[Clipart] Opening Download

Alan Horkan horkana at maths.tcd.ie
Mon Oct 31 17:43:15 PST 2005

On Mon, 31 Oct 2005, Jon Phillips wrote:

> Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 07:19:31 -0800
> From: Jon Phillips <jon at rejon.org>
> To: ellis28 at mac.com, clipart at lists.freedesktop.org
> Subject: Re: [Clipart] Opening Download
> On Fri, 2005-10-07 at 22:09 -0700, Open Clip Art Library Feedback Form
> wrote:
> > Name: Bill Ellis
> > E-mail: ellis28 at mac.com
> >
> >
> > I have downloaded from the Open Clip Art Library 0.17, the item ZIP
> > format [ 85 M, only vector files - openclipart - 0.17-svgonly ] but
> > am then unable to open and use the individual clip art categories.
> >     Should I have downloaded a different item ??        My operating
> > system is OSX 10.3.9 with M/S Office 2004 as well as iWork and
> > Stuffit 10.0 installed.
> > Any advice / help would be appreciated.
> Well, SVG files do not work inside of Office or iWork. I recommend
> installing the OS X version of Inkscape (www.inkscape.org) to operate on
> the SVG, and export to other formats you might need.
> SVG is a public standard of w3.org, so using SVG insures it will be
> around for some time.

> Also, to Open Clip Art Library devs: it would be great if we could ship
> svg2png apps for WIN32 and MACOSX. I wonder if it would be worth it to
> make a simple GUI wrapper for these apps in order to provide another
> level of accessibility to others...however, this is just more work which
> we really don't have time for unless someone steps up to the plate to
> make something like this....just a thought :)

On the issue of having more useful software available to our users I'm
optimistic about librsvg and gdkpixbuf becoming more widely available with
Gtk applications on Windows.  In particular I'm hoping GQView (or anyother
thumbnailing program which uses gdkpixbuf) will be ported to windows.

I finally looked at Inkview for the first time recently and it was simpler
than I expected.  If inkview was more like Evince (or any other Viewer
applcation) and a bit more export functionality it might also be a good
way to give users another tool.

Would still be interesting if someone made svg2png available and provided
a frontend but there may be other tools which would be easier for us to
leverage and more useful to our audience.


Alan Horkan

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