gimp for publishing (was Re: [texhax] A.Mani :Re: texhax Digest,
Vol 2004, Issue 41, Message No.1, 3)
William F. Adams
wadams at atlis.com
Tue Feb 10 17:32:27 CET 2004
On Monday, February 9, 2004, at 05:33 PM, A.Mani wrote:
> I do not think it would be that difficult. Because the number of
> 'difficult' programs to be written can be expected to be quite small
> and these can always be reused...it is certainly worth the trouble.
> Another option would be use both tex and GIMP for the purpose.
Is the GIMP no longer ``merely'' a bitmap editor? Does it now handle
vector graphics as vectors and text as type exporting as a
resolution-independent .eps or .pdf?
The dearth of decent tools for such has kept my NeXT Cube on my desk
and a Windows laptop in my kit bag for the past decade (and don't tell
me that Skencil nee Sketch, Impress, Sodipodi &c. are suitable). I need
things w/ the capabilities of Altsys Virtuoso / Macromedia FreeHand,
Adobe Illustrator, FutureWave's SmartSketch, and Fractal Design
(Creaturehouse) Expression. Really a shame that GYVE didn't get
finished and that Canon didn't follow through on their offer to donate
a drawing program to GNUstep....
One other tool which hasn't been mentioned yet AFAICT is Scribus (which
does seem like quite a good beginning).
Since it uses XML for its file format, one could in theory set up some
sort of database publishing system which would run out XML versions of
a document, then do the typesetting from within Scribus, visually
tweaking at need.
William Adams, publishing specialist
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