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Graduation catalogue of the PZI MA Networked Media

Reporter: OSP

Date: July 2011


Design of the graduation flyer and catalogue of MA Networked Media of the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.

Bound with removeable black brads, the catalogue is composed of one stapled introduction booklet, followed by 6 leaflet/posters, one for each student. The purple poster ink seems to be absorbed by the red leaflet side. Each booklet and leaflet can be distributed individually.

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Purple shapes appearing behind the red text are the "overage" ink from the back side which is the poster side.

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We used public domain patent drawings to illustrate each project with a shift of humour.

There are no software that can handle spot colors for pictures. So we used a python script written by Simeon Voelkel which we got on the Scribus IRC channel to convert images to eps files and add the desired spot color in the header of the image. The original script was written for duotone colors, since we needed only monochrome colors, we fed the script with a blank image of the same size of the original image. Then, search & replace directly in the XML to change the spot colors. Result, the images are "baked", meaning we cannot change them anymore, if changes are to be made, you'd have to go from the previous tif or jpg version and re-apply the script.

German Alpine Club (DAV), Local Section Ettlingen — periodical magazine

Reporter: Andreas Hünnebeck

Date: December, 2011

The magazine is sent to all members of the local section twice per year. You can download the current magazine and older ones here.

I started to create this magazine in 1992, using different office programs on Windows and Linux. Plagued by the increasing number of bugs in OpenOffice 3 I switched to Scribus in April 2010 (using on Kubuntu 9.04). I wrote several python scripts to create the tables used in the magazine. Scribus creates a ready to print PDF for the print shop and a WEB version PDF for the homepage.

In April 2011 I used Scribus 1.4.0.rc2 (on Kubunto 11.04) for Issue number 21 and in November 2011 I used Scribus 1.4.0.rc6 for issue number 22. (see WEB version PDF).

Book: Guide Sentinelle

Reporter: Cedric Gémy

Date: November 2011


52 pages guide, page size A5, 2-color (black+pantone) made for a french association. The purpose of this guide is to give elements to people on how to protect water ressources in Brittany and how to act when they are witness of defaults.

CD: Les jetés de l'encore / Bologne

Reporter: Gilles Maire

Date: August 2011

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For us, no question to make a CD without Open Source tools. The CD was recorded with Ardour on a Linux station. We used Scribus for the CD cover and booklet. Photographer Francois Michel and all the musicians Guerran Sellin, Alexandre Taveau, Survière Florès and Sieglfried Courteaux have played in Open Source. It is a great pleasure to have used Scribus, because it is very user friendy and we have achieved a nice product for a small budget. The colors in CYMK are nicely printed.

Each CD-burner company has its own format for templates and we made the cover and the booklet with a Open Source template found on the gallery. It was very simple to adapt it for the best price company.

The CD front was very easy to make following the CD form.

You can find the CD at

Thank you Scribus !

book: Guide de l'apiculteur

Reporter: Cedric Gémy

Date: August 2011


96 pages guide, page size A5, 4-color made for a french institution. The purpose of to give beekeepers all the informations they need to produce honey as profitably as they can.

Nüüs vu Mullis

Reporter: Niklaus Giger

Date: April 2011

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Mollis, a small village (about 3'000 habitants) in the Swiss mountains, has a local tourist association which publishes since around 1965 a quarterly "Nüüs vu Mullis" magazine (News from Mollis). The first issue was written using a type writer using hectography. Since three years we use successfully Scribus for its layout. Two sample pages are found underüüs_vu_mullis.pdf.

Using Scribus allows us to incorporated a lot a invidual PDF files (advertisements, title page). The first two or three issues took much more time to layout, but since then we found an easy workflow which allows us to control every detail. This was a big improvement over the previous situation where a print shop did the layout and usually only corrected two out of three errors reported.

If anybody in the surroundings of Mollis would like to use Scribus for a similar magazine, we would be glad to offer some help.

Choices Magazine

Reporter: Lisa Charles

Date: February 2011

Choices Magazine is a new UK glossy subscription only magazine for the employeepreneur, marketed via Direct Sales. Our main target market is employees making the transition to self employed, to business owner; with our secondary market being very early start-ups. Our focus is on the next generation of industry leaders and entrepreneurs to nurture and build into successful brands. The big dreamers and forward thinkers; in particular, today’s self starter and tomorrow’s entrepreneur; the next gigantic global brand. And for the serious entrepreneur; Choices Magazine provides a stream of income and a huge platform to develop and launch brands. Our features, stories and articles (including success principles, practical projects, problem solving techniques and business strategies) give our readers the knowledge, skills and know how, to win. We provide information to give them the edge, focus and necessary qualities to deliver their best, and to be a leader in their field. Choices incorporates information in four crucial areas necessary for a successful and balanced life: Business Choices, Lifestyle Choices, Wellbeing Choices, and Personal Growth Choices.

I used Scribus 1.3.9 to do the first pre launch issue (32 pages), which is available now, and have started working on the launch issue (64 pages), out at the end of March 2011. There was a slight learning curve, getting used to Scribus, but overall I think it's an excellent program. The proof we received from the printers was of excellent quality, putting my fears to rest that the pdf output would not be compatible for some reason (although Scribus do make clear that the commercial printing quality is superb!).

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Wikipedia Bookshelf Project

Reporter: Frédéric Schütz

Date: January 2011

The Wikipedia Bookshelf Project is creating a core set of public outreach materials designed to help new contributors understand the specific culture of Wikipedia, the free, online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The materials aim to increase new contributor awareness and interest, foster excitement about contributing to Wikipedia, and provide key training tools. The materials are being developed in English; however, they are to be designed for easy translation, localization, and customization by volunteers, local chapters, and educational institutions such as schools and universities. Bookshelf materials are being developed by the project team from the Wikimedia Foundation (the Foundation that oversees the development of Wikipedia), community volunteers, and production experts.

The combination of these requirements naturally led the project team to choose Scribus to create these materials. Scribus fits perfectly with the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation, and allows anyone to easily access the tools needed to contribute to the project. The resulting materials are also published under a free license (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike, except for the Wikipedia and Wikimedia logos).

The material produced so far can be found at (note that the last two documents in the list of printed material were not created with Scribus; in particular, the project is currently looking for a volunteer who could convert the document Video for Wikipedia and the Open Web: A Guide to Best Practices for Cultural and Educational Institutions, originally created using Adobe InDesign, in Scribus format).

Some of the Scribus files are already available at, in particular for the Welcome to Wikipedia booklet (PDF, ZIP files with Scribus source).

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The Rockfish Files

Reporter: Keith White

Date: January 2011

This first issue of The Rockfish Files was a collaborated effort, but edited and created solely with open source software. Scribus v1.3.9 was used, and is being used in production of issue #2 to be released in march 2011.

A 60 plus page effort to show the world that British lure fishing can be more than just bass orientated. This document received over 5000 unique reads in the first 14 days of its release.