[texworks] About the Icon Design (was: Icon Update)

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sun Jul 12 05:03:03 CEST 2009

On 12 July 2009 Mojca Miklavec wrote:

 > On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 03:48, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:

 >> The advantage of Stefan's second approach is that it's vector
 >> graphics.  If you only need the icon for buttons, bitmaps are fine.
 >> But if you want to use it anywhere else (documentation, conference
 >> papers,...), scalable graphics are a must.  Inkscape is a nice tool
 >> because it uses the cairo library which supports many output formats.
 >> In addition to SVG, it can create other vector formats like EPS and
 >> PDF, which are supported by (pdf)tex natively.  Cairo can also create
 >> bitmaps if needed.
 >> The most interesting point is that once you have created an SVG file,
 >> you can regard it as "the master source".  It doesn't even matter
 >> which program produced it.
 >> Yes, it's definitely worthwhile to have the master sources in a
 >> standard, scalable, and portable format, and SVG is probably the best
 >> choice.  I don't know how difficult it is to achieve the "inky"
 >> surface in Inkscape, but I'm sure that it's worthwhile to investigate.
 > I prefer the first version too. However:
 > - I don't use Blender; I know that if figure was created with povray,
 > one could create an image of arbitrary size at any given moment and I
 > assume the same is true for Blender.

Hi Mojca,
of course, you can create .pk files with more or less arbitrary
resolutions from Metafont sources.  But nowadays nobody want to have
bitmaps in the final PDF file.  Same for graphics.

 > - In case that agreement is set to use the vector format: then I would
 > expect at least a purism to the point of creating the image in TikZ
 > for example :) :) :)

Yes, please proceed.  :) :) :)


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