Saturday, June 10, 2017

Install Scribus 1.5.3 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint Derivatives

Scribus is an open source and cross-platform software project that has been designed from the ground up to act as a feature-rich desktop publishing application for creating professional-grade pages with minimum effort and in a shortest time as possbible.

Features at a glance

Key features include support for ICC color management, color separation, ability to create CMYK separations and interactive PDFs with form fields, a user-friendly and modern graphical user interface, as well as scripting and presentation effects.

The beautiful GUI will allow the user to open an existing or recent document, create a new document from an existing template or create a new document and set its size, orientation, width, height, number of pages, default unit, printer margins, layout and automatic text frames from the get-go.

The application also comes with a wide range of templates and a plethora of professional features, such as support for inserting text, image or render frames, tables, shapes, polygons, lines or bezier curves, and numerous scripts.

What's new in Scribus 1.5.3

  • The most important change isn't immediately visible, namely a completely rewritten text layout engine, which supports complex scripts like Arabic, Hindi or Thai, as well as providing access to advanced OpenType features, such as ligatures and alternate glyphs.
  • Altogether, about 500 languages and/or scripts are supported. Please note that as of version 1.5.3, Scribus is supposed to render these diverse writing systems, which still needs thorough testing by those who are familiar with them.
  • Typing on the canvas and text rendering in general has become a lot faster.
  • Previews for fonts are now available in font selectors.
  • The "Text" tab has been removed from the Properties Palette and is now a separate UI palette.
  • The performance of copying and pasting objects in/from/to files with huge color palettes has been vastly improved.
  • An import filter for Krita's KRA format has been added.
  • Scribus now follows the XDG standard for configuration files. Therefore, the Scribus preferences directory has moved from ~/.scribus/ to a new default location: ~/.config/scribus/
  • Color selectors display the color values as a tooltip.
  • A longstanding problem with the launch option for an external image editing program has been resolved. Until version 1.5.3 it was necessary to manually close the external program before it could be started again from within Scribus. This is no longer necessary.
  • The "Wikipedia RAL Classic" color palette has been updated, this time using Wikipedia's LAB color values.
  • A script called "Caption" has been included, which adds a text frame to an image frame, based on the latter's proportions.
  • The "Autoquote" scripts now supports inverted guillemets via the "de-g" parameter.
  • Code improvements have been made based on recommendations from using both the Coverity scan tool ( and the "clazy" tool ( These changes improved efficiency, removed bugs and improved security.
  • Countless bugs, mostly introduced with the new features in 1.5.x, have been fixed. For details see the 1.5.3svn changelog (
  • New Dependencies:
  • As of version 1.5.3, the minimum Qt version to compile the program is 5.5.
  • harfbuzz, harfbuzz-icu and libicu, as well as the related development packages are now required.
  • Caveats:
  • Some newly introduced features, like footnotes, may not function as desired, at least not yet.
  • The file format may undergo some changes between the current release and 1.6.0, so we advise caution when it comes to workflows that use automated document generation or parsing.
  • Vertical writing systems aren't supported for the time being, but support will be added in a later release.
  • The Online Help hasn't been completely updated, and it won't be until the final 1.6.0 release.

Install Scribus 1.5.3 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint Derivatives

To Install Scribus 1.5.3 on Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zelus, Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 vivid Vervet, ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS), Ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.04, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0, Linux Lite 2.2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems , open a new Terminal window and bash (get it?) in the following commands:

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:scribus/ppa to your system's Software Sources. (Read about installing)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scribus/ppa
sudo apt-get update

Ente to continue adding PPA :

after update repository, install it :
sudo apt-get install scribus-trunk

and install completed, search scribus on ubuntu dashboard :

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