Scribus and KDE: Real World Publication Production

KDE User and Administrator Conference

2004 KDE Community World Summit

Speaker: Peter Linnell

Language: English

Talk is scheduled for: Saturday, 28th of August 2004, 15:30 - 16:15

Check the Schedule for an overview of all talks during this conference.

Scribus is a desktop publishing application developed with Qt for Linux and other *nixes,  written by German developer Franz Schmid and a small team of supporting developers and users. Scribus should work with any Unix-type window manager, but it works best with KDE (K Desktop Environment). Scribus may be run on Apple Computer Inc.'s Mac OS X using Fink, the collection of open-source Unix tools ported to Mac OS X. Along similar lines, there's work in progress to enable Scribus to run on Windows 2000, using the Cygwin POSIX emulation layer for Windows.

It is well known for its handling CMYK (4 color commercial printing) and with its thorough support of Adobe's PDF 1.4 file format for document export. Scribus has a built in Python scripting module for automating tasks and otherwise extending the application's functions.  In addition to commercial print grade support for PDF export, Scribus can save documents in W3C standard SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and EPS (Encapsulated Postscript V 3.0) formats. Scribus can import many image formats, PS/EPS and properly prepared PDF, as well as importing Postscript and EPS which then become native Scribus objects.

The talk which will also feature other Scribus Team members will present how to's for using selected KDE desktop features which enable ease of use and enhance productivity for end users. KDE enhances Scribus in many subtle but important ways as we will see. The talk will also highlight news about the use of Scribus for production of commercial newspapers and other magazines.

About Peter Linnell
Peter Linnell is an independent IT consultant, as well as joining early on (0.3.x days) with Franz Schmid testing Scribus in real world pre-press production, writing the documentation and working with other team members on the Scribus Web Site. Peter has authored feature articles for Linux Journal with more to come.

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