The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of development release 1.5.3, another major step on the way to Scribus 1.6.0.
In addition to being a milestone in terms of typographic features, the Scribus Team is convinced that version 1.5.3 finally justifies considering the transition from existing workflows based on 1.4.x to 1.5.3+ in a similar way to the transition from 1.3.3.x to 1.4.0 after the release of version 1.3.6.
Scribus 1.5.3 is very stable and unlikely to crash. Some newly introduced features, like footnotes, may not function as desired, at least not yet, but overall, 1.5.3 is working almost flawlessly, and also much better and faster than 1.4.x. In other words: Everything that works reliably in 1.4.x also works in 1.5.3, but it's more stable, faster and more versatile. On top of that, it includes additional and already overwhelmingly stable features galore.
Most Important Changes
- The most important change isn't immediately visible, namely a completely rewritten text layout engine, which supports complex scripts like Arabic, Hindi or Thai, as well as providing access to advanced OpenType features, such as ligatures and alternate glyphs.
- Altogether, about 500 languages and/or scripts are supported. Please note that as of version 1.5.3, Scribus is supposed to render these diverse writing systems, which still needs thorough testing by those who are familiar with them.
- Typing on the canvas and text rendering in general has become a lot faster.
- Previews for fonts are now available in font selectors.
- The "Text" tab has been removed from the Properties Palette and is now a separate UI palette.
- The performance of copying and pasting objects in/from/to files with huge color palettes has been vastly improved.
- An import filter for Krita's KRA format has been added.
- Scribus now follows the XDG standard for configuration files. Therefore, the Scribus preference directory has moved from ~/.scribus/ to a new default location: ~/.config/scribus/
- Color selectors display the color values as a tooltip.
- A longstanding problem with the launch option for an external image editing program has been resolved. Until version 1.5.3 it was necessary to manually close the external program before it could be started again from within Scribus. This is no longer necessary.
- Many bugs, mostly introduced with the new features in 1.5.x, have been fixed. For details see the 1.5.3 changelog (https://bugs.scribus.net/changelog_page.php?version_id=102)
- The "Wikipedia RAL Classic" color palette has been updated, this time using Wikipedia's LAB color values.
- A script called "Caption" has been added, which adds a text frame to an image frame, based on the latter's proportions.
- The "Autoquote" scripts now supports inverted guillemets via the "de-g" parameter.
- Code improvements have been made based on recommendations from using both the Coverity scan tool and the "clazy" tool (https://github.com/KDE/clazy). These changes improve efficiency, remove bugs and improve security.
- As of version 1.5.3, the minimum Qt version to compile the program is 5.5.
- harfbuzz and libicu, as well as the related development packages are now required.
- Vertical writing systems aren't supported for the time being, but support will be added in a later release.
- The Online Help hasn't been updated, yet.
- This version builds significantly on the code from 1.5.2 with the work that the Oman House of Open Source Technology team, led by Khaled Hosny, delivered.
- 1.5.3 uses all of the remainder of the code, and we have Fahad Al-Saidi to thank for his continued work and especially for the bug triaging and code changes.
- Andreas Vox introduced a layout cache to speed up text rendering.
- William Bader has fixed the issue of launching several instances of an external image editing program.
- Contributions to GUI translations via participants on the Transifex translation platform
Following the release of version 1.5.3, the Scribus Team will focus on an overdue re-design of the user interface by implementing "Indigo Dock", an independently developed and flexible replacement for the outdated Properties Palette (http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,1617.150.html), as well as completing the implementation of CTL (complex text layout) features introduced in 1.5.3.
Primary Download Locations
- Installation packages for Windows, Mac OS X, a Linux AppImage and the source code are available here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/scribus/files/scribus-devel/1.5.3/
- Fedora and CentOS RPMs: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs
- OpenSUSE, SLED, and SLES RPMs: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs
- Packaging for other Linux distributions, *BSD, Solaris and OpenIndiana is beyond our influence. We recommend updating the respective repository data on a regular basis.
- Windows Portable App: http://portableapps.com/apps/office/scribus_portable#test
|OS X 10.9/Mavericks or higher, Intel x64||scribus-1.5.3.dmg|
|Windows 32/64 Bit||scribus-1.5.3-windows.exe|
|Windows 64 Bit||scribus-1.5.3-windows-x64.exe|
|Linux 64 bit AppImage ||scribus-1.5.3-linux-x86_64.AppImage|
Expectations for Scribus 1.5.4
- An entire rebuild of the palette system used in Scribus enabling a cleaner and more flexible GUI
- Updates to depdendencies, with a likely increase to Qt 5.6
- Migration of build systems to later base OSes
- On OSX, we will build packages for 10.10 or 10.11 or higher
- On Windows, move from MSVC 2012 to a later version
The Scribus Team would like to thank Anduin.net and Modirum for their continued hosting of all of the Scribus websites.
We are grateful to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and Linux New Media (Germany) for sponsoring.
The Scribus Team is also honored to have Resene Colours (New Zealand), dtp studio Oldenburg (Germany), Scientific Illustration Services Corp. (USA), the Newspaper Association of America (USA), Software Consulting Services (USA) and freieFarbe e.V. (Germany) as Special Supporters and donors of color palettes and other content since the 1.4.x release, just like we are grateful to the owner of Vector Portal for the permission to distribute some of his work as Scribus Templates.
Porting Scribus to OS/2 and eComStation is being supported by Mensys BV (The Netherlands) and Serenity Systems (USA).
Finally, the Scribus Team would like to thank the many end users, translators, testers and contributors who helped us with this release.