Scribus Team Releases First 1.2 Release Candidate

The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the first release candidate for the
upcoming Scribus 1.2. The Scribus team urges all users and distros to use
this latest release and test thoroughly. The Scribus 1.2 stable release, planned for later this summer, encapsulates over a year of development building on the original 1.0 release. Already, Scribus is being used in commercial settings including a new weekly newspaper launched this spring. The Scribus Team will be presenting at aKademy on using KDE and Scribus.

Among the major new features of Scribus 1.2:

  • A new story editor, complete with style and formatting functions.
    Performance, stability and ease of use have been greatly enhanced.
  • Several new plug-ins, including exporting documents in many image formats, a font previewer and special hyphenation rules for Czech and other languages.
  • Many significant upgrades to the PDF exporter, including the ability to
    export gradients with transparency, Open Type Fonts, set linescreen,
    automatically adjust compression type and other advanced features.
  • A New Template and Save As Template function to make it easy for new users
    to create documents, as well as create new templates.
  • Over 250 bug fixes and feature requests have been implemented.
  • A new EPS/PS importer, which can import EPS/PS and then edit the imported
    vector objects as Scribus native objects.
  • Many improvements to the SVG importer/exporter. Scribus now can handle most
    types of gradients, including transparency in imported SVG.
  • Dozens of new keyboard accelerators and extensive tooltips throughout.
  • A new print previewer, which has the ability to render CMYK separations on
    screen, transparency, UCR (Under Color Removal) giving users a true
    postscript generated preview of the page.
  • Many enhancements to text frames including multi-columned text, baseline
    grids, new contour options, tabs and drop caps.
  • A new table feature to create basic tables within Scribus.
  • Extended support for right to left languages, including Hebrew and Arabic.
    Scribus is now translated into 25 languages with more to come.

The Scribus Team wishes to thank the many contributions and support we have
received from users, bug reporters and packagers who have helped to bring
Scribus to a new level.

Downloads, docs and sample files are available at
Please direct bug reports and feature requests to


Yesterday KDE 3.3 was out (finishing the emerge process right now), then I saw the progress of one of my favourites appz (wich I used for work too!) it's about to reach v1.2! Thanks!! Thanks and thanks again!! That's fantastic...can't explain you how I'm happy!



By Imagino at Fri, 2004/08/20 - 5:00am

Anyone find it odd that screenshots are not screaming out to be clicked on the main page? A quick visual scan of the top and left of the main page I don't see a link anywhere to be found. Why isn't there a screenshots link?

-Benjamin Meyer

By Benjamin Meyer at Sat, 2004/08/21 - 5:00am

Fixed! Just go back to and look on the left side of the menu.


By scribusdocs at Sat, 2004/08/21 - 5:00am

Scribus is a really cool program, but the only thing that annoys me is the floating windows as I find they get in the way. Is there not a way to make them dock, as just dragging them to the side doesn't do it...

By David at Sat, 2004/08/21 - 5:00am

Adding your wish to the ever growing wishlist. Scribus has no docking windows yet because these were very difficult to get right on Qt-3.1.x. But for the next developing cycle we will tage Qt-3.3.x as minimum requirement and there the docking windows will be better to implement.

By fschmid at Sat, 2004/08/21 - 5:00am

I have FreeType2 installed with prefix: /usr/X11R6 and I always have trouble building Scribus. This time I can't figure it out.

I run the 'configure' script and get this error:

checking for freetype-config... ./configure: line 3489: error:: command not found


By James Richard Tyrer at Sat, 2004/08/21 - 5:00am

Scribus has /usr/X11/bin in, but not /usr/X11R6/bin . In most distros one is a symlink to the other so it /should/ work. If your distro has the two as separate paths, configure won't find freetype. does not currently use pkg-config or look on the user's PATH for freetype-config (I'm working on changing that now, but I'm new to autotools - *shudder*).

In the mean time, try applying the following patch to and making sure that freetype-config is on your PATH:

--- 2004-08-23 14:59:30.000000000 +0800
+++ 2004-08-23 15:19:53.000000000 +0800
@@ -52,7 +52,7 @@

-AC_PATH_PROG(FREETYPE_CONFIG, freetype-config, [AC_MSG_ERROR([Could not find libfreetype anywhere, check])], [${prefix}/bin ${exec_prefix}/bin /usr/local/bin /opt/local/bin /usr/bin /usr/X11/bin])
+AC_PATH_PROG(FREETYPE_CONFIG, freetype-config, [AC_MSG_ERROR([Could not find libfreetype anywhere, check])], [${PATH} ${prefix}/bin ${exec_prefix}/bin /usr/local/bin /opt/local/bin /usr/bin /usr/X11/bin])

if test -n "$FREETYPE_CONFIG"; then

By Craig Ringer at Mon, 2004/08/23 - 5:00am

Thanks for the help. I missed that.

It needed a little more work to get it to run:

Note that these are patches to "" therefore, you need to regenerate after applying the patch.

make -f admin/Makefile.common cvs


By James Richard Tyrer at Mon, 2004/08/23 - 5:00am

Downloads dont work on the site :'(

The apache error:

Not Found

The requested URL /scribus/downloads/snaps/scribus-snapshot.tar.bz2 was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

By Tony Espley at Sun, 2004/08/22 - 5:00am

By Craig Bradney at Mon, 2004/08/23 - 5:00am