translators, 
testers and contributors who helped us with this important release.

==About Scribus==

Scribus is an award-winning, cross-platform Open-Source page layout 
application with a focus on high-quality and commercial-grade PDF and 
PostScript output. Originally developed on Linux, Scribus runs natively on 
Mac OS X, OS/2, many forms of UNIX and Windows 2000/XP/Vista by now.

Underneath a user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing 
features, such as CMYK colour, spot colours, separations, ICC colour 
management, printing marks and versatile PDF creation, including PDF/X.

Encouraged by professionals and beginners alike, the Scribus Team, supported 
by a large and constantly growing number of enthusiastic contributors from 
all over the world, is dedicated to improve "one of the most powerful and 
useful open-source projects out there" (TechRepublic).


- Scribus Website: http://www.scribus.net
- Scribus Wiki: http://wiki.scribus.net
- Scribus Developer Blog: http://rants.scribus.net/
- Bugtracker: http://bugs.scribus.net

- Scribus General Mailing List: 
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- Scribus IRC Channel: irc://irc.freenode.net/#scribus
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