[scribus] Scribus Versions

a.l.e ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
Mon Oct 18 14:30:28 CEST 2010

> I would love to get some clarification on the various versions of 
> Scribus. I see a plethora of version numbers thrown around and even 
> went onto the Net to see if I could work it out. All I got were MORE 
> version numbers!!
> I see 1.3.x;; 1.3.4; 1.3.5; 13.8; 1.4 etc and then various 
> letters or names after the numbers (ie svn, stable etc). I find this 
> most confusing!
> Can someone sort this all out for me? And explain it in detail. There 
> seems to be different development tracks.

i don't think that the version number needs any explaination anymore.

it's an anomalous situation and, as soon as 1.4 will be out, everything 
will be ok again.

what you need to know is:

- each scribus version get a number 1.x.y.
- if x is even it's a stable version
- if x is odd it's a development version
- y is a sequence of minor bug fixes (and small improvements)

on top of it:
- is a stable version (and is an exception).
- 1.3.8 and 1.3.9 are the unstable version which will lead -- as soon as 
possible -- to the next stable version: 1.4.
- 1.5.x is where the development version

> I currently have 1.3.8 as my main version on Kubuntu 10.04 and I also 
> have on my Mint 9 KDE Box but I see the formats 
> between these two are not common!! On that subject can I convert a 
> 1.3.8 file back to the format?
if you're starting to use scribus now and you don't have to exchange 
files with other people who are already using, you can safely 
go for 1.3.8.

just be warned that files created by 1.3.8 can't be read by
if it does matter for you, just use

files created by 1.3.8 will correctly open in 1.3

files created by can be opened by 1.3.8.

hope that helps

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