Interesting - I assume there are howto's w.r.t. these
Certainly there are. I've been using pyinstaller to create EXEs that can
run independently from a python installation.
Once you have an EXE you can use something like NSIS to create an
installable package. Inkscape uses NSIS to create an installer package
for Windows, but I have very little experience with it.
> And it will be
> difficult to find help because there just aren't that many people with
> these devices to test it and assist you. I'd love to help, but I just
> don't have any clue about this sort of equipment.
> Aaron Spike
The problem isn't that there are not people w/this type of hardware,
it's that they are more likely to know how to run a craft store then to
know anything about writing code :-). Don't believe me? Drop in to
their yahoo group and read the posts :-) :-).
Yes, I've been on the wishblade forums. Yes, many of the members do not
have nearly the level of technical literacy that we take for granted.
But what I meant to say is that there is a lack OSS hackers, like you
and me, with these devices. And therefore this sort of work is difficult
to support in a free software ecosystem.
If we can solve this plotter obsolescence problem, inkscape will
dozen if not hundreds of new users.
Be careful what you wish for. I'm less concerned with attracting users
and more concerned with attracting contributors.
I would love to see Inkscape provide a foundation for these communities
to build useful open software for their purposes. But with out these
devices in the hands of developers (or even better users who are
inclined to become developers), it becomes a very difficult dream to
support. If we can single out individuals with aptitude, desire and
machinery and train them, I think it would flourish.