Free Desktop Graphic Suite

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Common interface for graphic programs on the free desktop.

Many artists use several applications in their workflow. This includes using one program for photo editing, one for illustration and one for page layout. To ease the user experience for someone using these apps, consistency in wording, looks and similar working tools needs to be adressed.

The three programs that will be adressed are:

  • GNU Image Manipulator Program aka GIMP (bitmap image editing)
  • Inkscape (scalable graphics illustration)
  • Scribus (page layout)

Common dialogs

Tool consistency

Resources that can be shared:

  • Patterns (PNGs)
  • Gradients (SVGs)
  • Palettes (We need a standard here.) (suggestion: .xml format, based on .ai format (each text line with each colour name and its rgb, cmyk or whatever))
  • Clipart (SVG/PNG)
We need some kind of universal, portable and standard svg rendering engine that can cope with InkscapeSvg. I think the ability to know that your source svg looks fine in the GIMP or several other programs on anyone else's computer would encourage people to use it a lot more (and would leapfrog the Adobe formats). It would also mean that when you used a vector image in another program you wouldn't have to rasterise it, so output would be better quality. Legio noctis 14:56, 31 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Icons
  • Cursors
  • Color Management
  • Fonts
  • Symbols
  • Filters

To help manage these resources it would probably be wise to try and incorporate some kind of Thumbnail Browser into any such suite. Unfortunately there is no obvious choice of cross platform and open source Thumbnail browser.

Could all the open source projects agree on one location to store all these resources or links to them e.g. ~/.graphicsresources or %appdata%\Graphic resources\?

Could this system be turned into a new open source project/standard of its own? For example, say we called it something like 'Pixelshare', for lack of a graphic-y sounding name. We could then say that every Pixelshare-supporting program makes sure that a Pixelshare resources folder has been established. This would then contain a set directory structure, e.g. there could be a database (XML?) of the various programs/files/whatever is needed for efficient operation. For example: /cursors

...insert here either actual files, shortcuts to files or database of files...


I suggest information.xml contains metadata about the programs, what they produce, formats etc, and the (potential) database inside the Inkscape folder actually contains information such as location of the image, when it was last opened, by what, created, by what, notes attached to it, whether it is a derivative of another file in the database etc.

I will try to return to this page and expand on my ideas more solidly. Someone had a grand vision creating this page, and I don't want to see it come to nothing. Legio noctis 18:27, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

A file sharing toolbar

Some mockups:

Standard toolbar: Opengraphics toolbar mockup 1.png Toolbar with 'send to another application' menu open: Opengraphics toolbar mockup 2.png Toolbar with 'my collections' menu open: Opengraphics toolbar mockup 3.png Mini toolbar: Opengraphics toolbar mockup 4.png

Is this feasible? Legio noctis 15:12, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

Feature Requests

There are many features in the GIMP that Inkscape will want to copy such as the Dock Widgets for managing Palettes.

There are also some enhancements to the GIMP like this request for a standard toolbar that would be helpful for Inkscape users.