[scribus] beginner's luck, or lack thereof

Repubo repubo at gmail.com
Fri Apr 23 01:14:23 CEST 2010


I'm running Scribus 1.3.6 on a Mac with OS 10.5.8 and Ghostscript 8.7.0.

There may be .dmg files of Ghostscript available, the only one I ever  
used was from 2007; I don't know the version number. That's the  
fastest way to install it, but I don't know if a 3 year version would  
still work well. The version I am using now I installed through  
which I'd suggest.


Install MacPorts, which is available as a .dmg file for Leopard  
(version 1.8.2) and follow their very good instructions on how to use  
it. You'll then need to open and use Terminal (in your Applications/ 
Utilities folder) to install Ghostscript. To start the download and  
install of Ghostscript from Terminal simply open Terminal; you'll see  
your computers name, your name a $ and a cursor. Type this in and hit  

sudo port install ghostscript

You'll then be asked for your password. Enter it, hit return and sit  
back. MacPorts will start gathering all the files necessary and  
install Ghostscript. This could take 5 minutes or 30 minutes depending  
upon your connection, etc. When it's finished you'll see "--> cleaning  
ghostscript" in the Terminal window and your computers name, your name  
a $ and a cursor. You can quit Terminal.

I'd do a restart of your computer then open Scribus/Preferences/ 
External Tools. Under PostScript Interpreter you should see


as Name of Executable. That's where Ghostscript resides on my Mac. If  
it's not there, type in the above and try a print preview.

If all this is too much, try to find a Ghostscript .dmg file (Google  
it) and once it's installed, assuming it installs in your Applications  
folder, try this as Name of Executable:


Good Luck!


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