Scribus on Windows

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To run Scribus on Windows, you need at least 512MB memory. More is strongly recommended for larger and more complex documents. Your CPU should be a Pentium III (750MHz) or better.


Windows 98/ME are not supported. Scribus won't work on these platforms.

Windows 2000

If you are running Windows 2000, you need to have SP4 installed. You also need the GDI+ library, which can be downloaded from Microsoft. The *.dll file can be installed by coping it either to C:\Program Files\Scribus-1.3.x or C:\WINNT\system32.

You should also download and install a current version of Ghostscript before you start the installation of Scribus. Scribus will detect the location in most cases. If it doesn't, you can add it in File > Preferences > External Tools > PostScript Interpreter. Note that the Ghostscript directory contains two executable (*.exe) files, namely gswin32c.exe and gswin32.exe. If you need to insert the path to Ghostscript manually, you have to choose gswin32c.exe.

When you select the "Extra Fonts" Option in the installer, this installs two sets of high quality, freely distributable fonts. One set is the the URW fonts from Ghostscript. This includes 45 type faces which are commonly included with most PostScript printers. The second is the Bitstream Vera font family, widely used on Linux and by many of the included templates.

Windows XP

The installation on XP is similar to 2000, except that you don't need to install the GDI+ library, which is part of Windows XP.

Use of the Windows standard themes is very strongly recommended. An issue has been known to cause display problems with some third party themes. If you were to encounter this issue, as a workaround we suggest you change the Scribus theme (File > Preferences > General > Theme) to "Windows" instead of the default "Window XP" one.

Windows Vista

While Scribus runs on Vista, it hasn't been tested extensively on this platform. There may be some glitches, and users are encouraged to make the developers aware of Vista-specific issues.


Installing Scribus on Windows is hardly any different from other installations on this platform. The most current version can be downloaded from Sourceforge. Scribus and all required libraries (except GDI+ on Windows 2000) are all in one installation file called "scribus-1.3.3.x-1-win32-install.exe" (where x is the current version). Download the file to your hard drive and double-click on it. Note that you need to have Administrator privileges to install Scribus. After a few seconds, you'll see the welcome screen. Simply click "Next" to continue.


The next step is to choose the components that are going to be installed. You have the choice between Scribus itself (required), additional fonts (see above) and a desktop shortcut (a link to the Scribus executable file on the desktop). You can also determine whether a default set of shortcuts for all users will be installed.


After selecting the components you can select an installation directory. There's probably no reason to change the default setting, unless you want to install Scribus to a non-standard place, eg, on a separate partition or hard drive.


The last choice you have to make before you start the installation is to define a folder in a Start Menu for Scribus shortcuts. You shouldn't change the default values in this dialog.


After clicking the "Install" button, Scribus will be installed, which may take some time.


Once Scribus is installed, you can click the "Finish" button. If you don't want to start Scribus immediately or make sure Windows doesn't open a text editor to display the README file, uncheck both boxes in this dialog.


Uninstalling, Installing More Than One Version

Once you have installed Scribus, when you later install a newer version, you will be asked whether you wish to uninstall the older one. If you choose not to uninstall, you will then have two versions of Scribus to choose from, since the newer version will by default go into its own directory.

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