When the AAPA's desktop publishing tutorial
was created last fall, the templates and instructions used the latest stable version of Scribus, 1.4.6.
A new stable version of the open source desktop publishing program, Scribus 1.4.7, was recently released. The AAPA tutorial has been tested with the new version, and no problems were noted. (The tutorial has not been tested with the Scribus development branch, 1.5.x.)
Scribus is a full-featured program, which means it can be complicated and intimidating. But by using a provided template file to jump-start your publishing, and learning a core subset of commands, you can learn the basics to produce a journal with only a little effort.
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