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[www-devel] Scribus 1.5.1 released


The Scribus Team is very pleased to announce the release of the development version Scribus 1.5.1, which is another major step onto the next fully-featured version 1.6.0. In terms of stability, 1.5.1 can be already be regarded as robust. The Scribus Team encourages the wide-spread use and testing of version 1.5.1 in as many environments as possible. User feedback will help us to release a rock-solid version 1.6.0.


Most Important Changes
======================

An instantly visible improvement is a new and modern icon set, which almost exclusively uses grayscale variants.

Scribus 1.5.1 also provides some exciting new features, the most important of which are:

* Support for the CIE L*a*b* and CIE HLC color models, which are also available in the color editor;

* Support for SwatchBooker's SBZ file format, which means, among others, that all color palettes from the Open Colour Systems Collection (http://dtpstudio.de/downloads/OCSC_1_0.zip) can be used inside Scribus with their original colour model (CIE L*a*b*) intact. Moreover, Scribus 1.5.1 can now use Adobe Color Book files (ACO), as well as Adobe Swatch Exchange files (ASE).

* The import filter for XPress Tags is finally working as expected (some minor glitches notwithstanding) and has been tested with XTG files from XPress 3 to 2015;

* Two oft-requested text import filters have finally made their way into Scribus, namely RTF and DOCX;

* Scribus 1.5.1 enables applying a background color for selected text and also offers this option for character and paragraph styles;

* The ODT importer has been rewritten from scratch and now not only supports more ODT features, but is also much more tolerant with ODT files written by programs other than LibreOffice or OpenOffice.

* An experimental version of an import filter for FreeHand files has been added;

* PDF import has been massively improved;

* The font embedding code, as well as the related user interface, has been completely rewritten;

* The Resource Manager for online resources provides a new option to show the licence for the respective resource before downloading.

* As of version 1.5.1, Scribus includes two new color palettes, namely CIE LAB and CIE HLC. They are the first palettes in Scribus to use CIE L*a*b* color values, and they refer to affordable color fans that use an open and non-proprietary color model. We plan to use CIE L*a*b* for all of our palettes (where possible) in the future.


In addition, Scribus 1.5.1 includes many bugfixes, most of which are related to newly introduced features in 1.5.0. The Scribus Team also subjected version 1.5.1svn to a Coverity scan to detect potential security and stability issues. Many of these have already been addressed in this release.

An overview is available here: http://bugs.scribus.net/view_all_set.php?type=1&temporary=y&project_id=1&fixed_in_version=1.5.1svn (reported bugs and feature requests) and here: http://lists.scribus.net/pipermail/scribus-commit/ (actual changes, including unreported bugs).

Caveats
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* Please note that the online help system hasn't been completely updated yet, and it probably be won't be until the final release of Scribus 1.6.0.

* Some newly introduced features since 1.5.0, like footnotes, are "program-stable", i.e., they won't crash Scribus 1.5.1, but not "feature-stable", which means they may sometimes not work as expected for the time being.

Primary Download Locations
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* Installation packages for Windows, Mac OS X and the source code are available here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/scribus/files/scribus-devel/1.5.1/

* Fedora and CentOS RPMs: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs

* OpenSUSE, SLED, and SLES RPMs: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/mrdocs

* Packaging for other Linux distributions, *BSD, Solaris and OpenIndiana is beyond our influence. We recommend updating the respective repository data on a regular basis.

Download Verification
=====================

Description File Name Sha256sum Sha1sum

Source scribus-1.5.1.tar.xz 77828c0b69b384e53e637587b26b5b54c7231408e126a575014dcde520278267 a30d1d61c8cff148a3b2f9157f9d4e5ea74e9954

Source scribus-1.5.1.7z 5b614d3aeacef9ee2ae88c76ac605e7c5a0f6f71127c627121339a670797ac71 2de3b1645c6e1ed63cd880115a052b3389eb7b3a

OS X 10.9/Mavericks or higher, Intel x64 scribus-1.5.1.dmg 41a6d4ab831b1744cc84d91e05f63a20d6ae62bb916cf808641ead5e76343ced 0d6143f6b619a94c0dc6e9805193c72b8e0bf991

Windows 32/64 Bit scribus-1.5.1-windows.exe e77938b6b6def7b7c21fcfc4e4225047cee8bb86a303842f200e9ac8794eb458 45e43409badace1bddea2d9bb758621de19c32eb

Windows 64 Bit scribus-1.5.1-windows-x64.exe 8d1065df917745a6e885ee567ac461bb3d4f554d469c7efc60762b76f9a13a98 0fc2f05c2f4cde971420472a8ff580263e65ee1a

Linux AppImage scribus-1.5.1-linux-x86_64.AppImage 0a4fb4f3336456dc708d47e25dff2c17ed62b9b1372d09dcdda129ffdb8680bb c8ada38414e8e1c0b91f1439cf0282df48ab8da8


Credits
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The Scribus Team would like to thank Anduin.net and Modirum for their continued hosting of all of the Scribus websites.

For this release, the Scribus Team takes a deep bow to Dezso Markon for his wonderful artwork.

We are grateful to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and Linux New Media (Germany) for sponsoring.

The Scribus Team is also honored to have Resene Colours (New Zealand), dtp studio Oldenburg (Germany), Scientific Illustration Services Corp. (USA), the Newspaper Association of America (USA), Software Consulting Services (USA) and freieFarbe (Germany) as Special Supporters and donors of color palettes and other content since the 1.4.x release, just like we are grateful to the owner of Vector Portal for the permission to distribute some of his work as Scribus Templates.

Porting Scribus to OS/2 and eComStation is being supported by Mensys BV (The Netherlands) and Serenity Systems (USA).

Finally, the Scribus Team would like to thank the many end users, translators, testers and contributors who helped us with this release.

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