Scribus

Instructor Notes:

Quickly illustrate the sections on Scribus and Evince. Show where they can be found and provide an overview.

Scribus is a programme used to produce documents that cannot be created easily with a word processor. For example, you will not be able to use a word processor to create a poster or a greeting card as the output will not be of professional print quality. Scribus enables easy alignment of text and graphics, which is not a simple task using a word processor. Scribus makes it easy to create PDF documents with professional features for commercial purposes; design brochures, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, posters and technical documentation.

Key Features of Scribus

Use Scribus to design documents that have a great deal of graphical content. It is an application that allows the users to position images, logos and so on at the appropriate place.

• Updatable page templates: Scribus provides page templates that contain common page properties, such as background, header and footer.

• Style manager: Choose from a wide range of styling options, including style inheritance for paragraphs, character styles and line styles. The style manager gives you the advantage of viewing all the styling options at one place and makes it easier to use the appropriate styling option at the right place.

• XML-based file format: Scribus uses an XML-based file format that is fully documented.

• Font-handling features: Scribus includes a vast range of features for handling fonts. The features include rotating, flipping and scaling text. Both Typel and TrueType fonts are supported by Scribus, so you can work on a document with any type of font.

• Image-handling features: Scribus imports most common image formats, such as PNG, TIFF and JPEGs, so you can insert images of almost all the common formats.

In addition, Scribus supports:

• Unicode text and fonts: Scribus imports most common text formats and supports Unicode text and fonts. It also supports right-to-left scripts, such as Arabic and Hebrew. This helps you open a document for page layout, without worrying about which font it is written in.

• Direct file imports: If you want to add pictures and graphs to your document, you can use Draw, Impress and so on, and you can directly import the file from that application to Scribus.

• CMYK: Scribus supports Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK) layering, which is most important for professional use. Printing is done in the four CMYK layers. Because of the CMYK feature, there will be minimal difference between the on-screen and final printing. Scribus also provides enhanced colour management functions.

• Functions related to PDF files: Even if your file is in PDF, you can export these files easily to Scribus. You can also add effects to these files and encrypt them. In addition, you can include keywords in an exported PDF file.

• Vector formats: Scribus imports all the important vector formats, including Adobe Illustrator (AI), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) EPS and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), so that you can open any vector graphic in Scribus effortlessly.

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