Thanks for the replies.
> What I'm after is a way to be able to change things like colours
> and line thicknesses just once, and have those changes affect all
> of the boxes [containg text] of that class. Is cloning the best
> way to do this?
> Don't clone the group - clone only the rect. Made the clone of the
> rect first, then group rect with text; clone will not be affected, it
> will only reflect the rect as before. Then you can duplicate the clone
> as many times as you need to get more clones of the same rect.
OK, I've tried it, and it works. Thanks!
Unfortnately it looks as if resizing the clones (i.e. so that they fit
the text that they contain) always resizes the box stroke width, even if
the "scale stroke width" button is off, so this doesn't really do what I
> This is basically what CSS classes are for; I think we do have
> sufficient CSS support to use them now, but not good UI for CSS
Great, I can do CSS, and "instance of a class" is a more familiar mental
model (HTML+CSS, C++) than "duplicate of a clone".
So, I can set a class attribute on things using the XML editor [is there
an easier way?] and I can write a CSS stylesheet in a text editor. Can
you help me to associate the stylesheet with the document?
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I am about to start drawing some block diagrams and thought I ought to check out the new features that Inkscape has gained since I last did this sort of thing. For an example of what I have in mind, have a look at http://decimail.org/docs/overview.html. Basically it's just a collection of boxes with text in them joined with arrows.
Obviously the new connectors feature will be useful, though I look forward to more flexibility about where the lines can join the boxes.
I'm also considering using clones for the boxes. What I'm after is a way to be able to change things like colours and line thicknesses just once, and have those changes affect all of the boxes of that class. Is cloning the best way to do this? It seems to work, but there is one problem. Normally I put some text inside the box and then group the box and the text. But if I then clone the group the text cannot be editted in the clone.
Maybe cloning isn't the right solution to this problem. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Sure, I can help you. It's very easy to do in Inkscape. You can read
about this procedure at my version of the user manual [
http://www.angelfire.com/mi/kevincharles/inkscape/p8c2.html ] and I'm
sure there's also a fine tutorial on the Inkscape book that's available
online at [ http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/index.php ] You
can also join our mailing list and ask your questions there and lots of
people will be happy to help.
See the attached for instructions you can open in Inkscape. If you have
any more questions feel free, fire away. Welcome to Inkscape.
>I apologize in advance for bothering you with a question that most would
>think could be easily found by doing a google search. I'm new to
>Inkscape, and was wondering if you knew of any tutorial that explains
>how to put text on a path, such as a sphere. Really in need of
>arc-shaped text, and not interested in purchasing photoshop.