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Average score 2.99 (based on 71 votes)

given by nicu dtp on December 10, 2006

Scribus is good, but not enough. Kerning and tracking are difficult, the distance between words is to big (and it cannot be changed). And the speed. Why didn't write it in java?

given by Toni Hintikka on February 5, 2007

Scribus is very good and it´s free aplication.

given by Ens on March 10, 2007

Don't let people fool you, this will never be a replacement for Quark or InDesign.

If you are looking for something to replace MS Publisher this is it, its not even worth a look for replacing InDesign or Quark.

given by Anonymous on March 19, 2007

given by Anonymous on May 4, 2007

It needs support for Publisher files

given by Anonymous on June 4, 2007

Scribus is coming on fine. We use it commercially as our DTP solution ...

given by Naegling on June 28, 2007

I am not impressed with Scribus. It is rather unstable. I can understand wanting to go open source (I do whenever possible) but it is simply not economically feasible to use Scribus as a main tool.

given by Anonymous on September 20, 2007

I used scribus to create a prospectus for my boss. Worked really well. If you are new to DTP Scribus gives you all you want ;) And i didn't have any crashes during 1 week of working with it. Really nice OS App

given by Anonymous on October 7, 2007

given by kurgbe on May 12, 2008

Scribus does not have a "real" table object. When you create a table, Scribus creates a group of text box. Difficult to resize, difficult to edit, ....

given by Jon E on July 14, 2008

Scibus crashes constantly for me whenever working with fonts. No font previews. Can't apply a new font without closing the dialog. Difficult to change paragraph options. Outdated UI. I love linux but this one needs lots of refinement, IMHO. I would love to see something a little more polished and stable for linux in the desktop publishing realm. I will keep using it to track the bugs and submit them, if not already done so.

given by Anonymous on August 25, 2008

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given by quest on October 30, 2008

Comes to a crawl with just ten pages of text only, performance extremely poor

given by Anonymous on November 19, 2008

Loading projects take too long. Very poor performance, even on a fast computer. This is like Windows 95 all over again.

given by Anonymous on January 31, 2009

poor perfomance,
no object-styles supported
no character-styles support
poor paragraph-styles supporting
no type1 fonts support
no open-type fonts support
no alfa-chanel support
no spot-colors support

bad interface

It is not alternative for Adobe products (PM,QxP, Indd).
It is stuppid kiding-gadget

given by Eddie Barksdale on May 11, 2009

It's usable, but really not even half the program InDesign is. It's buggy, slow, difficult to use, and hard to navigate. The list of suggestions I could write up is too large for a comment, but here's some basic ones:
Support for PDF import.
Change default style templates.
Use a standard form of navigation in the open and save menus.
I really would like to see this program become better, but unfortunately cannot help in both donations and programing, so I hope the programmers are not discouraged by these poor reviews and create a program that can really compete with InDesign, but for now, considering investing in the Adobe program.

given by Anonymous on September 16, 2009

If you care about typography, Scribus is almost certainly going to drive you batty. As of 1.3.3, the kerning tables in OpenType fonts seem to be completely ignored, though apparently a fix is in the works. Typographer's quotes must be added manually---that is, via selecting e.g. "Insert>Quote>Double Left" from the menu---every time you want one, whether doubles or singles. Same goes for even commonly-used ligatures. Those same ligatures, once entered, break spell-check. The combination of the above problems makes Scribus essentially unusable for the typesetting of long narratives; and when you consider how slow Scribus' becomes when working with even 10-page documents, you can forget about self-publishing that novel you've been meaning to write.

Still, from a nuts and bolts perspective, it is a reliable WYSIWYG editor.

given by Anonymous on March 18, 2010

This program is the Shiet!(In a good way!!!) If you dont mind saving every 5 minutes ;)
Keep up the Good Work Scribus dev team!

given by Larry Levesque on August 9, 2010

I have used Quark, InDesign, and PageMaker. Scribus is well on its way to be a replacement for these. I use it to create professional documents for work and play. I create many newsletters and it works fine.

I actually find the interface easier than anything else. And let me tell you - you can't beat the price. BTW I would never use a DTP app to create tables. Create the tables is a SS app, Convert to SVG or EPS and import into Scribus.

I wouldn't use a DTP app to create tables the same way I wouldn't use a DTP app to write my articles(I use OOwriter for that).
A DTP app is designed to lay out the finished product, not create all of it from scratch!

given by Andrew on October 23, 2010

I would say ignore the negative comments - It does what it's
supposed to, it's not supposed to be a replacement for
expensive professionals. What did you expect - that a free
alternative to a high-end product is just going to fall out
of the sky? Saying that, it's a pretty good for its price; a
very reliable editor.

given by dci-Japan on November 16, 2011

It's simply too slow to be any use. I tried on several Windows XP computers including a rather fast one. Waiting 10 seconds for even a minor edit is simply not workable.

given by flamingpanties on August 18, 2012

It's usable enough for a basic project if you have time, patience and nerves of steel. Nothing works in an intuitive way. The interface is disorganized and cryptic making this a program hair puller unless you really know what you're doing. Why can't they make outbound links annoitation attach to the text? If you text moves away from the annoitation it no longer works as a clickable link.

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given by Rod Greenwood on May 27, 2019

I would love Sribus to be number one but as it does not accept Romanian characters I think I will leave it alone!

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