[scribus] Announce: Scribus 1.4.0 Released
brianjrohan at gmail.com
Mon Jan 2 01:18:40 UTC 2012
How long does this usually take to hit the repositories?
On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM, Vladimir Savic <
vladimir.firefly.savic at gmail.com> wrote:
> Great news! Congratulations from Serbia!
> On 01/02/2012 12:23 AM, Renato Petrovic wrote:
>> Many thanks to The Scribus Team!
>> Renato Petrović,
>> Belgrade, Serbia
>> 2012/1/2 Craig Bradney<cbradney at scribus.info>
>>> 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<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 (
>>> 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
>>> 188.8.131.52 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
>>> 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
>>> national/government standards.
>>> - 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
>>> 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
>>> 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,
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> - 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
>>> many languages.
>>> - Scribus 1.4.0 is being shipped with many more templates than previous
>>> - 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.
>>> Important Information
>>> If you are working with a team, try to make sure that all team members
>>> 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 184.108.40.206).
>>> 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
>>> branch 1.5.x.
>>> 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
>>> The English online help has been mostly updated to match the new
>>> 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
>>> 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/**
>>> - OpenSUSE, Mandriva and SLED RPMs:
>>> - All download options are listed at:
>>> Download Verification
>>> Description File Name Sha1sum
>>> Source scribus-1.4.0.tar.bz2
>>> Source scribus-1.4.0.tar.xz
>>> OS X Leopard or higher (DMG) scribus-1.4.0.dmg
>>> OS X Leopard or higher (PKG) scribus-1.4.0.pkg
>>> Windows 32/64 Bit scribus-1.4.0-windows.exe
>>> OS/2 / eComStation scribus-1.4.0-os2ecs.zip
>>> 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
>>> 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.
>>> About Scribus
>>> 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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