[scribus] Announce: Scribus 1.4.0 Released
cbradney at scribus.info
Sun Jan 1 23:18:19 UTC 2012
We'd like to announce the release of Scribus 1.4.0 with the below information about the release,
please also see http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/1.4.0_Release for the coloured wiki format.
Scribus 1.4.0 Released
After almost 4 years of intensive work, the Scribus Team (www.scribus.net) has released the new
stable version 1.4.0 of the Open Source desktop publishing program Scribus. Given this is the first
major stable release in some time, this document outlines improvements over the last number of
versions, rather than since just the last one. The idea is to form a general comparison between
this and the last stable release.
In summary, more than 2000 feature requests and bugs have been resolved since the development of
this new version started.
Major changes and improvements in comparison to the last stable version 126.96.36.199 are:
- 1.4.0 is based on the Qt4 application framework. The initial transition from Qt3 was performed
quite quickly, but fine tuning for cross-platform compatibility and taking advantage of new
features took quite some time. As a result, Scribus now runs equally reliable on all supported
- Thanks to the port to Qt4, the Scribus Team now also provides install files for Mac OS X 10.5
or later, as well as a native version for OS/2 Warp 4 and eComStation. Additionally, thanks to
feedback from users of other UNIX platforms, Scribus will build and run on more of those
platforms as well.
- Feature enhancements to object handling (e.g. transform tools like in advanced drawing
programs), with improvements to existing features like the Scrapbook and the Image Manager.
- Many advanced options for text and typography, like character styles, optical margins, or
glyph extension. Undo/Redo is finally available for almost all text-related actions, and a new
script enables replacing straight quotes with typographical quotation marks based on language
settings. Usability improvements include better cursor placement and movement, faster layout
on canvas and interaction between linked frames.
- New features for vector objects, like Boolean path operations, vector effects or a line style
- Major improvements to the handling of fills, like pattern fill, more gradient types, support
for external color palette formats (AI, EPS, GPL, PostScript, SOC), and many new color
palettes, including those from commercial vendors like Resene and dtp studio, as well as
- A new frame type called "Render Frame" allows for rendering (and subsequently export) the
output of every program that can create PostScript, PDF or PNG files via the command
line (e.g. LaTeX, Lilypond, POV-Ray) inside Scribus. The initial version of which was
developed as a project for Google Summer of Code and this project has developed to allow
import of externally produced documents, scientific publications and formulas. More renderers
can be added with a simple configuration file.
- Vector import filters: Scribus 1.4.0 provides new import filters for the following file
formats: Adobe Illustrator (both EPS and PDF-based), Macintosh Picture (PICT),
Windows Metafile (WMF), Xfig (FIG), Calamus Vector Graphics (CVG), Kivio Stencils (SML),
and DIA Shapes (SHAPE).
- Regarding bitmap images, the handling of Photoshop files has seen many major improvements,
like support of multiple clipping paths or PSD layers. The Image Manager has been rewritten,
and new non-destructive image effects have been added. Moreover, Scribus 1.4.0 now supports
EXIF data in images, and import of Windows and OS/2 bitmaps (BMP) has been re-enabled.
- Among the major enhancements to Scribus's pre-press features, printing marks and the display
of ink coverage in the Print Preview are the most important. In addition, Scribus now enables
conversion of spot colors to process colors during PDF and PostScript export with a single
- PDF export has seen major improvements as well. Scribus can now export to PDF 1.5, including
PDF layers. Another new feature is the option to embed EPS and PDF files in exported PDFs as
an alternative to rasterizing them. Also, both font embedding and substitution have been
- For color management, Scribus 1.4.0 now supports both littleCMS version 1 and 2. It's also
possible to enable color management with a single click from the main window.
- Additionally, the Scribus Team has added a feature to emulate color blindness on screen.
- Hundreds of minor and major usability improvements have been added.
- The included scripts have been updated, including the addition of the "Autoquote" script in
the Script menu to convert straight quotes in a text frame to correct quotation marks for
- Scribus 1.4.0 is being shipped with many more templates than previous versions.
- The content of the Help System has been rewritten and updated.
Now that Scribus 1.4.0 has been released, the Scribus Team will focus on stabilizing the 1.5
development branch, which will comprise amazing new features like support for PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-4
and PDF/E, Mesh Gradients, native PDF import, XAR import, a completely rewritten table
implementation, a rewritten text system, and much more. The 1.4.x version is now in
stable/maintenance mode, which means few features will be backported from the 1.5 development
branch. In general, only bugs will be fixed in subsequent 1.4.x versions, along with new content,
like new translations, new templates, or additional color palettes.
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.
Users should be warned that 1.3.3.x cannot open 1.4.0 files.
The Scribus Team recommends that all distributions package Scribus 1.4.0 as "Scribus" (and replace
the outdated Scribus 188.8.131.52).
The 1.4.x branch will now be developed in the Version14x branch of our Subversion repository,
leaving the Version135 one behind. This also fixes the version numbering issues of the past, with
just two main versions, 1.4.x and 1.5.x
The Scribus Team will continue to implement new features and improvements in the development
We recommend the additional packaging of 1.5 only if it is marked as a development version and can
be installed alongside an existing Scribus 1.4.0 (for example as scribus-ng).
The English online help has been mostly updated to match the new features. Translations have
temporarily disabled, since they need to be synchronised with the English version once the update
is complete. Further updates will be included with subsequent 1.4 releases.
Primary Download Location
- Installation packages and the source code are available here:
- Upstream Debian/Ubuntu repo: http://debian.scribus.net/
- Fedora RPMS: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs
- OpenSUSE, Mandriva and SLED RPMs: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs
- All download options are listed at: http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Download
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The Scribus Team would like to thank Anduin.net and Modirum for their continued hosting of all of
the Scribus websites.
We are also grateful to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and
Linux New Media (Germany) for sponsoring.
As of July 2011, the Scribus Team is also pleased to welcome Resene Colours (New Zealand) and
Marabu-Druckfarben (Germany) as Special Supporters and donors of colour palettes which are part
of the 1.4.0 release.
Finally, the Scribus Team would like to thank the many end users, translators, testers and
contributors who helped us with this important release.
Scribus is an Open Source program for professional page layout with press-ready output to PDF files.
Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features,
such as color separations, CMYK and Spot Color support, ICC color management, and versatile PDF
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