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Using open-source tools for documenting research

Using open-source tools for documenting research

Posted Jan 19, 2006 8:36 UTC (Thu) by jrbeire (guest, #21244)
Parent article: Using open-source tools for documenting research

"One thing that was really missing in Linux in the past was a good vector graphics editor."

Similarily to the article's author I too started using open-source tools when commencing my graduate studies (and converted completely to open-source by mid 2000). Even then, however, there was an extremely powerful vector graphics programme for linux known as xfig. IMHO xfig remains a superior tool to inkscape by a considerable margin at present (aside from .svg support).

Regards, John.


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Using open-source tools for documenting research

Posted Jan 19, 2006 10:21 UTC (Thu) by dvrabel (subscriber, #9500) [Link]

Xfig may be powerful but it has a horrific user interface.

For example: I fired on xfig, drew a rectangle and now I can't find how to pick the rectangle so I can resize it...

Using open-source tools for documenting research

Posted Jan 19, 2006 10:26 UTC (Thu) by dvrabel (subscriber, #9500) [Link]

Whilst I felt like shooting xfig after spending more than 30 seconds hunting for the required button (resizing with the 'move points' button is a non-obvious step) I clearly meant "I fired up xfig...".

(LWN really needs an 'edit post' feature.)

Using open-source tools for documenting research

Posted Jan 20, 2006 9:12 UTC (Fri) by jrbeire (guest, #21244) [Link]

Yep - can't deny that xfig makes some getting used to. But when you do.......

Using open-source tools for documenting research

Posted Jan 26, 2006 13:40 UTC (Thu) by rjforster (guest, #3375) [Link]

For any readers not understanding what makes XFig so hard to get to grips with, it uses a 'verb then noun' structure rather than a 'noun then verb' structure like Corel Draw does.

This means you choose what you want to do before you choose what you want to do it to, ie click the 'resize' button before the rectangle you wish to change the size of.
This is instead of clicking on the object you wish to change then looking for the control to make the change.


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