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Scribus Portable v1.4.8

billon on 2 Jul 2019
  • 137MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Jul 2019
  • Suggested by JohnW

Scribus is a desktop-publishing tool similar to Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher. It supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. Includes support for a wide variety of file types via import filters, rendering of markup languages and XML file format. Other features include PDF Import, EPS import/export, Unicode text including right to left scripts such as Arabic and Hebrew. Scribus is cross-platform and open source.

Scribus Portable is version of the program. Alternatively, X-Scribus is also available.

Win2K user: Version 1.3 series option (unsupported): Portable Scribus - (choose English or multilingual, extract to any folder of your choice and Launch PortableScribus.exe)

Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch ScribusPortable.exe

Optional: to enable a variety of PDF functions, install Ghostscript Portable to the folder adjacent to ScribusPortable (e.g. If you have installed Portable Scribus to X:\PortableApps\ScribusPortable, install Ghostscript to X:\PortableApps\CommonFiles\Ghostscript)
Similar/alternative apps: Inkscape
What's new? See:
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Danix on 2012-02-12 11:56

X-Scribus 1.4.0 is hosted here
Please update the link in main description.

zorro on 2019-01-27 14:37

Unfortunately Scribus Portable (stable & test, is not stealth - HKCU\Software\Trolltech keys are left behind.
To make it stealth, you must edit the launcher script ("ScribusPortable.ini" under App{AppInfo\Launcher) - there the registry values are outdated: change every occurence of "HKCU\Software\QTPojects..." to "HKCU\Software\Trolltech...".
Perhaps John T. Haller changes it in the next release.

zorro on 2019-01-28 03:40

...sorry, my previous comment only applies to the stable version 1.4.7 - changing "HKCU\Software\QtProject.." to "HKCU\Software\Trolltech.." in "ScribusPortable.ini" does it.
The test version (1.5.4) is stealth out of the box.

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Tomahawk PDF+ v3.1.0

webfork on 24 Nov 2019
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Dec 2011
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Tomahawk is a full-featured word processor for RTF, TXT and other file formats. It includes tables, search and replace, HTML links, and drag-and-drop support for images. As the name implies, the program can import PDF files as well as export images and text from PDF files. Available dictionary and thesaurus available from the website.

NOTE: the website has gone offline, mirrors available.

Runs on: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Free for personal use (may qualify as abandonware)
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch TPdfPlus.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Jarte
What's new?
  • Fixed N-Up printing.
Latest comments
Loner on 2011-12-31 14:24

Created PDF with Table, and end product resulted in far right of table not shown on PDF even though I justified it to center.

Mixture on 2016-07-18 13:33

The website has been shut down.

billon on 2016-07-18 17:25

Yep, but download links still work (not for long?).

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JPdfBookmarks 2.5.2

webfork on 14 May 2017
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Nov 2011
  • Suggested by Cornflower

JPdfBookmarks is an easy way to add, change, or remove nested bookmarks in PDF files using an intuitive interface. The program has a variety of view, bookmark formatting options, the ability to extract links, and even optionally make bookmarks visible by default.

Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Java Runtime Environment version 6 or higher.
Stealth: ? No
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch jpdfbookmarks.exe.
Latest comments
joby_toss on 2010-05-25 15:11

I'd like Java and .Net categories...
Until then...

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Free PDF Editor v1.3

webfork on 16 Jul 2015

Free PDF Editor allows you to insert text and images into text and image boxes, as well as rectangles and ellipses. Within a text box, you can change font, alignment, size, and color. Useful for creating quick-and-dirty PDFs without having to use OpenOffice or having access to a print-to-PDF program.

NOTE: This program merely exports to PDFs and cannot open them.

Runs on: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch FreePDFEditor.exe.
Latest comments
VaranusK on 2010-03-24 09:36

I guess this is a PDF *creator* and not editor... useful to create a PDF from scratch but can not edit existing ones...

Nate on 2010-03-24 18:14

It shouldn't be included in as a PDF editor.
All it is is a rich text editor that 'prints to PDF'.

robzuc on 2015-07-14 08:59

As in 2010 year comments, this is not a real editor: it just can't open any pdf file.

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