[Clipart] Suggestions for future enhancements for clipart uploads

Michael Moore stuporglue at gmail.com
Tue Aug 22 01:09:24 PDT 2006

> > 1) Not all clipart is completely grouped. You might import a piano
> > into a picture in Inkscape, and go to move it, only to end up dragging
> > just one key.
> In my experience, importing a completely ungrouped SVG into Inkscape
> (with drag and drop from the desktop or any other Nautilus window or
> using File -> Import) result in having it as a group

Oops. My bad. I must have just noticed when I'd done an open.

> > 2) Not all clipart is sized appropriately for the bounding box. Some
> > clipart is draw in the upper corner of a large bounding box, others
> > completely over-run their box.
> This is a *huge* problem, among other things, it makes thumbnails
> unusable. It is also a big problem when doing batch convert from SVG to
> PNG for using the images in applications which does not support SVG
> (like OOo).

Should this be taken care up as part of the upload script, or just
included in the guidelines for people submitting clipart? I know when
I submitted some clipart a while ago, I didn't know about the bounding
box. My images weren't too far inside the lines, but I would have done
them right if I'd known about it.

> > 3) There's a huge range in image sizes. You could import a computer
> > mouse and it'd be 3 inches tall on the screen, then import the monitor
> > that was next to it in the folder, only to find yourself with a 1 inch
> > tall monitor.
> This is IMO a minor problem, all images are in vector format, so after
> resizing the quality is the same.

It's not as serious as the bounding box issue, but I think from a
usability viewpoint it's still important. Supposedly, a good product
will deliver a consistent experience. I think having all cliparts
imported at the same size would help deliver that.

Michael Moore

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