[Clipart] Searching and download graphics

Jon Phillips jon at rejon.org
Thu May 17 17:35:57 PDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-05-16 at 16:48 +0200, 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

Cool, yes, you can get a package of our clipart from most distributions
which you can use for this...man, all these ideas flowing when our site
is down :(

This would be quite cool!


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