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Hi MarcM, welcome to the forums.

Are you trying to 'open' the pdf files or place them as pictures within a picture frame?  Also which version of Scribus and Ghostscript are you using?

Installation and Setup / Unable to open .pdf files, after installing Ghostscript
« Last post by MarcM on December 11, 2017, 06:38:39 pm »
I'm on a Mac running osSierra. This Scribus newbie would appreciate some help.
General Discussion / Re: What is the level of commitment of the developers?
« Last post by GarryP on December 11, 2017, 03:24:00 pm »
Welcome to the forum aceadman.

I agree that the official Scribus website is poorly maintained and doesn't offer much information. You can find a discussion about it here:,2282.0.html (I really don't have the patience to get involved in that anymore.)

I can't comment on the book you've found but it is more up-to-date than the other ones:

The level of activity on this forum is fairly sporadic. Every now and again there is a small flurry of posts but it usually just plods along with a few questions each week. There are other forums (some in languages other than English) so a bit of web searching might take you somewhere more active. I don't use any of the other Scribus forums so I can't comment on what happens elsewhere.

I can't see Scribus "disappearing" any time soon. Even if all the developers down-tools and walk away tomorrow, the software is still usable and will remain so forever (or at least while the available operating systems continue to run it). The current stable version - 1.4.6 - hasn't had any updates for nearly two years and a lot of people, including myself, are still using it. (Current SourceForge info' says around 10,000 downloads a week and that doesn't include stats from Linux software managers etc.)

Even if someone is really mean and removes all the official repositories and the backups - if that's even possible - there will always be someone with the source code on their own machine that can be shared and rebuilt by anyone with the necessary tools and skills. Open source software doesn't die, it just gets left behind by some people.

Once you have the software, and it does what you need it to do, then you shouldn't have any problems making a library of files that can be used for future work.

P.S. I know of one other DTP application that will probably be very interesting when it comes out but it's not due for release in beta until some unspecified time in 2018 (maybe).
General Discussion / Re: What is the level of commitment of the developers?
« Last post by Nermander on December 10, 2017, 12:59:39 pm »
Since Scribus is Open Source, it means that any developer can really take over.

So asking about the current developers might not tell you anything about the future. Even if they are currently committed, things may happen (family issues, work issues, illness etc) that will change all this.

But the advantade with Open Source is that it uses Open file formats. The file formats are documented (sometimes only in the source code though), which means that even if the program is abandoned it will be easy to write converters (and most likely people will).

So by using Open Source you do not face the problems as with proprietary software that can be abandoned by the developing company. With Open Source the program will usually live on as long as there are users.
General Discussion / What is the level of commitment of the developers?
« Last post by aceadman on December 10, 2017, 01:25:43 am »
Hi all (or anyone),

I was an art director and designer for many years but have been out of the field for about the last seven years. I used Adobe products back then and was pretty proficient in the Big Three (illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign).

I’m looking to do some work now, and am somewhat horrified to discover Adobe’s current pricing/distribution model. $600.00 a year seems high for software that you don’t actually “own”. I prefer not to rely on "cloud server" software as well...makes me nervous. But there is not much other commercial software that competes with InDesign at a reasonable price.

So I’m trying to assess alternatives. I came across Scribus and am really impressed. I’m running 1.4.6 on my 2009 MacBook Pro and it’s pretty fast and very feature rich. I’m still exploring, but I expect the curve to be fairly low with a few questions that I could get resolved in forum’s like this.

But I’m concerned about the commitment of the Developers and the support levels in forums/tutorials/ books.

There is almost no information on the Scribus website (not even contact info despite the developers claims on the contact page [unless I’m missing something]). It seems updated information is pretty rare.

There appears to be only ONE decent book out there: Beginning Scribus 1st ed. Edition by Robert White. Has anyone used it on this forum? Is it worth having?

And the level of activity in these forums seems pretty low. The forums are not even IN the menus at

So my concern is this: I don’t want to invest time, and create a library of files, in open source software that is likely to disappear due to lack of interest and user base.

Scribus seems REALLY NICE. I looked at 1.53 and it seems pretty similar to 1.4.6 and very stable itself.

I read some talk about the promise of 1.6 (although the release dates might be far off)

I greatly admire the desire to create free open source software——it’s an amazing way to develop tools, and the generosity of developers is often off the charts. But I always have a nagging suspicion that they can lose motivation and leave a bunch of users scratching their heads and starting their searches again.

Before I commit to learning Scribus, I wonder if there is any way to allay the fear of wasting time and creating files which will be impossible to work on a few years down the road.

How committed are the developers to seeing Scribus continue?

Text and Typography / Re: Disappearing Text/text boxes
« Last post by Nermander on December 09, 2017, 12:05:55 pm »
Did you try to export to a PDF to see how it looks? (I personally almost never use the pre-view in Scribus.)
Text and Typography / Disappearing Text/text boxes
« Last post by WHYz on December 09, 2017, 01:00:55 am »
Hi, I am trying to print something. In the document, all the text is present---untilI I print preview it. The preview shows that no text is on the right half of the page, and text is not present from about 1/4 of the way down to the bottom of the page. All images are present.

I've checked and fixed the preflight issues---except 1. One of my images does not fit on the page 100%. In PageMaker, I could just "cut off" the area I didn't want to be printed, but Scribus doesn't appear to let me do anything but hide what I don't want to be printed.

Can you help me know how to fix this situation?  ??? (TIA)
PDF Generation / Re: Need help with settings Saddle Stitch / Imposition
« Last post by zerubbabel on December 08, 2017, 02:23:31 am »
There is a wonderfully simple, versatile,and free imposition tool here that I've been using for years. It's a Windows program, but it runs fine under Wine. Does saddle-stitch booklets, cut stacks, 2-up, and duplicate side-by-side impositions. Highly recommended.
Text and Typography / Re: Can't use emojis
« Last post by GarryP on December 07, 2017, 02:56:28 pm »
I agree with a.l.e: Unless you are absolutely sure that your audience will both understand and appreciate your use of emojis, don't use them.

Use of emojis can seriously damage your credibility in the eyes of your readers. There have been plenty of studies which show that most people think a person using emojis is less competent than someone using the same text without the emojis.

I understand that emojis can be useful as a shorthand when they are used within a small group where everyone knows each other well enough to understand what the emojis mean within that context, but outside of that group the meaning can be, at best, confusing.

For example, you and your friends might know what you mean by using "Supervillain, Mango, Fire Extinguisher", but most people won't.

For another example, say you add a "Zombie" to the end of a message, what does that mean to the reader? Are you saying that you feel like a zombie, or that you are calling the reader a zombie, or something else? The meanings of words can change over time but the meanings of emojis can change almost overnight while the document they're in could be around for decades.

The text of an article and the type of language used should be enough to get the message across.

Consider these two pieces of text:
"OMG! Fido's dead!  :( Poor old Lab. Such a shame. RIP Fido!  :'( "
"We regret to announce that loyal friend and companion Fido the Labrador passed away yesterday."

They both say pretty much the same thing but one is much more appropriate than the other.

Feel free to use emojis if you want to, but be ready to have to explain why you have done so.
Text and Typography / Re: Can't use emojis
« Last post by a.l.e on December 07, 2017, 08:43:30 am »

1.4.6 does not seem to be able to handle the emoji font i've linked above.

in 1.5.4svn (and in 1.5.3 probably too) i can pick and use the glyphs.

you should probably use emojis very sparely in a layout (or even refrain from using them) since they tend to make the publication "cheap" and not really much more funny...
but it's up to you!

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