Scribus 1.4.3 released, Haiku port available

Scribus 1.4.3 released, Haiku port available

An update of Scribus, free desktop publishing software, is now available with bugfixes, new color swatches, and a Haiku port.

One of the most user-visible changes is the introduction of more color swatches. This time those are color books by The Galaxy Gauge, as well as new color palettes from government agencies (Canada, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom) and more open source color palettes have been included.

The barcode generator was updated to include more type of barcodes, including the utmost popular QR.

On top of that the preflight checked was improved, the online documentation was updated, and the build system was enhanced.

This version was also ported to Haiku — a BeOS-inspired operating system. This work was done by Giovanni Mugnai. The port isn't complete due to lack of some system components like CUPS and Tkinter. For more information please visit the related wiki page.

You can find the more or less complete log of changes in the tracker. All download links are available on the project's website.

What's next? The team is currently busy working on upcoming v1.5.0 which, according to the latest information, is anticipated around end of this year, with stable v1.6.0 expected sometime in 2014. Scribus 1.5.0 is getting some long anticipated features, such as numeric and itemized lists, true tables, footnotes, various usability improvements etc.

The next two major features that might or might not end up in v1.6.0 are the exporting of EPUB books, and the complete support for OpenType features and, therefore, complex scripts (think devanagari).

While the former feature is shaping up nicely thanks to dedicated work of Alessandro Rimoldi, the latter one isn't exactly OK. The friendly fork of Scribus that implements OpenType shaping via harfbuzz is reportedly not stable enough and carries around its own patched copy of harfbuzz that seems to be out of sync with the upstream version of the library.

The Scribus team is currently lacking the manpower to merge the changes and complete them to make OpenType support rock-solid before shipping it as part of a new release. This simply means that the team will have to establish communication with the developer who started the initiative. But we have faith, have we not?

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  1. Alexandre great post as always!  You seem to on top of EVERYTHING! 

    I am blown away with Scribus at 1.4.2, and can’t wait until 1.6 next year.

    We produce GIMP Magazine using Scribus for our desktop publishing (both print version and digital on-line versions), images from GIMP and vector graphics from Inkscape.

    Great package!  Rock solid stability.


  2. Alexandre Prokoudine 31 July 2013 at 8:06 pm

    @tonttu, yes, but SVN still gets Qt5-related commits.

  3. I find it’s quite hard for me to install this stable release on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. While on Windows, what I have to do is just double-click and install. What is the point for this? Why wouldn’t they provide a stable PPA or .deb package that only require double-click to install once and for all?

    I don’t see Google Chrome or Opera have a problem to make their .deb file to does exactly just like .exe file on Windows, not even have to bother with PPA. And now I have to compile stable Scribus to use it on Ubuntu…

  4. @Kreaninw, before cursing the hell, Have you tried searching the Scribus site?
    You must add the corresponding repositories in the sources.list (gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list) and follow instructions there to get and export the key. “sudo apt-get update” and install Scribus.

  5. Alexandre Prokoudine 02 August 2013 at 4:50 pm

    @Kreaninw, that’s because you are on 12.04. If you were using 13.04, with Chrome you’d soon run into a broken dependency that wasn’t fixed for 13.04 until two months after the release of 13.04. That’s how easily Chrome installs :)

  6. @Alexandre Prokoudine

    True, you have the point. But 13.04 is in beta, I think no one would expected it or the app in the environment to work properly. And considering that the next stable release for Ubuntu is 14, it’s fast and efficient enough to fixed it in 2 months. You can’t blame anything here. Everyone volunteer to be a test unit for both the OS and the apps. This doesn’t apply only to Ubuntu, Windows 8 preview was also had many issues when it was released.

    Well, this is not my point. My point is that, there should have a better way to install Scribus stable on Ubuntu. On Windows it’s just double click on Ubuntu you have to read the instructions? The more Ubuntu stay away from terminal the better. And it’s not just Scribus, LO office also have to lern how to combine numerous deb files into one deb file. They can do it with one exe file for Windows anyway.

    Ubuntu will never be a preferable choice for most users this way, unless Ubuntu decided to update all apps in their USC properly.

  7. Alexandre Prokoudine 03 August 2013 at 2:40 pm

    My point is that, there should have a better way to install Scribus stable on Ubuntu.

    And that’s what adding a repository does: you do it once, and then you get all updates automatically. While a PPA might be even more preferable, technically it’s the same thing.

  8. Thank you for detail information on 1.4.3 update.
    Any news on what happened to Scripter2?
    Good luck to Scribus team with hiring talented people!

  9. Nice post!

    I’ve written a tutorial about how to install / upgrade Scribus 1.4.3 for Ubuntu and Linux Mint users.


  10. Saurabh Shabdik 26 August 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Sir, where can I get any experimental new version for windows?  Recent stable versions lack indic support.

  11. Alexandre Prokoudine 26 August 2013 at 6:20 pm

    @Saurabh, I have an older installer of the indic branch for Windows. It’s from February 2013. Would it work for you?

  12. I’m sorry Sir :(
    Even very recent windows version didn’t worked. I’m looking forward to more development. Even in my Linux mint Olivia I tried typing with iBus Avro, popular free-source IME,it worked, but rendering wasn’t proper. Looking forward to some good news.

  13. Thanks for the detailed information on Scribus 1.4.3 . Much appreciated.

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