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* Access to the Scribus core from python outside of Scribus GUI/scripter. (DCOP? CORBA/XML-RPC?) [http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=1675 #1675]
* Access to the Scribus core from python outside of Scribus GUI/scripter. (DCOP? CORBA/XML-RPC?) [http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=1675 #1675]
* Investigate what other file formats from the [http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/File_formats_that_should_be_supported_by_Scribus_%28wish_list%29 wish list] could be imported. '''IN PROGRESS'''
* Investigate what other file formats from the [http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/File_formats_that_should_be_supported_by_Scribus_%28wish_list%29 wish list] could be imported. '''IN PROGRESS'''
* New non modal Resource Manager dialog '''IN PROGRESS'''

Revision as of 07:41, 29 May 2013

For the latest developments and release plans see: Scribus 1.5.0 Release Schedule.


  • Tabbed view for multiple documents (mecirt) DONE
  • Embedding of pixmaps in SLA files (fschmid) DONE
  • Move files around in the svn tree ... gui to gui subdir, docs out of source tree etc. (cbradney) #8071 - IN PROGRESS
  • Rewrite preferences load and save functions (cbradney) DONE
  • Rewrite preferences GUI (cbradney) DONE
  • Add in Status Bar information strings (perhaps not in GUI until 1.5.1) (cbradney, fschmid, a.l.e) IN PROGRESS
    • (Related): Indicate the number of selected items in the Status Bar (fschmid) DONE
  • CVG importer (fschmid) DONE
  • WPG importer (fschmid) DONE
  • PICT importer (vector, bitmap and text) (fschmid) DONE
  • PGF importer (fschmid) DONE
  • XAR importer (fschmid) DONE
  • CGM importer (fschmid) DONE
  • PUB importer (fschmid) IN PROGRESS
  • Merge Gradient and solid colour management (fschmid) DONE
  • Better handling of locked standard palettes (fschmid) DONE
  • Support for more colour palette formats (fschmid) IN PROGRESS (aco, acb DONE)
  • Improvements to colour support in the Barcode Generator 6781 (fschmid) DONE
  • Enhancements to the Documentation 6058 - IN PROGRESS
  • Some render frame code refactoring (Herm) DONE
  • Code optimisation (jghali, mecirt) IN PROGRESS
  • Integration of GSoC projects:
    • Picture Browser (pierremarc, fschmid) DONE
    • Uniconvertor + GraphicsMagick (Herm, jghali) DONE
    • PDF/X-1a and X4 export (jghali) DONE
    • ScripterNG (ale, jainbasil) IN PROGRESS
    • XPress Tag import (jainbasil, fschmid) IN PROGRESS
  • Reuse, save and load gradients (includes import of ggr, sog and grd files, as well as ai gradients) (fschmid) IN PROGRESS
  • Gradients and patterns as strokes (fschmid) DONE
  • Mesh gradients (fschmid) DONE
  • Support for PDF 3D (fschmid) DONE
  • Object "symbols" as in Illustrator (fschmid) DONE
  • Scripter cleanup and finishing (ale, jainbasil) IN PROGRESS
  • Tables rewrite DONE
  • Editable inline frames DONE
  • Cursor positioning bugs (avox, pierremarc) (#3157) DONE
  • Undo bugs (#5745) IN PROGRESS
  • Rewrite the Properties Palette (jghali) IN PROGRESS
  • Import of XPress Tags, IDML files, and InDesign Snippets (jainbasil, fschmid) IN PROGRESS
  • Improvements to Master Pages (avox, jghali) IN PROGRESS
  • More PDF/X export options (X-1a, X-4) (Mentor: pierremarc) DONE
  • Rewrite of Search and Replace (cezaryece) IN PROGRESS



  • Performance with large amounts of text present (avox, mecirt, cezaryece) IN PROGRESS
  • New file open and save dialog class to handle multiple file location options, e.g. local, NFS, kio, WebDAV. These would be used in import and export plugins, SLA open/save, get/save text functions. They would pass a stream pointer/filename etc to the resulting plugin for the operation. *#1693

Text Frames

  • Make edit-in-frame more usable? I know, use SE - but that's not very useful when making hyphenation corrections etc. DONE
  • Control hyphenation as part of paragraph style DONE
  • Maximum inter-word spacing control, or "willingness to hyphenate" control IN PROGRESS
  • Bullet support in paragraph styles #102 DONE
  • Hyphenation improvements #417 IN PROGRESS
  • Text refinements #415
  • Non latin support #1547, #1079 IN PROGRESS
  • Support for OpenType alternate glyphs #1413
  • Cursor placement fixes (so cursors know more about tabs, columns, alignment etc) #3157 DONE
  • Related to inheritable paragraph styles: limited styles, presumably with a 'next-style' attribute. Think 'first paragraph' styles, etc. (cezaryece) IN PROGRESS
  • Ability to create TOC and Indexes #1371, #3349 (cezaryece) IN PROGRESS, TOC done
  • Support for footnotes and endnotes DONE


  • More Text Import slave plugins: XML/HTML/(XHTML+CSS)/OO.org Calc/Kword/Kspread)
  • Add WordPerfect Importer #3589 IN PROGRESS
  • Add RTF Importer IN PROGRESS
  • Investigate the use of libabiword and AbiWord filters for import of formatted text, as it would provide about 30 new text formats that could be imported. IN PROGRESS
  • HTML Exporter #2974
  • epub Exporter (a.l.e) IN PROGRESS
  • Updatable Linked Text IN PROGRESS (external developer)
  • Integrate UniConvertor. This would enable Scribus to import CorelDRAW 7-X4 (CDR/CDT/CCX/CDRX/CMX), Adobe Illustrator up to version 9 (PostScript based), Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM), Skencil/Sketch/sK1 (SK and SK1) and Acorn Draw (AFF) files. DONE
  • Xara Import #3863 DONE
  • Calamus Vector Graphics (CVG) import DONE
  • Apple PICT Vector Import (fschmid) DONE
  • Investigate the integration of GraphicsMagick for import of new bitmap formats. (Herm) DONE
  • PDF-in-PDF embedding of placed PDFs on PDF export (works only in PDF-1.4 and above FS) #1699 see also #1179 DONE
  • Warning on missing fonts in placed/imported PDF files #4464
  • PDF/X-4 support GSoC 2009 DONE
  • Enhancements to the PostScript Importer:
    • Fill patterns
    • Gradients
    • Type3 fonts; vector/bitmaps
    • Honour fill rule for clipping
  • Option to print PostScript errors #1441
  • RGB profiled export for bubblejets (Note: CMYK for PDF-X/3 only!) #1697, 1271
  • Add Support for DeviceGray and Indexed Colors #3540
  • Preflight Enhancements #4569
  • Preserve fonts when we import a pdf in scribus.
  • Convert pdf text in real Scribus text block when we import a PDF in Scribus.
  • Embedding of 3D objects in PDFs (fschmid) DONE

Usability/User Interface

Shapes/Vector Drawing

  • Boolean Object methods (like Inkscape etc) (fschmid) DONE

Image Frames

  • Allow more options for allowing clipping paths to shape text #1564 (fschmid) DONE


  • Create ScripterNG DONE
  • Working PyQT for Scripter (see Using QT from the Python interface) IN PROGRESS
  • Scripter functions enhancements (hangs together with "Scribus Objects via Scripter" IN PROGRESS
  • Asynchronous or indepently threaded Python execution (qt will provide a lot of this for free without requiring real threads ... if it can be made to work) (see patches in Using QT from the Python interface) IN PROGRESS


  • Ability to clone frames like Inkscape can, allowing, for example, text frames on various layers to have the same size and attributes, except different content (eg layers for various translations of a doc). When one is moved, they all move, when one is resized they all resize etc. .."Linked Layer Objects" ? #1704 (fschmid) DONE
  • Tables rewrite/feature enhancement DONE
  • Re-write the bookmarks code (cezaryece) IN PROGRESS
  • Make installation on OS X (PPC and Intel) as easy as on Windows and Linux DONE
  • Documentation updates for the Scribus file formats, the API and the Scripter IN PROGRESS

Post 1.6 Tasks

  • Rewrite the SVG import/export code
  • Rewrite the Story Editor
  • Create the transparency flattener
  • Rewrite/enhance the EPS export (similar to the PDF export dialog)
  • Add more export options (IDML, PUB, ODT)
  • Support for all types of digital printing devices
  • Make Scribus "headless" (i.e., allow for the development of a server version)
  • Text import filter for TextMaker (TMD) files
  • Import of complete OpenDocument word processing documents
  • New file format and DTD, 100% XML compliant #111 (avox, malex, jghali, fschmid) IN PROGRESS
  • XPS export/import (jghali)
  • New Colour Storage Format with various options eg, index, name, number, rgba, cmyk, spots, etc. See New Colours Format
  • Database publishing (with support of popular SQL databases both open source like MySQL, PostgreSQL and proprietary systems like Oracle/IBM DB2 as well as XQuery)
  • Tool to create 3D preview to see leaflet and brochure "in real" and save it in *.tif or print it. Useful to present the graphic concept to the client.
  • Access to the Scribus core from python outside of Scribus GUI/scripter. (DCOP? CORBA/XML-RPC?) #1675
  • Investigate what other file formats from the wish list could be imported. IN PROGRESS
  • New non modal Resource Manager dialog IN PROGRESS