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Scribus 1.3.6 Released

The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of Scribus 1.3.6. This version is another major step on the way to the next stable release 1.4.

Compared to the work on Scribus 1.3.5, the development of Scribus 1.3.6 was focused on stabilizing the code base, and especially on weeding out issues that came from the porting of the code from Qt3 to Qt4.

Almost 150 bugs have been fixed since the release of 1.3.5. In addition, Scribus 1.3.6 provides some minor enhancements:

  • New Scripter functions
  • Usability improvements
  • Translation updates
  • More colour palettes
  • Updates to the documentation
  • Build instructions for OpenSolaris

The Scribus Team considers this version to be quite stable and ready for many real-world use cases. However, since there are still some annoyances that prevent us from releasing version 1.4, more cautious users may want to prefer to stick with the officially stable version

The Scribus Team will continue to implement new features and improvements in a new experimental branch. Once tested and confirmed as working flawlessly, they will be backported and become part of the 1.4 milestone.

Important Information

Please note that we have branched our code repository:

1.3.7svn code (the next iteration of the development version and probably the last before the release of 1.4) is available from the "Version135" branch:

trunk (=experimental) is now versioned 1.5.0svn (svn:// and continues to undergo heavy changes. Please use this branch for testing only!

The Scribus Team recommends that all distributions package Scribus as "Scribus" or "scribus". We recommend the additional packaging of 1.3.6 only if it is marked as a development version and can be installed alongside an existing Scribus (for example as "scribus-ng").

An important reminder:
If you are working with 1.3.3.x and decide to implement some design features available in 1.3.6, you should only work with a copy of your file, since once it is saved in 1.3.6 format, you will not be able to open it again with 1.3.3.x.

Similarly, if you are working with a team, try to make sure that all team members use the same Scribus version -- this will avoid many headaches and extra work.

Primary Download Location

Windows and Mac OSX installers, as well as the source code are available here:

OS/2 installers will be added soon.

Further Download Options

Source Verification

MD5: 2b2e52c5a06e190b0f5651b1f75d5065
SHA1 5f2fa179c4393a0393e1ec4f6e92dfd410f83d72

MD5: 2d653c8371d198b5d8321e9ba5e0142d
SHA1: 35ceba09bea73b3cb10f38dddc5bc24185df794e

MD5: 5c4122b7656cead6b07aefe4362edc3a
SHA1: 9a3770585d24fb5dae697ce05f0f86d17196be24

MD5: e714b1de4ed61130cf889170a605eb21
SHA1: d060ad76591ceab0505e7af913b07e136a112250


The Scribus Team would like to thankØverby Consulting (Norway) for their continued hosting of all of the Scribus websites.

We are also grateful to Linux New Media (Germany) for sponsoring.

Moreover, the Scribus Team is pleased to name Resene Colours (New Zealand), dtp studio (Germany), Serenity Systems (USA), Vectorportal (Russia) and Marabu-Druckfarben (Germany) as Special Supporters.

Finally, the Scribus Team would like to thank the many end users, translators, testers and contributors who helped us with this important release.

About Scribus

Scribus is an award-winning, cross-platform Open-Source page layout application with a focus on high-quality and commercial-grade PDF and PostScript output. Originally developed on Linux, Scribus runs natively on Mac OS X, OS/2, many forms of UNIX and Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 by now.

Underneath a user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK colour, spot colours, separations, ICC colour management, printing marks and versatile PDF creation, including PDF/X.

Encouraged by professionals and beginners alike, the Scribus Team, supported by a large and constantly growing number of enthusiastic contributors from all over the world, is dedicated to improve "one of the most powerful and useful open-source projects out there" (TechRepublic).