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    Scribus

    From the home page: Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

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    Re: Scribus

    Download section says the following: "Choose your platform: Windows 2000/XP, MacOS X, OS/2, Debian Repository w/Instructions, Source and RPMS." Evidently, it is apparently not compatible with Vista. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/bwaa.gif>
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    Re: Scribus

    That'll teach you to abandon XP! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Scribus

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Pilgrim on 14-Jun-08 08:24. )</P>Actually, I dual-boot my system (Vista & XP), but there isn't an ounce of regret anywhere for having gone to Vista. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/bananas2.gif>

    Addendum: I did some further reading on the Scribus website since I wanted to download and try this program on XP. And, in doing so, I found this bit of information which I thought others might appreciate as well:

    <font color=blue>Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008 all will run Scribus.</font color=blue>

    BTW, Scribus requires that you install another item called, GhostScript, which the author provides a link for as well. I don't know what this is all about, especially if it is a specialized file which isn't included in Windows. Would anyone like to hazard a guess about this file?

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    Re: Scribus

    GhostScript is an interpreter for PostScript, a page description language developed by Adobe that is used in many printers and that is also used as an intermediate step in creating PDF files; it also supports converting PostScript to PDF and vice versa. GhostScript is used by several applications that use/create PostScript and/or PDF. See the Ghostscript Website.

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    Re: Scribus

    <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/ButButBut.gif> Is this "GhostScript" file something which is normally found with most Windows installations? OR, perhaps it is typically included in generally installed applications, e.g., Office, Acrobat Reader, et al? OR, is this file something which in most cases is not found?

    The reason for my question should be obvious . . . I do not want to install something which I already have and which is evidently working fine. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Scribus

    No, GhostScript is not part of Windows and neither does it come with the software that the average Windows user installs such as Office, Adobe Reader etc. So a large majority of Windows PCs will not have GhostScript installed. Whether *you* already have it, I obviously don't know - you can check in the Add or Remove Software control panel.

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    Re: Scribus

    That's exactly the information I was looking for. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Scribus

    The version of Ghostscript I have does not show in Install/Remove. I have been using versions of it for several years without issues. http://www.ghostscript.com/
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    Re: Scribus

    If you want a specific example of Hans' general statement, above, Ghostscript is required to run CutePDF a program which allows you to 'print' to a PDF file from Word or other Office products (for example!).
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    Re: Scribus

    Ghostscript supports a large range of output devices and file formats, not just ps/PDF; although it's usually PDF that people associate it with. See Ghostscript Devices.

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    Re: Scribus

    And if you want to convert your Publisher documents to Scribus the scribus wiki has an answer.

    Everything I have read indicates that the creators of Scribus have no plans to enable import of .pub files

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