[Clipart] Searching and download graphics

Alan alan at ccnsweb.com
Wed May 16 11:47:26 PDT 2007

"would be not too difficult"

One of the really great things about open source software is that it 
truly benefits from ease of use and simplicity.   Highly effective ideas 
made as effective/transparent/simple as possible is true genius.  Open 
source software caters to this model because there is nothing to hide 
and nothing to protect.

Be the best you can be, because open source encourages exactly this.


Thomas Zastrow wrote:
> Jon Phillips schrieb:
>> On Thu, 2007-05-10 at 11:02 -0600, Alan wrote:
>>> I've been thinking.
>>> Your server is going to get hammered everytime people do searches on it
>>> for particular graphics.   I like the idea of setting up a thumbnail
>>> database and a search function to find particular photos, or you could
>>> organize by type as well.
>>> Would it be possible to create a utility which downloads to a users
>>> computer the thumbnail database and other search criteria?  This would
>>> allow searches to take place locally.  When a user has decided what 
>>> they
>>> want, the utility will connect to the server and download what they
>>> want.  The local utility could be set up to link to a complete download
>>> or a multiple set of chosen graphics or a single picture at a time.
>>> This will reduce the workload on the server and allow users to browse
>>> through the thumbnail photo collection at their leisure on their own
>>> computer.
>> This is a great idea. Would you like to help realize this?
>> Bryce Harrington (on the list) has been working on Inkscape + Open Clip
>> Art Library integration, and this is definitely something we have talked
>> about.
> That reminds me on my old idea of creating a completly offline 
> PDF-catalogue of OpenClipart or parts of it. Could be realised with 
> XSL-FO + some hacking, would be not too difficult. PDF-catalogues 
> could than be organized on the basis of the tags in categories like 
> "People", "Christmas" or whatever. I would need an offline version of 
> OCAL or a part of it or knowledge of the data sturcture which is used 
> by OCAL for doing the programming.
> Best,
> Tom

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