File formats that should be supported by Scribus (wish list)

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Below is a list of file formats users think should be supported by Scribus. This doesn't mean that they will be actually supported, but the list will save numerous bug reports/RFEs. Feel free to add your suggestions.

Note: Some of these formats may impossible to support for patent (in the U.S) and/or other practical reasons. Notably, no public documentation or mis-matches where a program X has a feature or vice versa. I have added some comments with * to indicate status or existing request --mrdocs 00:24, 17 March 2007 (CET)



  • AbiWord
  • AmiPro/WordPro
  • Apple Pages
  • AppleWorks
  • Applix Word
  • DocBook
  • KWord *Kword is moving to Open Document - already supported by Scribus.
  • LaTeX
  • LyX
  • MS Word 95 *Partly supported via antiword. If Antiword is installed, Scribus will automatically detect this. The Windows versions of Scribus have this already installed with the installer.
  • MS Write
  • Papyrus
  • RTF
  • StarOffice Writer 3x-5x
  • TextMaker
  • WordPerfect -


  • Corel Photopaint
  • GIMP - The GIMP developers have specifically recommended against using XCF as an interchange or import as some of the format relies on GIMP internals. Export TIFF or PNG.
  • Kodak Photo CD
  • Krita
  • Mac Pict
  • Photoline
  • Picture Publisher
  • Sun Rasterfile File Format Doc Imagemagik can convert it
  • Truevision Targa Wikipedia Entry


  • Adobe Illustrator - The native format of Illustrator 9.0+ is actually PDF
  • AutoCAD Interchange
  • Corel Draw
  • Enhanced Metafile - libEMF is a GPL library
  • Macromedia Freehand
  • StarOffice Draw 3x-5x
  • Windows Metafile -
  • Xara Xtreme -
  • Xfig


  • Presentation
  • OpenDocument Presentation
  • PowerPoint 95
  • PowerPoint 97-2003
  • StarOffice Impress 3x-5x

The difficulty with presentation file formats is they often have embedded objects beyond the native graphics.