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Monday, March 03, 2008

Open Source Scalable Vector Graphics Editor

I do a lot of reading, I'm interested in a lot of different subjects, and many of them are very technical. I sometimes think I missed my calling, there's a possibility I should have become an engineer. With my employment situation as it is, I don't have a lot of money to be spending on new software, so I've been looking at open-source software, and an article I ran across about doing UML using XML/XSL and SVG graphics piqued my interest in SVG.

SVG is an acronym for Scalable Vector Graphics, a standard put forth by the W3C. Its actually a subset of XML, and is supported by most browsers to some degree. Its supposedly simple, but utilizing it in your blog doesn't support that claim. My experimentation would seem to indicate that some parts work, while others don't.

In looking for editors for SVG, I did happen to run across an application called Inkscape. For an open-source package, its amazingly complete and professional and is akin to one of Adobe's programs. Although I haven't been able to use straight svg files from it in my blog, or even use any of it as inline code (that renders properly), it does allow the export of bitmapped graphics to PNG files. Those definitely work on blogger.

If you look at my header you can see one of the exports, with a nice color fade, rounded corners, and transparency. Here's another example I did this morning:

I recommend Inkscape, especially if you like to draw or just can't find the right graphic that says what you want. If you don't feel like wading through all the pages of the site, you can get to the downloads directly from here.

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At Monday, March 3, 2008 at 9:40:00 AM EST, Blogger NYD $visitorIP said...

Started checking out the links you provided and was amazed at the artwork produced with this bit of software. Have fun creating stuff.

At Monday, March 3, 2008 at 10:00:00 AM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

It's nothing short of amazing, isn't it? Not bad at all for something you'd buy, but wonderful for something that is free.

At Monday, March 3, 2008 at 12:49:00 PM EST, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

Good!!! Something to play with :D :D

I think I'm going to love this site! :)

At Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 11:54:00 AM EDT, Blogger $visitorIP said...

It's great that you're always reading and learning Charles. I read a quote once that the day we stop learning is the day we die.

I think the FOSS movement is really cool; you can get free versions of almost every piece of commercial software around. And that is a really good thing for kids in developing countries who obviously can't afford the expensive stuff.

At Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 8:32:00 PM EDT, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

I really like learning and seem to be obsessed at times. I think that even in death I'll learn something, like what's next.

Open source isn't just good for kids in developing countries, its good for old men in developed ones (like me (well, I'm not really that old)) and for the programmers who learn doing it, and for the companies that produce the commercial stuff too, since there's plenty of good ideas coming from it, and it keeps them updating instead of sitting on their ___es.

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