On the Qt

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-07-28 Print this article Print

On the Qt

We found Scribus Qt-based interface reasonably accessible, and users familiar with the KDE desktop will feel at home because KDE is also built on Qt. Those more accustomed to Windows should also be comfortable with Scribus, since key interface elements in Qt, such as file selection dialogs (which in Linux applications are sometimes rough) are similar to those in Windows.

Scribus offers its own XML-based file format, but its most flexible output format is PDF. We could create 128-bit encrypted PDFs with controls on printing, copying and editing the documents (see screen). We could also embed fonts and ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles in our PDFs and could include PDF form fields and JavaScript controls in our documents.

One bit of trickiness with PDFs and Scribus stems from the fact that the latest version of Adobes Acrobat PDF Reader available for Linux is 4.0; PDF features such as transparency require a newer Acrobat client.

Check out Adobes latest PDF moves in eWEEKs review of the Acrobat 6.0 beta. To preview our PDFs on our Linux system, we installed Version 5.05 using Codeweavers Inc.s CrossOver Office—a handy utility based on the Wine Windows application compatibility layer for Linux.

In addition to good support for PDF exporting, Scribus can save documents in SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) formats. However, Scribus does not support HTML export.

Discuss this in the eWeek forum. Senior Analyst Jason Brooks is available at jason_brooks@ ziffdavis.com.

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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