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This is Scribus Version 1.2.4
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The Scribus 1.2.x versions feature a complete rewrite of the rendering engine.
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All rendering is done via libart and freetype2.
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This requires that libart_lgpl and freetype2 are installed.
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Scribus now includes the Short Words plug-in, which was previously
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installed as a separate plug-in. To prevent upgrade problems, you might want to
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uninstall if it was installed via a package or RPM. This was also shipped as the
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scribus-vlna package in both source and rpm format. See PACKAGING for more details.
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Scribus  also has a new OpenOffice.org Writer and Draw importer. This
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requires libxml2, preferably version 2.6.x+. The OpenOffice.org Writer importer
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will import styles from the OpenOffice.org doc and will create similar styles
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within your Scribus document.
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Version 1.2.1 supported Open Office 1.1.x and Star Office 6/7 file formats.
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Version 1.2.2+ supports Open Office 2.x/Star Office 8.x (OASIS) as well.
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Scribus 1.2.3+ also includes 2 icc color profiles to make sure color management
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is working immediately after install. Note that these are basic generic profiles
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are *not* sufficient to ensure good color management. See the help files for details
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under color management. Grey scale icc profiles in images are not supported in this release.
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Scribus 1.2.3+ also supports the proposed OpenIcc standard icc profile
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locations: $home/.color/icc and /usr/share/color/icc/ and /usr/local/color/icc/ under
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linux or other Unixes.
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Scribus will automatically detect them in these locations. Some distro neutral rpms
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for installing profiles are available on www.scribus.net.
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When you now open old documents Scribus will convert all Font Names
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automatically.
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For Changes please see the ChangeLog.
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To use Scribus in your native language be sure that the environment variable
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LC_ALL, LC_MESSAGES, LANG, Qt locale, OR the command line option
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of -l/--lang <lang> is set correctly.
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The new EPS/PS import feature in 1.2.x uses advanced features of Ghostscript.
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We recommend ALL users update to the newest version of Ghostscript available
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for your distro. There are detailed hints on docs.scribus.net for installing
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GS 8.x in parallel to the GS installed by your distro.
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If you have a 64-bit version of Qt, sometimes ./configure will not detect the
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64-bit version headers. Try : ./configure --enable-libsuffix=64 to test for 64-bit
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versions of libraries.
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You can safely install both Scribus 1.2.4 and 1.3.x (development) on the same system provided
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provided you install them into separate $prefix directories. Preferences are also stored in
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separately versioned preferences files.
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Other notes/known issues at the time of release:
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Registration color 100%C 100%M 100%Y 100%K does not work properly with UCR enabled.
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Registration with UCR disabled works properly. This is fixed in the Scribus 1.3.x releases.
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There is a bug in font outline handling for some fonts in the freetype
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libraries. It's being worked on upstream. Don't file a bug report. Instead
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change the font used if you need the outlines. This is not a Scribus bug.
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Some testing has shown that this bug is not present in freetype 2.1.9, but
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we counsel caution trying to upgrade freetype2. Upgrading freetype2 on some
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distros can be quite difficult.
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If you offset and image and then re-scale the image within Scribus, the offset
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measurements are incorrect. To avoid this, perform scaling operations, then do
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and offset moves needed. This is resolved in Scribus 1.3.x releases.
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Issue with gradients:
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If you have gradient (e.g. with black color) with 50% shade in both beginning
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and end of gradient, you end up with darker center than edges. One expects the
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gradient to be with equal shade from beginning to end, especially if there is
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no other Color-Stops in-between them.
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This we are quite sure is a libart issue and not fixable by us. The gradient will export
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and print properly. In the 1.3.x -devel branch using cairo in place of libart
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fixes this issue.
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For Debian Users:
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If Scribus does not start while complaining about the absence of
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PostScript fonts please install either xfonts-scalable or gsfonts-x11.
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They are in the "Recommends" and will be installed by all sensible apt
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front-ends.
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For SuSE 9.x/10.0 Users:
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- On Suse 10.0, there is an issue with adding additional font paths in that the
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  font path name is short one character in the font path settings file located in
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  %home/.scribus/scribusfont.rc file. The cause at the moment is unknown. See:
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  http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=2890 for more details. At the moment, the
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  only workaround is to edit this file manually.
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- The littlecms libs 1.10, which shipped with 9.0 does not offer complete
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  support for all the the latest CMS features in Scribus 1.2. There are updated
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  SuSE 9.x RPM's available on the Scribus.net site. We also recommend using the
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  latest version of lcms.
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- If you are using Qt 3.3.x, please ensure you are using Qt 3.3.2-2+ or greater
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  rpms. These versions have an important fix for drag and drop in Scribus.
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- When compiling from source, to enable direct CUPS support which we recommend, make sure
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 both cups-devel and  openssl-devel are installed. Suse enables ssl support in CUPS.
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- There is an issue with certain dialogs in Scribus with Suse 9.3 and 10.0
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  and Yes, No order. This is adressed in:
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  https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=119090
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For Fedora/RH using Qt 3.3.2-6+ has the same fixes.
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There is a separate file, PACKAGING for detailed hints and denotes on building
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packages for Scribus.
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Many other hints and info are on the www.scribus.net and docs.scribus.net
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sites. Full compile, install and FAQ's are available there.
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There is a lively on-line community, both on IRC @ #scribus on irc.freenode.net
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and the mailing list. Mailing list info can be found at:
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 http://nashi.altmuehlnet.de/mailman/listinfo/scribus
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For the Scribus Team,
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Franz Schmid
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Peter Linnell
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in Jan. 2006