Daily Archives: September 30, 2004

GNOME graphics apps: a rant

Why isn’t there more collaboration between projects like The Gimp, Inkscape and Dia? I guess because they have all been written to scratch different itches. However, cooperation could easily start at the UI level – just getting toolboxes with icons in the same format for e.g. Zoom, Select, etc.. would be a start, and really help to unify the user’s experience.

Getting from Visio to SVG

Found a very interesting project in the form of VDXtoSVG, which lets you convert from Visio XML files into the more standard SVG format. I was looking at how this could be used with various projects such as Inkscape and Dia.

It is basically an XSLT which enables a Visio file to be converted to SVG.
One point of interest is that it will not run through Xalan. I have only gotten it to work with Saxon.