Voita Scribus-kirja itsellesi tai yhteisöllesi edelleenjaettavaksi. Suomenkielisessä blogissani, Hiiop, on käynnissä kilpailu, jonka palkintona on uuden karheita Scribus-kirjoja. Kilpailu kirjoista päättyy 14.6. ja on avoinna kaikille, joille kirjan voi lähettää Suomessa sijaitsevaan osoitteeseen.

Lue lisää kilpailusta…

Greetings,
The wonderful folks at Google Open Source Programs Office have finalised the accepted student proposals for this year’s GSoC program. Scribus team is happy to announce that we have four accepted proposals this year and would like to congratulate Vipin Vichattu Johney, Thach Tran, Meetanshu Gupta, and Dhanashree Nellayi Prasad on the acceptance into the GSoC program under the guidance of our wonderful mentors Jean Ghali, Pierre Marchand, Petr Vanek, and Andreas Vox.

Our students will be working on improving Search and Replace functionality, Better Masterpages, Improving PDF Export, and Implementing XPS support. We’d like to thank all our student applicants for this year. We know that you worked very hard on your applications and showed your determination by communicating with mentors throughout the application process. We’re very happy and proud to that you chose to apply to GSoC through the Scribus Team. Good luck and do have fun coding for Scribus this Summer!

We also have a tentative offer from a third party to fund our fifth ranked student. More information will be coming in few weeks, but for now it appears that all of our ranked students will be funded, so nobody goes home empty-handed.

Regards,

Alex for Scribus Team GSoC 2009 Admins and Mentors

Greetings everyone. We have been accepted into the marvelous Google Summer of Code 2009 program again. Let’s celebrate for a moment while thinking of how to make the most of the next four months starting with the student selection and proceeding through the community bonding time on to the actual projects through their successful completion. Scribus Team needs your help to make this a successful Summer of Code. Please spread the word, so qualified and interested students could find us and get connected with the community – meaning you – and with the ideas they could work on. Our wiki is open and our hearts are full of joy. This is going to be fun, people!

Alex, your friendly Scribus Team GSoC 2009 Admin

Send email to the developer(s) of your favorite Free Software applications on March 27th and tell them how you use the software and how much you appreciate the hard work they do.

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It’s that time of the year. The wonderful folks at Google Summer of Code program has posted the 2009 timeline, which means that it’s time for us get ready to apply for participation in this coolest of all open source summer activities that we know and love. The Scribus Team has done well in its first two years of GSoC goodness. Let’s try to be a part of the future once again. We already started a fearsome ideas page in our wiki. Our best efforts must be put into the attempt to secure a GSoC 2009 place among other OSS projects. So, let’s get started and godspead to all! I wish everyone a fun and fulfilling Scribus oriented Free Software summer.

The Official Scribus Manual for Scribus 1.3 series pre-order site opened today. The deal is as good as it can be – 10% discount if you pay immediately by Google Checkout and the worldwide delivery is free. See http://flesbooks.com/ for more information and to pre-order your own copy of the 438-page manual that covers every cool feature Scribus 1.3.3.x has to offer. Book’s estimated release date is December 19th, 2008.

In the words of immortal John Lennon  “I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, better. A little better all the time”. We have had another good Summer of Code. I am happy because of the wonderful people I get to hang around. Our mentors this year were very good; our students were enthusiastic and diligent; Google was generous; and the weather was fantastic despite the alleged global warming. All three of our students were from Germany this year – don’t ask me why it happened, but I have virtually no complaints. In one case personal life interfered, so not 100% of the goals were reached, but that’s hardly a problem as the person is continuing to contribute to Scribus. So, we now have a picture browser, a uniconverter plugin, and the last but definitely not least and being my favorite project – a new Python scripter engine. Since we are getting closer to the 1.3.5 release and are more keen on stabilizing the code then on bringing in more features, our users will not see the added functionality immediately, but it’s there and is working in experimental builds. So, congratulations to all those involved – our hard-working students Henning, Hermann, and Markus, our wonderful mentors Jean, Cedric, and Peter and Google GSoC people Leslie, Chris, Kat, and Ellen who really made this project happen.

Alex.

Scribus Team’s GSoC 2008 administrator

I have not ranted a lot but lately the situation has been changing. I have started a new blog at http://tsoots.blogspot.com/ where my intention is to write articles, tutorials and news items in Finnish about free graphics applications. There is no doubt that Scribus will be the most covered one.

Hiiop, Blogi vapaista grafiikkaohjelmista

Hiiopissa kommentoidaan viimeisimpiä uutisia vapailta grafiikkamarkkinoilta. Ohjelmia, jotka näille markkinoille kuuluvat ovat mm. Scribus, Fontmatrix ja Inkscape. Kommenttien lisäksi alan julkaista lyhykäisiä ohjeita kyseisille ohjelmille.

Blogi löytyy osoitteesta: http://tsoots.blogspot.com/

One of the things we have always been quite proud of is the community which has developed around Scribus: the lively and flame free mailing list, the busy and accessable IRC channel on freenode.net and not least the number of user contributions to the wiki, templates and other sample files.

We have never called for financial support for Scribus before. Now we are. There is a simple and easy way to help, not just the Scribus Team, but all the other free and open source graphics applications you probably use with Scribus. Collectively, we and the other teams have organized a community fund drive to help sponsor the costs of the Libre Graphics Meeting.

The Libre Graphics Meeting brings together developers and users of free software graphics applications, such as the GIMP,Inkscape, Scribus, Blender, Krita, the Open Clipart Library and more. For the first time, we are asking the community to help support this meeting.

What is the Libre Graphics Meeting?

In its third edition, the organization needs your help! You can support your favorite graphics application, and ensure that the travel costs of as many volunteer developers as possible are paid to ensure that this edition of the conference is as successful that its predecessors. The conference is May 8 – 11 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Where will the money go?

We have kept costs associated with infrastructure to a minimum. Over 80% of the conference budget will be spent on subsidizing travel and accommodation costs for developers. $20K is the goal to raise by Friday April 18! Already over $ 7000 has been raised in a just a short few days, which is humbling to see so much support so quickly. But our goal has not been reached yet and you can help.

So how does it help Scribus ?

For the team, it is the most important venue for us in the year. It allows us to collaborate with face to face, both as a team and with other teams. A couple of concrete examples:

At the first LGM, Marty Maria of Littlecms gave an excellent overview of color management use for developers. One of the issues we were struggling with was occasional crashes with non-conforming color profiles which were difficult to prevent. During a side session a couple of Scribus developers walked through how Scribus was using littlecms and Marti pointed out some special error checking code he had added to littlecms. He guided us on enabling it and a few days later Scribus now had the “self-defense” code to prevent bad profiles from causing a crash. When the Lprof developers were having the same kind of issue, we pointed them to the new code in Scribus which solved the issue.

During LGM2, we had some informal late night discussions with some Inkscape developers on the importance to add color management into Inkscape. We talked through some of the challenges and also walked through where we could improve SVG import. Since then, Inkscape has made its first foray into color management and Scribus has a more capable SVG importer.

These face to face meets, as we have learned, are vitally important to accelerate the progress of development, which in the end means better applications for everyone. 🙂

So how does it work ?

Simply go the Pledgie Page for LGM and make your contribution.

A non-profit organization

All donations will be made to the conference organizers via the GNOME Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt US-based non-profit, so donations will be tax deductible for US taxpayers. We would like to thank the GNOME Foundation for their support.

Thanks for your support!

Well folks the game is on. It is with great pleasure that I announce that we have been accepted into the wonderful Google Summer of Code program for the
second time. My thanks go to all the people from the team and the larger Scribus Community who were involved in preparation of our application and especially
to those who volunteered to be Mentors and Backup Admins. Their names are already immortalized in the wiki team application page history and on our
application page if you’d like to know our heroes.

CALL TO ACTION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENT PARTICIPANTS:

We are listing some of ours and accepting your ideas for GSoC projects in our
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/GsoC_2008_Ideas wiki. Contact me or other
people on Scribus GSoC 2008 Team to get your wiki login and create a proposed
project page in our wiki starting with the
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/GsoC_2008_Scribus_Team_Application#10._Does_your_organization_have_an_application_template_you_would_like_to_see_students_use.3F_If_so.2C_please_provide_it_now.
template we provide. Create your proposal/info page as a child of
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/GSoC_2008_Student_Proposals. An example
student information and proposal page is provided at
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php?title=GsoC_2008_Example_proposal.

Closest timeline milestones for students:
* You should get involved in preparing your application, appearing in #scribus
and on the mailing list, talking to us, discussing your ideas and the proposed
project with us and interested members of the Scribus community as soon as
possible. I mean it. Don’t wait for the last day or there just won’t be enough
time for us to get to know you and to consider your proposal. We want to
help you have a fun and profitable summer, so don’t be shy with us.
* Student application period opens on March 24th at ~12 noon PDT/19:00 UTC.
* You and our GSoC team must be on the same page in relation to your project
proposal between now and the March 31st Student application deadline at 5:00
PM PDT/00:00 UTC April 1, 2008, but the closer you get to the deadline the
more difficult it will be, so don’t wait too long.

Happy Google Summer to all involved!

Oleksandr (Alex.) Moskalenko
Scribus Team’s GSoC 2008 administrator

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