Sounds like you want a aircraft that has all the capabilities of a jetfighter and a cargo carrier but is as easy to drive as a car :-). However, if I had this task, I think I could do it with a combination of the the Gimp and OpenOffice.org Draw, which with my experience has almost all the capabilities of Corel Draw, a vector program. We use them together all the time. And both are available for Windows and are open source. Upgrades would cost you nothing; BTW the current version of OpenOffice.org is 1.0.1 but 1.0.2 is due out any day now. Don't let the version number scare you off... OOo is essentially the same as Sun's StarOffice 6.
We've grown to appreciate the Unix way of creating programs that do a more limited set of tasks but do them well. Open source programmers are more inclined to make their applications easier rather then more difficult to be used with other programs. If your requirements are to have both in the same program, you are going to be extremely limited in what your choices are. OpenOffice.org Draw handles a surprising number of bitmap tasks, but it's so simple to use the Gimp with Draw that I don't see the problem. * Kevin Myers <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [030117 04:29]: > > A number of you are trying to help me out with some suggestions with regard > to my prior request, and I do really appreciate that. However, most of the > suggestions that I am receiving so far are for programs such as Photoshop > and the GIMP that do NOT do vector/object oriented graphcis at all. Such > programs are purely bitmapped image editors, and even though they may have > some very nice drawing, editing, and other image manipulation capabilities, > they won't meet the needs that I am looking for here. In addition, > Photoshop has a maximum limit of 32K pixels in either the horizontal or > vertical dimension of an image, which I would prefer to avoid. The GIMP > doesn't have a similar pixel count limitation (fortunately!!!), but again it > is only a bitmapped image editor, not a vector graphics program (unless I am > seriously missing something). > > I know that I posted these questions to a couple of lists that primarily > deal with bitmapped graphics, but I was hoping that some of you out there > might also have some experience with vector and hybrid applications as well. > Basically, if you don't know what I'm talking about here, then it probably > isn't worth your time to reply. But I appreciate all of the good intentions > anyway! > > Regards, > s/KAM > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Kevin Myers" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: "gimp users" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; "gimpwin users" > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; "ImageMagick Users" > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2003 9:46 PM > Subject: Vector Drawing Program Suggestions > > > > Hi folks, > > > > I'm looking to purchase or download a combined vector drawing and bitmap > > image editing program, and was hoping that some of you might care to offer > > some suggestions. My primary use for this program would be to overlay > > layers consisting primarily of various text, simple shapes, and freehand > > lines on top of scanned images of hardcopy maps. Requirements that I have > > are as follows: > > > > 1. Runs under Windows. > > 2. Reasonably simple to learn and use. > > 3. Allows simple editing of bitmap images including cropping, rotating, > > flipping, resizing (including different scale factors on each axis), and > > some color manipulations. > > 4. Handles LARGE images (preferably exceeding 32K pixel limits per > > dimension). > > 5. Supports multiple layers, and the ability to enable/disable individual > > layers for printing. > > 6. Provides simple vector graphic object drawing tools, including shapes, > > text, freehand curves, color fills, and object grouping. > > 7. Provides manipulation capabilities for all objects such as rotating, > > flipping, resizing, and color and transparency changes. > > 8. Allows programmatic creation and manipulation of images via scripts > that > > can be created as simple ASCII files. > > 9. Handles both large format hardcopy devices and output tiling, along > with > > the ability to select a specifc portion of the image and scale for > printing. > > > > Previously, I have tried using a number of different applications, and > > haven't been impressed with any of them. Among others, I've tried Jasc's > > Paint Shop Pro 7 and several different CAD programs, including a fairly > > recent AutoCAD release. I have primarily actually used Corel Draw 10. > But > > all of these seem to come up short, primarily in 2 areeas: 1) ease of > > learning and use, and 2) image size limitations. > > > > My typical work flow goes something like this where the graphics that I > want > > to produce are concerned: > > > > 1. Scan in raw images, most line art, but some grayscale or color, many up > > to E size or even larger. Minimum resolution that I use is 200 dpi, but > > most documents scanned from 300 to 800 dpi, depending on the potential > need > > to blow up the image to a larger scale and still retain decent resolution. > > 2. Sometimes stitch together images from multiple scans, which requires > very > > precise control over image rotation, especially for larger images. > > 3. Clean up, rotate, resize, and crop scanned images. > > 4. Create simple symbols as compount objects to be reused in map layers > for > > common features. > > 5. Create multiple map layers using vector based objects, including text, > > simple shapes, color fills, and grouped objects, some with transparency. > > 6. Select a specific portion and desired scale for the final map that I > want > > printed (Corel Draw is particularly awkward at this) then print it on > either > > a large format inkjet plotter (up to 54" width by essentially unlimited > > length), or on a smaller inkjet printer than can handle paper sizes up to > > 17" x 44". When printing on the smaller printer, we often print maps on > 11" > > x 17" paper that are too large to fit on a single page, so the software > must > > have output tiling capabilities. > > 7. Enable/disable various layers, change map portions or scales, and print > > again until all desired maps have been created. > > 8. Sometimes I will want to script some of this process, and I may want to > > use an unrelated external program to help generate the necessary script. > > > > Both Corel Draw and a number of the other programs that I have tried do > have > > most of the capabilities that I need, with the primary exception of > > undesirable image size restrictions (typically 32K or 64K pixels per > > dimension). However, I have not found any of these programs very easy to > > use so far. I especially find Corel Draw's user interface to be > > particularly cluttered, confusing, and difficult to use. My usage pattern > > with these graphics is to do very intense work over the space of several > > weeks, then to not use the program again for perhaps several months. > During > > this intervening time, I forget all of the essoteric nuances that are > > necessary to get the job done using these programs, and seems like I have > to > > learn them all over again each time. This is especially true since I use > a > > large number of other highly complex programs in my work, all of which > have > > different ways of doing things. > > > > Can anyone help me out here with some good recommendations? Thanks! > > > > s/KAM > > > > P.S. - Public domain, freeware, shareware, or inexpensive applications > > preferered, but I'd consider almost anything. > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Gimp-user mailing list > [EMAIL PROTECTED] > http://lists.xcf.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/gimp-user -- Judy Wilson, PO Box 98, Corozal Town, Belize _/*]; [EMAIL PROTECTED] www.corozal.bz/jwdesigns/ | |:' If the eye is a window to the soul, then a tear is | /' what gives the soul the possibility of a rainbow. |_/ _______________________________________________ Gimp-user mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://lists.xcf.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/gimp-user