Aaron Spike wrote:
Daniel's attachement reads:
A friend and me have developed a genealogy program to handle
relationships between members of a family. It has a component to provide
a graphical representation. The corresponding drawings file is input to
a separate program which allows to adjust them in various ways and a
subsequent output file may be read by the genealogy program.
We are particle physicists, with a very long experience in the FORTRAN
language which allows us to program whatever we need in terms of
calculations and logical relations. We consider essentially Macintosh.
We used pre-OSX systems but now convert to a more widely accessible
environment (such as RealBasic).
The genealogy program is under our responsibility but for the separate
program handling drawings we relied on ClarisWorks. This program
fulfilled totally our needs but did not survive. The last usable version
is ClarisWorks-4 (and its transposition ClarisWorks-4 on Windows), all
other later versions are useless for our needs. The underlying format is
PICT (from QuickDraw).
Thus we need a program to replace ClarisWorks, for its vectorial
functionalities. Hence we question if InkScape can fit our needs :
1-ability to read/write in a format that may be easily used
-the PICT format from the old QuickDraw IS easy and well documented
unfortunately it is virtually abandonned (to our knowledge)
-the PDF format IS NOT easy, multiple versions exist which fool
the various interpreters. There exists a fairly large book dated 2000
which is probabably now fairly useless (outdated)
-the SVG format is used by InkScape
does it need a navigator ?
if so, which protection exists against frequent modifications of the
navigators and the underlying format (s). It is most annoying that
navigators are incompatible with each other … and with the version
they used yesterday !
2-ability to modify graphical objects
-add/suppress/change simple objects
-text, lines, rectangles, circles (ellipses or any ovals)
-copy/paste pictures from a Resource file (or another medium)
SVG is a standard created and maintained by the World-Wide Web
Consortium or W3C, http://www.w3.org/
It is an XML-based standard and
is modifiable by any XML editor or text editor (if you know how to write
raw XML files, that is).
What you haven't made clear is whether your process is mostly manual or
automatic. Inkscape is a drawing application. It allows people to
easily create and modify SVG drawings. It has limited ability for
automatic function via the command line.
Without further clarification, I think I can give a definite answer of
maybe to your questions.
Just my 0.00000002 million dollars worth,
Programming is as much about organization and communication
as it is about coding.
Regardless of how small the crowd is, there is always one in
it who has to find out the hard way that the laws of physics
applies to them too.