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Scribus: Open Source Desktop Publishing: Home

A guide to the open source desktop publisher Scribus.



The Scribus interface, as pictured below, is relatively intricate and dynamic in nature. Users new to Scribus and to professional desktop publishing software, may be a bit intimidated, but there is a great deal of supporting documentation, both in print and online, to help users navigate this powerful software like a pro. This guide can help you get started!


What is Scribus?

Scribus is powerful desktop publishing software. One of the things that makes Scribus so appealing is that the software is “open source”, so it is free for anyone to download. It is a very viable alternative to Adobe’s InDesign.

What can I do with Scribus?

A rich and dynamic tool, Scribus can be employed to create any type of publication, from fliers, posters, magazines, pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, etc., with very professional results.

Used in conjunction with other design programs like Photoshop or GIMP and/or vector graphic programs like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, the opportunity to create high quality products are endless. 

What is “open source” software?

Scribus is a type of software that is known as open source. This means that not only is the program available and free to use, but also, the source code is open to the public to create an environment for collaborative modifications and improvements.

Where can I get Scribus?

You can download Scribus and find out other information about it by clicking on the button below.

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