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c-m
December 14th, 2011, 02:47 PM
It seems that Scribus is well and truly dead.

The website is down, wiki doesn't work. There are a number of problems with the software, and from a search of the web, no-one has been using it since 2006.

My CV is in scribus, but the software can't produce PDFs for view on screen. It gears them for print, and as a result, I's and L's don't show properly, even with commercial fonts such as Myraid Pro.

So what other programs should be I looking at for DTP on Linux?

Thanks

tiddlypop
December 14th, 2011, 05:46 PM
I don't know where you've been looking but Scribus is thriving . "no-one has been using it since 2006." be dammed. There are more people using it now than there ever were in 2006 and increasin each year. Version 1.4.rc6 is perfectly usable and soon to become the stable version.

Regarding your PDF problem: Scribus can produce PDFs suitable fro the screen. When producing the PDF ensure that you select screen in the color section of the Save as dialog.
Also in the fonts section of the same dialog click "Embed all" this should fix your font problem.

Please, please try to read and learn a bit more about Scribus before you knock what is an increasingly, efficient and professional product.

All the help you want is here:

http://lists.scribus.net/pipermail/scribus/





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c-m
December 14th, 2011, 06:13 PM
Thanks for your suggestions, but i do always embed all fonts. The PDF setting was set for screen web, yet the problem persists with Myraid Pro, Futura and Helvetica. Basically any of the decent fonts that I want to use.

Spent about an hour searching on google.

The Scribus page did/does not work. Same with the wiki's.

Every post I came across to do with my issue was from half a decade ago.

I searched for information on creating a web friendly pdf in scribus, but the only info was in the wikis, which are down.

Even the link you posted now times out.

Dragonbite
December 14th, 2011, 07:53 PM
I clicked the link and it timed out for me too (wanted to see if it was a one-person connectivity issue or not).

Dry Lips
December 14th, 2011, 09:42 PM
It timed out here as well... I did also check at www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com
and yes, scribus.net is definitively down.

keithpeter
December 14th, 2011, 09:58 PM
Hello All

Domain is registered until September 2012 with Go Daddy.

Wayback Machine shows updates until July 2011 but that could just be wayback machine logging.

http://wayback.archive.org/web/*/http://scribus.net

Wiki seems to be available thru' wayback machine to some extent (patience needed)

http://web.archive.org/web/20110722015148/http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Support

Perhaps they are just having hosting problems?

Docaltmed
December 14th, 2011, 10:24 PM
Somebody forgot to pay the bill.

meborc
December 15th, 2011, 10:44 AM
check - http://sourceforge.net/projects/scribus/files/

you can see some activity has been there on the development versions

crazy bird
December 16th, 2011, 11:00 PM
My god! Does nobody read the topic title anymore??? ](*,)](*,)](*,) Instead of starting a complete off-topic discussion here, let's help the topic starter. My input for this: http://linuxappfinder.com/office/publishing. And here (hopefully) some more solutions: http://www.google.nl/search?q=%22dtp+under+linux%22&hl=nl&num=10&lr=&ft=i&cr=&safe=images

prokoudine
December 17th, 2011, 12:46 PM
I appreciate your lack of tact and suggest you to go back to Windows or Mac. There is no other free/libre DTP software like Scribus on Linux.

PageStream isn't free and is lacking essential bits and hasn't been updated in a while, Passepartout was never close feature-wise and isn't really maintained, Laidout doesn't have text handling.

On a lighter note, servers migration is still ongoing. Hence the unavailability.

satanselbow
December 17th, 2011, 01:18 PM
My god! Does nobody read the topic title anymore??? ](*,)](*,)](*,) Instead of starting a complete off-topic discussion here, let's help the topic starter. My input for this: http://linuxappfinder.com/office/publishing. And here (hopefully) some more solutions: http://www.google.nl/search?q=%22dtp+under+linux%22&hl=nl&num=10&lr=&ft=i&cr=&safe=images

Would it not be better to point OP to the current dev versions and assisting in their installation rather than open ended google searches for unsuitable unrelated applications...

Ubuntu is known for it's "safe" applications and does not have "bleeding edge" versions in the repos. If you are not familiar with the launchpad ppa or compile from source procedure you can easily be led to believe that a particular app is dead when there are no new versions pushed into the repos for a while when the reality is quite different.

I personally would rather see the Ubu repos kept more current than they are but am happy to build myself where need be.

satanselbow
December 17th, 2011, 01:23 PM
It seems that Scribus is well and truly dead.


What version of Ubuntu are you currently using? The version I have in the repos is from September 2011 :popcorn:

Dragonbite
December 17th, 2011, 04:05 PM
It would be good, though, for there to be another DTP program. I haven't "clicked" with Scribus for whatever reason.

Closest I've seen has been KWriter or *Office using a lot of text frames but it still isn't good enough.

prokoudine
December 18th, 2011, 09:05 AM
Closest I've seen has been KWriter or *Office using a lot of text frames but it still isn't good enough.

LibreOffice is going to have more DTP features (http://libregraphicsworld.org/blog/entry/libreoffice-is-diving-into-desktop-publishing) soon, but we haven't arrived there yet.

Dry Lips
December 18th, 2011, 09:22 PM
LibreOffice is going to have more DTP features (http://libregraphicsworld.org/blog/entry/libreoffice-is-diving-into-desktop-publishing) soon, but we haven't arrived there yet.

From the article you quoted:

"This won't make LibreOffice Writer directly compete against InDesign or QuarkXPress, but it's a great help in producing documents that look really well."

The question then is if it'll even be an alternative to Scribus.

(Off topic: Do you know anything about how that that Scribus icon competition went, btw?)

prokoudine
December 19th, 2011, 12:36 PM
The question then is if it'll even be an alternative to Scribus.

For people who are migrating from MS Publisher quite possible, especially since there are plans to support .pub files in LibreOffice (we did initial reverse engineering for Scribus, but they never found the time to implement support for it). For former ID and QXP users unlikely, IMHO.

Keep in mind, however, that OpenType support is critical for many minor languages, so some users will probably find it appropriate to trade flexibility and features over being able to do typesetting, and this is where the next LibreOffice will beat Scribus hands down.


(Off topic: Do you know anything about how that that Scribus icon competition went, btw?)

There were only two submissions. As far as I can tell, no decision has been made yet. But I could be wrong.

kurt18947
December 19th, 2011, 02:23 PM
This seems live with directions to add a ppa:

http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/Download

ebasa
December 19th, 2011, 02:49 PM
I have no problem accessing their website

Dragonbite
December 19th, 2011, 03:24 PM
For people who are migrating from MS Publisher quite possible,

That's what I'm hoping for.

Dry Lips
December 19th, 2011, 09:02 PM
For people who are migrating from MS Publisher quite possible, especially since there are plans to support .pub files in LibreOffice (we did initial reverse engineering for Scribus, but they never found the time to implement support for it). For former ID and QXP users unlikely, IMHO.

Keep in mind, however, that OpenType support is critical for many minor languages, so some users will probably find it appropriate to trade flexibility and features over being able to do typesetting, and this is where the next LibreOffice will beat Scribus hands down.


Well, I guess this certainly will strengthen the LibreOffice suite as a whole. More alternatives on the DP front is without a doubt a positive thing to the open source community.

gregb49
January 1st, 2012, 06:40 PM
This seems live with directions to add a ppa:

http://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/DownloadThanks. I've now got Scribus up and running and am ploughing through the manual.

A possible alternative is LYX, depending on what you are trying to achieve.

zekemx
June 12th, 2012, 01:28 AM
I appreciate your lack of tact and suggest you to go back to Windows or Mac. There is no other free/libre DTP software like Scribus on Linux.

PageStream isn't free and is lacking essential bits and hasn't been updated in a while, Passepartout was never close feature-wise and isn't really maintained, Laidout doesn't have text handling.

On a lighter note, servers migration is still ongoing. Hence the unavailability.

I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to say that even if Pagestream hasn't been updated in a while it doesn't mean it's not being developed. The developers are actually working on the MacOSX version and soon new features will be added.. Even if it's old it has a lot of features that whare just added in Adobe InDesign.. PageStream has been years ahead of many DTP programs, I hope PageStream 6 will be a knock out..

BTW, as far as I know there are only 3 programmers working on PageStream, so don't expect miracles just yet. ;-)

Regards

Dragonbite
June 12th, 2012, 05:52 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to say that even if Pagestream hasn't been updated in a while it doesn't mean it's not being developed. The developers are actually working on the MacOSX version and soon new features will be added.. Even if it's old it has a lot of features that whare just added in Adobe InDesign.. PageStream has been years ahead of many DTP programs, I hope PageStream 6 will be a knock out..

BTW, as far as I know there are only 3 programmers working on PageStream, so don't expect miracles just yet. ;-)

Regards

That looks like a perfect opportunity to update and offer itself for sale through the Ubuntu Software Store!

c-m
June 12th, 2012, 09:09 AM
The latest Scribus is actually pretty good.

InnovativeConsulting
June 12th, 2012, 11:44 AM
Working On Scribus 1.4.1, the add on features is really good.

prokoudine
June 13th, 2012, 09:56 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to say that even if Pagestream hasn't been updated in a while it doesn't mean it's not being developed.

This isn't what I suggested.

Dragonbite
June 13th, 2012, 03:07 PM
I've read that there is a filter to enable LibreOffice Draw to import MS Publisher files. Looks interesting (I still have a number of Publisher files lying around)

Jacobonbuntu
June 15th, 2012, 10:44 PM
It seems that Scribus is well and truly dead.

The website is down, wiki doesn't work. There are a number of problems with the software, and from a search of the web, no-one has been using it since 2006.

My CV is in scribus, but the software can't produce PDFs for view on screen. It gears them for print, and as a result, I's and L's don't show properly, even with commercial fonts such as Myraid Pro.

So what other programs should be I looking at for DTP on Linux?

Thanks

please excus me for not taking the time to completely read through this thread, but scribus is definitely not dead:
http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus
I use 1.5.0 and get almost daily updates so....


edit:
ooops, I should have read through the thread...
forget my post
:redface: