Danni Coy ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
    > Background.
    > Ok at the moment I have 2 reasons for booting Windows on my
    system. One
    > is a Musical sequencing package and my pro soundcard. The other is
    > lack of a descent vector art package (on windows I use a
    combination of
    > Expression2 and flash3).
    > After playing with a package called autotrace it occured to me
    that it
    > would be not too difficult to set up a program that will allow me
    > create basic vector strokes and fills with my wacom tablet... 
    > Paint with pencil type tool onto bitmap(ie one bit per pixel)
    > this to a vector at the end of each stroke....
    You might want to look at sketch and sodipodi. Maybe you'll find
    you are looking for. But both have IIRC no explicit tablet support.

I do not like the work flow of either of the programs you mentioned,
they do not currently support any type of artistic stroke that can be
controlled via wacom. 

The approach I intend to use is a hybrid of raster and vector
techniques. Essentually What I want to do is have autotrace convert a
bitmap image stroke by stroke rather than all at once (problem areas at
the moment are where strokes overlap).... I then need to be able to
display move and delete objects and purhaps change their stacking order.

These are 
    > Questions....
    > 1) At this point I could either start on a simple stand alone app
    or try
    > and extend an existing project like the gimp.(gimp 1.3 code seems
    to be
    > a lot more readable). Which would be better at this point.
    I am not sure. To extend Gimp with a general vector infrastructure
    fact I am working on something like this, but progress is slow since
    am very busy with other stuff right now) a lot of work has to be
    Starting a new project would be silly in my eyes. There are some
    interesting vector programs out there and the gimp is not the most
    obvious possible target.
Um I am not seeing anything to my liking currently.... gyve I can't get
a compile of... Sodipodi's workflow is too contorted... And I find the
Koffice component and sketch don't work the way I do at all. If you can
tell me of any other project I would be greatful.
    > 2)Is the brush code now modular enough to allow me to create a new
    > tool for creating vector strokes. (ultimately this would be very
    > to the pencil.
    Currently this is not possible. It would be cool though...

This is planned though? soonish?
    > 3) I know that dynamic text creates its own special layers... Is
    > system robust enough to allow the creation of 'vector' layers?
    You can attach arbitrary data to regular layers. This is waht
    text does. You can modify text rendered by dynamic text with all
    however, if you change the text it will get re-rendered and all
    are lost. Of course someone could do the same with the gfig plugin.
    It is planned to make this mechanism more generic. For example to
    adjustment layers or - as you intended - to have real vector layers.

I was hoping to do something that works and try something more elegant
and the point where gegl is folded into the main code base... 2.O right.
    > 4) Gimp already uses a library (libart?) to do raster to vector
    > conversions does anybody know how this compares to autotrace?
    libart is used to do vector -> raster conversions and is thus
    the opposite thing to autotrace  :-)
    It is mainly used to convert bezier-curves to selections.
Thanks for your input


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