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12. Great Programs That Aren’t on the CD > 12.9. Scribus: Designing Magazine an...

Scribus: Designing Magazine and Advertisement Layouts

The professional publishing world is dominated by just a few programs, most of them from Adobe. Chapter 7 already described the GIMP, an image editing tool that seeks to challenge Adobe Photoshop. This section introduces Scribus, an open source desktop publishing tool that seeks to rival Adobe InDesign and Quark XPress. Scribus is a long way from replacing either of these programs in all situations—even the commercial programs aren’t adequate to all tasks—but still, Scribus has a few “wins.” It is already being used by a small commercial newspaper, and recently the first professional book designed entirely in Scribus was published. Small victories to be sure, but all great things must start somewhere.


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