Scribus has been described as ‘one of the most powerful and useful open-source projects out there.’
Scribus is a free desktop publishing program that is compatible with Windows desktop, Linux and Mac. It’s the ideal tool if you want a free tool to create a fully formatted printable document be it a book, brochure, business card, magazine, flyer, etc.
What sets it apart from Adobe InDesign is that this software is free. It has a bunch of publishing features including CMYK support, vector graphics, flow text, multiple templates and options to create PDF files.
What can you do with Scribus?
Once you download the latest version, you can:
- Create single or multi-page documents with texts, graphics and imported images
- Edit objects within the different layers of a document
- Have access to multiple templates which you can customize
Recommended or Not?
Scribus gives a lot of design freedom and is a great alternative to expensive DTP, especially if you need to format several books and can not afford to outsource formatting. The program is not exactly user-friendly but once you get the hang of it, it is invaluable.
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