Author: Christoph Schäfer

Scribus 1.5.6 released

The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of version 1.5.6. The release was delayed due to the current pandemic, but we finally got there. This is a major release on our way to 1.6.0, even though most changes have taken place “under the hood”. Apart from a few remaining fringe issues, this release has been thoroughly tested and is considered to be stable. However, there are also a lot of new features. Please note that while some bugfixes still may be backported to the 1.4.x branch, we do not plan an official release of this version anymore. If you think you need the changes, you have to check out the SVN repository and build 1.4.9svn from source. For more information see:

Scribus 1.5.5 released

The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of the development version 1.5.5. Unlike previous versions of 1.5.x, changes in this version have taken place mostly under the hood and include a large refactoring effort to make the code easier to read, easier to maintain and to increase speed. In addition, many bugs have been fixed, the most noticeable ones being related to the new text engine and its handling of complex scripts. For more information see:

R.I.P. mrdocs (1963–2019)

The Scribus Team is deeply saddened to announce the loss of our friend and colleague Peter Linnell who in the end lost his long battle against cancer. It is no understatement to say that without Peter Scribus wouldn’t be what it is today. It was Peter who spotted the potential of Franz Schmid’s initially humble Python program and, as a pre-press consultant at the time, contacted Franz to make him aware of the necessities of PostScript and PDF support, among other things. Peter also wrote the first version of the Scribus online documentation, which resulted in his nickname “mrdocs” in IRC and elsewhere. Until recently, and despite his detoriating health, Peter continued to be involved in building and releasing new Scribus versions. Scribus was the project he helped to set on track and which marked the beginning of his journey into the world of Free Software development. While it remained at the heart of his commitments to Open Source in general and Libre Graphics software in particular, Peter contributed to Free Software in many other …

Scribus 1.4.7 and 1.5.4 released

The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of Scribus 1.4.7 and 1.5.4. Scribus 1.4.7 is almost exclusively a bugfixing and update release and will be the last iteration of the Scribus 1.4.x line. All future development efforts will go into the upcoming new stable version 1.6.x. The complete changelog for 1.4.7 is available here. Scribus 1.5.4 is in many ways a new milestone on our way to the next officially stable release 1.6.0. Most important changes: Color precision for fill colors has been expanded to 64 bit floating point. Scribus can now handle color palettes in the new ISO standard CxF3 (See: CxF3 files cannot only store palettes in different color models (e.g., RGB, CMYK, LAB) and output intents, but also allow for storing spectral colors, which enables even greater colour precision. Scribus is the first DTP software that supports this demanding standard. Existing import filters have been upgraded to support the LAB color model (where applicable). The Barcode plug-in has been updated and offers new features. Many bugs regarding fringe uses …

HLC Colour Atlas Released

freieFarbe/freeColour has released the first version of its HLC Colour Atlas for coated paper, a printed colour reference based on the the CIELAB colour model, mathematics and hence free of any proprietary restrictions. The HLC Colour Atlas (HLC stands for an intuitive approach to the CIELAB model, using Hue, Saturation and Chroma as colour coordinates) includes 2040 colours that can be printed either as process colours or spot colours. It is being accompanied by a PDF file with layers that shows the reproducibility of the colours in different output targets like sRGB or FOGRA 51, as well as colour conversion tables and colour libraries for different programmes. The Scribus Team, which is a member of freieFarbe e.V., is extremely pleased with the outcome and actively involved in the future development of this free and powerful colour reference. More…

Scribus 1.5.1 released

[14 February 2016] The Scribus Team is very pleased to announce the release of the development version Scribus 1.5.1, which is another major step onto the next fully-featured version 1.6.0. In terms of stability, 1.5.1 can be already be regarded as robust. The Scribus Team encourages the wide-spread use and testing of version 1.5.1 in as many environments as possible. User feedback will help us to release a rock-solid version 1.6.0. More…

Scribus 1.5.0 released

[22.05.2015] After many years of work and more than a thousand bugfixes and feature implementations, the Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of Scribus 1.5.0. Scribus 1.5.0 is a preview of the next stable version 1.6.0 and has primarily been released for testing purposes, so more users can help us with identifying and fixing bugs. It is not stable enough for use in real production scenarios yet, but it can help users to become familiar with the new interface and the amount of new features, the number of which has almost doubled in comparison to the stable 1.4.x series. More… Scribus 1.5.0 Readme