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Scribus is a desktop publishing program that is free software, licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). There are versions available for GNU/Linux, MacOS X, OS/2, and Windows. As of March 2012, the current stable version is 1.4.0.

.SLA files are the native format for Scribus. You can export files into PDF, EPS, SVG and raster images.


Select Item

Shortcut: c

Used to select and move items.

Insert Text Frame Shortcut: t

Insert Image Frame

  • Shortcut: i

To add an image, draw an image frame in the document. Right-click on the frame and select Get Image (or press Ctrl-D). The X, Y, Z panel of the Properties panel controls the settings of the image (position and scale). To make text wrap around the picture, in the Shape panel, check the box next to "Text Flows Around Frame."

Insert Table

  • Shortcut: a

Insert Shape

  • Shortcut: s

Insert Polygon

  • Shortcut: p

Insert Line

  • Shortcut: l

Properties Panel

This is at the bottom of the menu you get from selecting and right-clicking an item. You can also open it by pressing F2. There are 6 sections to the Properties panel:

  • X, Y, Z
  • Shape
  • Text
  • Image
  • Line
  • Colors


Objects are layered on top of each other in a "stack". You can select items that are stacked below other items by ctrl-shift-clicking on the stack.