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2007 Published Drawings Book and Photography Book

Reporter: Benjamin Huot

Date: December 17, 2007

I had written other books before and had them successfully published with LaTeX, but for my picture books I thought it would be better to use Scribus. I used Scribus 1.3.3.x on Ubuntu Linux to produce the books. I had a bunch of photos for one book and a bunch of drawing for the other and I wanted to make it available as a download on my website, so I wanted the size to be small. I also didn't want to need to worry about resolution or the source file size being too small. So I converted all my graphics into SVG format via Inkscape also on Ubuntu. The layout was pretty straight forward.

The drawings book is available here for free download or print at cost.

The photography book is available here for free download or print at cost.

Manuals and other DTP projects at a UK based company

Reporter: John Beardmore

Date: December 13, 2007

Front cover of a report

I stumbled on Scribus more or less by accident, and having got fed up with paying Adobe for software, where the bugs mostly didn't get fixed, I thought I'd give it a try.

Our work is mostly related to sustainability, environmental and renewable energy projects, either as a 'Social Venture' or voluntary enterprise, so cost is important as well as functionality.

I loaded, and with the exception of one bug that I raised in the very supportive email list, it has performed flawlessly, and printed very well. That's actually a lot less buggy for me, than Pagemaker 6.52 or InDesign 1.5, and upgrading to the latest versions of those products would be prohibitively expensive for us. I'm also delighted that Scribus is cross platform as we are slowly moving to Linux, and we can collaborate with others, without having to pay extortionate rates for extra licenses for occasional users!

The first complete document I wrote in Scribus was a solar water heating system manual, nearly 40 pages long, with a lot of pictures. It has been very well received, and will bring us new work.

We are already preparing a number of other documents in Scribus, which has become our main DTP tool for all future projects.

This has been a superb experience for us. I thought it would be years before Linux had a tool like this, and its being cross platform is a massive bonus! Well done!! I'm really looking forward to the next stable release, though we've found no problems with which we are on at the moment!

Given that software can always be improved, the exciting thing is just how good it might get in a few years.

John Beardmore
MSc EDM (Open), B.A. Chem (Oxon), CMIOSH, AIEMA, MEI
Managing Director, T4 Sustainability Limited.

Keene Free Press

Reporter: Kat Kanning

Date: December 12, 2007

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The Keene Free Press is a free monthly newspaper, with a circulation of 5000 (Latest version online). I started out creating the newspaper in MS Word, but got too frustrated with elements bouncing around the page every time I tried to move something. Someone suggested Scribus to me, and I love it! Our printer has been happy with the change too - no more problems for them. The preflight verifier has been a huge help. Thanks so much to everyone who has made Scribus possible.

Zero Livre

Reporter: Ludi

Date December 11, 2007


Zero Livre is a magazine produced entirely with open source tools by the crew at UFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina) journalism class under the coordination of prof. Lúcio Baggio.

Download the PDF version here.

Pro bono design for charities with Scribus

Reporter: Cedric Sagne

Date: December 10, 2007

Not for profit Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design using Scribus (and Inkscape). For all charities, I offer pro bono design. It is a way for me to give back what I got for free, get additional experience, network, and build a portfolio. Open to charities, not for profit, NGO, societies.

All company brochures made with Scribus

Reporter: Cedric Sagne

Date: December 10, 2007

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Our company brochures are now made with Scribus, which made us self reliant as a Quark or InDesign license was not profitable given our in house volumes.

Musician's rehearsal (Kammermusikproben) Musicians on the common search for the certain sound

Reporter: Astrid Dlugokinski-Thoma

Date: December 2007

cover - back and front

Booklet description on Lulu Marketplace (German) printed booklet, 20 pages, 8.5" x 11", saddle-stitch binding, full-color interior ink

Price: 9,95 EUR

Two pages per one rehearsal

I created this pamphlet step by step with the German version of the Get Started with Scribus 2006 tutorial (page 3 to 7). I used my own text, photos and scores.
It is my first work with Scribus which shows how fast and simply good results can to be achieved, see the preview.

Zeszyty komiksowe, irregular comic art review in Polish language

Reporter: Mhanski

Date: August 28, 2007

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Download a sample article

Motto: „About comics. Seriously.”
ISSN: 1733-3008

Zeszyty komiksowe has been published and offered for sale throughout the country since March 2004. It is made on a Mandrake Linux system with such Open Source tools as Scribus, Gimp,, Kate, and Kooka.

Full Circle, the Ubuntu Community magazine, multilingual, approx. 40 pages

Reporter: Mhanski

Date: August 28, 2007


Download last issue

Full Circle is an e-magazine run by the Ubuntu community that covers the world of Ubuntu, open source, and technology. It's been started in May 2007 and translated into many languages since then, e.g. into Chinese, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.

Dragonia Magazine, monthly pdf magazine in Polish language, approx. 70 pages

Reporter: Mhanski

Date: August 28, 2007

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Download last issue in Polish
Download issue #8 in English

Dragonia Magazine is a free available Polish magazine on software (mainly Linux/Open Source), hardware, and programming techniques, which is made entirely with Open Source tools including Scribus. From its modest beginnings as an one man show in August 2006, it has quickly developed itself – undoubtfully mainly due to the stubbornness and stamina of its energetic editor-in-chief Piotr Krakowiak aka dragon – to a well established and popular corner stone within the Polish Linux community, and reached the proud number of 14 issues and 11 editorial staff members by the end of August 2007.

o3 magazine, monthly pdf magazine, approx. 50 pages

Reporter: Mhanski

Date: August 28, 2007

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Download Issue #6

Quoting from the o3 magazine web site:
„o3 magazine is an electronic publication focused on using open source technologies in business / enterprise IT environments. o3 is distributed in PDF format, and is published by Spliced Networks LLC.”

„What makes o3 magazine unique is that only open source tools have been used in its creation. The publication is produced with Scribus, articles are written with Open Office, graphics are created with The Gimp and all of the server infrastructure is 100% open source. The magazine itself is hard evidance of open source in action!”

eniXma, monthly pdf magazine in Turkish

Reporter: Tanju Taşçılar - editor.

Date: August 14, 2007


eniXma is monthly GNU/Linux-FLOSS pdf magazine in Turkish. Fully build with free software tools; gimp, inkscape,, Linux and of course mainly scribus. It's freely downloadable.

eniXma is being published since October 2006 and just after 8th issue got '2007 Best Contents Award' of LKD (Linux Kullanıcıları Derneği - Linux Users Association (of Turkey))

G41 and G42, monthly community newpapers

Reporter: Conal

Date: July 20, 2007


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We've been publishing G41 since December 2005. The name represents a postcode in Glasgow (Scotland). It's been a tremendous success, so much so that we are launching a new paper: G42. We're a small community interest company, so expensive software licenses were never an option. Together with other open source software Scribus has allowed us to create a fully functional Newsroom. There has been the odd problem but the forums have always provided great support - thanks to all involved!

Our websites: and

Êtes-vous libre ? – Libre Graphics Meeting 2007

Reporter: C schaefer

Date: May 2007



On occasion of Libre Graphics Meeting 2007 in Montréal, which has been partly organised by the Scribus team, LGM organiser Louis Desjardins, a Scribus contributor, created a bilingual brochure in tabloid format. It has been produced in four colour offset print, and was distributed with the May issue of the magazine Grafika.

Le Tigre, paper monthly and web daily, french «curieux journal curieux»

Reporter: Raphael Meltz, editor

Date: April 16, 2007

Le Tigre was a weekly in 2006 (see above). Since april 2007, Le Tigre is back:

- daily on the web, 4 pages in PDF (direct link:

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- monthly on paper, 80 pages B/W + couv (Black + 1 color)


See our website:

All Possible Worlds, a quarterly magazine of science fiction and fantasy short stories

Reporter: Jason Champion (via mailing list)

Date: April 2, 2007

I am the editor of All Possible Worlds, a quarterly magazine of science fiction and fantasy short stories. I've been working with Scribus for about 4 months and I've recently released the first issue of the magazine.

When I started the project, I was using Scribus on Windows and the version sent to the printing company was completed with Scribus on Windows. At first, there were a few glitches with the story editor and PDF generation, but these were all improved between the .3 and .7 versions. I received the premiere issue from the printer two weeks ago and it looks great, even better than I expected.

It hasn't been easy. At first it's a little difficult to figure out the Scribus interface, but the Wiki does help. Once you have the basics under control it really is great, and each version is better than the last.

Thank you to everyone involved in the creation of Scribus. I look forward to future versions.

Jason Champion
Editor, All Possible Worlds

Book MABI: Monopolios artificiales sobre bienes intangibles

Reporter: Lila Pagola (Nomade project)

Date: March 20, 2007

MABI is a project of Vía Libre Foundation, around the privatization processes on life and knowledge. The book summarizes the discussions shared by a group of activists from Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Uruguay and Brasil in Mar del Plata, Argentina on past October, 2006.

The book is copyleft, and can be downloaded in PDF, html or a palm version at

The design of the 132 pages book was completely made with free software (Scribus+Inkscape+Gimp and Krita) by the designers of nomade project, and the experience was documented in the same site.



Revista Milenarios

Reporter: Manuel Pendergast

Date: March 19, 2007

There is a forum that is a place to discuss about a Spanish radio program Milenio 3 and its TV complement Cuarto Milenio, both conducted by the journalist Iker Jimenez. By the end of January 2007 a group of members of that forum intended to make a magazine in order to publish the stories, photos and tales that they used to share via internet. I am one of them, and my nickname is "Caballo de Troya". I took the full responsabilty to coordinate and join everything I received from the others in a magazine. I didn´t know how to do it, but I started searching in the internet until I heard about Scribus. Then I began to learn the basis from the Scribus website just to make a small and non-professional publication. But I found out the real capabilities of the software and tried to make something better. Finally, after a very hard word, we published our first issue with 48 pages and no ads.

A 500x700 Poster

We are already working in our second issue and building a website for the magazine. Until then, the magazine is avalaible for download here or via email ( I'd like to remark that we are not professional and our work is not commercial and we don't make any money or profit with this. We distribute the magazine for free and make it for the pleasure of the experience of colaborating in it. And I'd like to thank to everybody that works developing Scribus, or tutorials or any material relationed with it, as well as other free software.

All print stuff for a small theatre in Dresden/Germany

Reporter: Jan Schrewe (via mailing list)

Date: February 6, 2007

We are a small theatre in Dresden and in May 2006 we switched our workflow for all print stuff to Scribus, Gimp, and Inkscape.

A 500x700 Poster A monthly flyer

Stuff produced with Scribus: play poster (A3 and 500 x 700 mm, CMYK), a monthly flyer (Din Lang, 2 sided, CMYK), CD cover for press CDs and some minor stuff, printed on a digital printer. Plus I used it to layout our homepage.

For us using scribus in a production environment produces top quality data, with which we never had any trouble printing, even under tight deadlines.

The Treasure (Book) and Glory Rising (Hymnbook)

Reporter: William F. Maddock

Date: February 4, 2007


In late 2006, after having used scribus for over a year, I began to put The Treasure, a book of poems recounting the process of my salvation in Jesus Christ, into a form acceptable on, and then did the same with Glory Rising, a collection of some of the hymns I have written since becoming a Christian.

The Treasure was built mainly in, but I came to realize that the best output of my intended cover would only be accomplished through scribus, and I therefore used scribus for the cover art. Glory Rising, after having created the EPS files of the hymns through Finale and CorelDraw 11, was built entirely in scribus, with the cover art being created separately in PhotoShop and the Gimp, in order to meet Lulu's requirements. Both works are available in print form from my storefront on The front cover photography for Glory Rising was done by me, as was all of the artwork for The Treasure.

Taplow Newsletter

Reporter: Andrew Findlay

Date: January 3, 2007

The Newsletter of the Hitcham and Taplow Preservation Society has been produced using Scribus since September 2004. Before this, the editor had done the layout using Quark Express and the printshop added the pictures.

When I took over the typesetting I did one issue using OpenOffice before getting a working version of Scribus (1.2.1cvs). At that time we were using a local litho-based printshop: they were prepared to take PDF but we had lots of trouble with colour. The printshop wanted CMYK images embedded in the PDF, but I could not get Scribus to do it. In the end the printshop re-worked the PDF themselves but the results were not as good as I had hoped.

After a while I found a printshop with an HP Indigo machine: this is an ink-jet printer about the size of a small car, which is an ideal way to do short-run jobs (our print-run is about 400 copies). This improved things, but the colour was still not right - possibly because I could not get a copy of the ICC profile for the machine. The new technology allowed us to have colour on more pages for the same price so we stuck with it, and by insisting on paper proofs we have finally solved the colour problem (though I don't know what they did, as I am still sending RGB PDFs!)

Front Cover of Taplow newsletter First spread of Taplow Newsletter

The autumn 2006 issue has 16 sides of A4, and can be found on the Society's website - the PDF file on that page is the one that was sent to the printer. This issue was done with Scribus and Gimp 2.2.8. You will see that the pages are set up for over-sized paper to allow us to have full bleed images: I have a small script that creates the crop-marks in a separate layer, and another that fills in the running footers.

The entire production workflow is now based around a Wiki: authors are encouraged to put their articles in directly, the editing and copy-editing is done online, and the text is pasted directly from the browser into Scribus. PDF drafts are uploaded for review at intervals during the layout process. The only jobs done on paper are the final copy-editing (it is hard to scribble on PDFs!) and the final proof from the printshop.