# [OS X TeX] Another vector drawing program: Inform

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Tue Jun 6 07:21:36 CEST 2006

musa furber wrote:

> Has anyone given Inform a spin? It's a vector drawing program similar
> to Ingalio, though with a few less export options (like no SVG).
>
> <http://www.tribarsw.net/inform/>
>
I just took a quick glance.

While the Disclaimer at the bottom of the Inform versus Intaglio
comparison says "These categories are obviously picked to make Inform
look good, …", the fact that they say that Inform is Cocoa and Intaglio
is not seems strange to me as Inform looks indeed /very/ similar to
Intaglio. Also, Intaglio's Bezier editing seems to me complete enough
but I haven't checked what Inform does that Intaglio doesn't.

They also say "Create floor layouts and plans, …" which, in my other
life, I would like very much but seems a bit of hype here as I do not
see any of the standard tools for that. Like, to draw two walls, draw
two rectangles and use a special tool for removing the unwanted pieces
of the rectangles at the intersection.

In fact, Inform appears to be in general much less mature than Intaglio
even with features such as CMYK Preview.

For instance, and most important to me, though:

-- Intaglio comes with many scripts of which I am using a lot: Convert
to superscripts, Convert to subscripts and Rescaling arrowheads.

-- The main problem Inform would have for me is due to my workflow: I
make a graphics, then click Save As, enter the file name, say, RatFun1
and the folder, say, Graphics, then hit Save A Copy As and Intaglio
automatically saves the copy as cropped pdf, with the same name, but in
the folder Figures.
(Under a GPL, the Intaglio graphic file is used for editing and the
corresponding pdf file is for \includegraphics. For the time being, I am
not using SVG but will when I upload the book .)

So, yes, Inform looks nice but I really don't see that it has any
advantage over Intaglio and, in any case, at this point, I couldn't use it.

Hope this helps.
--schremmer
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