Linked by Roberto J. Dohnert on Thu 17th Jul 2003 18:34 UTC
Features, Office On July 15, 2003 the Scribus project had a milestone release. They released Scribus 1.0. I have used Scribus both personally and professionally since the early development times. 8.0 was when I first used it. 1.0 came with so many bug fixes and has become so refined I decided to do a review of it.
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Re: Q3Xr2
by Bascule on Thu 17th Jul 2003 22:49 UTC

Thanks for the information. It seems the color managment in Scribus goes well beyond any other open source application in existance (it's certainly in a deplorable state in the Gimp)

I'm glad the author is taking the time to address color management. It sound like for the time being that acceptable print quality on modern plotters could be reached using the Acrobat toolchain and running documents through Acrobat Distiller to handle proper conversion from a PDF with an embedded ICC profile to Level 3 PostScript before the document is printed.

The complexities of digital pre-print have always seemed to be enough to keep open source applications from pursuing the area with too much vigor, and I'm glad to see that one is taking the time to try to tackle the issues.

I'll have to take a look at Scribus again when it releases its next milestone and see if it is ready to print directly to a Level 3 PostScript plotter with an embedded ICC profile. Until then, it sounds like Scribus users will still be dependant on a Mac or Windows system to handle the final, color-corrected printing.

Now I wonder what CMYK conversion algorithms are being used and what color profiles those can handle...