Be careful with this kind of “advice”. Though programs like Scribus may save you money, many print shops, quick-copy centers and designers do not use or accept programs like Scribus. Most would tell you to come back later when you have a file format compatible with what they are already using - those being Adobe, QuarkXpress or CorelDraw files, the three most widely-used professional graphics and layout programs on the planet.
Though most part-time, inexperienced desktop publishers would never invest $600 to $800 for a full suite of Adobe or QuarkXpress graphics products, Corel offers a high-end, professional graphics suite (vector - CorelDraw; bitmap - Corel PhotoPaint; and .swf - Corel R.A.V.E.) for as low as $70 for an OEM disc to as high as $400 (retail) for the full-blown suite with books and bitmap/vector clipart CDs included.
To save money, you just have to know how to shop. For example, buy the $70 OEM disc from an OEM supplier. Buy the ‘how to’ book from eBay or Amazon for as low as $15. Buy Clipart CDs from eBay as well for as little as $20 for the 100,000 image kit.
From the Wikipedia site on Scribus: “Scribus cannot read or write the native file formats of commercial programs like QuarkXPress and InDesign (by Adobe); the developers feel that reverse engineering those file formats would be prohibitively complex and could risk legal action from the makers of those programs.”
If you plan on printing to your home or office printer, then use Scribus. Just don’t expect to walk into Kinko’s with a Scribus file and print to their Docutech digital duplex copiers. They won’t be able to (nor want to) accept your Scribus files. And, of course, you cannot export Scribus files to a format that is compatible with Adobe, Quark or Corel products.
Now, that’s “news” you can use.