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11 August 2009, 14:56

Scribus 1.3.5 desktop publishing application released

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Scribus 1.3.5 on Mac OS X.
Zoom Scribus 1.3.5 on Mac OS X.
The Scribus developers have announced the availability of version 1.3.5 of their open source desktop publishing (DTP) application. Scribus 1.3.5 uses version 4 of the free Qt toolkit and is a major development release on the road to milestone 1.4. According to the announcement post, the 1.3.5 release resolves approximately 1,100 feature requests and bugs, however, the developers advise cautious users to stick with the officially stable series 1.3.3.x as "there are still some rough edges".

For the first time, Scribus is now available as a native (Universal Binary) application for Mac OS X and includes improvements to menu integration. Portions of the canvas and text code have been re-written and a new frame type called Render Frames has been added. Other major improvements have been made to the handling of solid colours and colour pallets and to drag and drop. Several import filters for vector formats, such as Adobe Illustrator, Xfig, and WMF have been added, as well as colour palettes. The release includes PDF 1.5 presentation effect support and a new line editor for custom line styles.

More details about the release can be found in the 1.3.x Roadmap and in the change log. A "Get Started with Scribus" guide is provided. Scribus 1.3.5 requires Qt 4.4.0 or later and is available to download from Scribus is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).


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