The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of Scribus 1.3.1, Unité. The 1.3.1 release is the second development version towards a new stable 1.4. This release brings new features never before available in any open source application including enhanced spot colour printing, intelligent colour wheel, in-line graphics, variable page sizes and ICC colour support. There has also been work towards Cairo support and a native Windows version and an initial MacOS X native build is available.
- Scribus now natively supports spot colour printing for true DeviceN colour space support, natively rendering spot colours, with no maximum limit to the number of spot colours. Scribus uses enhanced spot and separation previews for previewing all separations when a new version of Ghostscript is available. The new spot colour support can also convert spot colours into composite CMYK in both print and PDF export. DeviceN support works with both EPS and PDF export.
- This release also adds support for displaying colours and making colour choices with an intelligent colour wheel for colour schemes and to help individuals with colour viewing impairments. This is a first, we believe, for any page layout application.
- Scribus text frames now support in-line graphics, both images along with scaled vector drawings.
- Additional code, patches and fixes for Win32 and Mac OSX compatibility. Substantial progress has been made for both platforms and an initial 1.3.1 release of Scribus for MacOS X is available. A Win32 native release is hoped to be available for one of the next 1.3.x releases.
- Scribus now has a Calendar Creation Wizard python plug-in with support for several languages.
- New experimental, optional build time support for using the Cairo graphics library as a rendering engine. Currently, there are some minor performance issues, however, most notably gradient display is improved.
- Many improvements in page and document layout. Scribus now supports variable page sizes and orientations within a single document, as well as when printing or exporting PDF.
- Implemented a new startup dialogue with more options for creating, or opening recent and existing documents.
- Continued improvements in ICC colour support including searching system directories for ICC profiles. Scribus 1.3.1+ now supports the proposed OpenICC specification for colour management profiles.
The Scribus Team would also like to thank Anduin.net/Øverby Consulting and n@work
GmbH, Hamburg for gracefully sponsoring our Scribus Documentation site, our Bug Tracker and Anonymous CVS server. Also, a note of thanks to University of Salford - School of Media, Music and Performance for providing continued hosting of our website including upgrading the server hardware.
Getting Scribus 1.3.1
The Scribus Team would also like to thank the many end users, testers and contributors to making this our finest release to date.