[TriLUG] Vector graphics tool for Linux?
scottchilcote at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 24 15:29:31 EST 2004
Steven Hilton wrote:
> I was wondering if anyone on the list has used the various vector
> graphics tools for Linux?
This is more of an aside, because it doesn't address all of your
interests. But have you considered xfig? This is a drawing & drafting
tool that comes with many distros including recent redhat releases.
It's been around for several years and is quite stable and feature rich,
for what it does.
> - EPS export?
> - Stability?
> - Missing features you wish you had?
It depends on what you want to do with it. I'd like a larger library of
"clip art", although it does include a modest assortment. Hard to
beat for the price.
Most of what I think is missing, I find is there. It's just present in
a different form.
> - Usability or intuitive interface?
The user interface is fairly unique, but can be adapted to in ten to
fifteen minutes of effort. There's a guide to the mouse buttons on the
top line, plus built in help.
> - Glaring bugs?
I don't recall any.
> I have used Adobe's Illustrator quite a bit, but not one of the later
> versions (It's been a couple years.)
If you've adapted to Illustrator and/or the Gimp, you can certainly get
used to xfig. It's not half as elaborate. I'd place the learning curve
about 1/3 of the way between pico (easy) and blender (bring tranquilizers).
Apologies if you were looking for something with greater scope.
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