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Primitive Drawing Tool

June 1st, 2006 by Multimedia Mike

“Primitive” might be the wrong word. What tool might I create simple, instructive pictures for a technical topic like, for example, the Understanding VC-1 Wiki page? Sometimes, a picture explains an algorithm better that a wall of bulleted text. Ideally, this would be a tool that runs under Linux and is free. Open source is is nice, on principle, but in this case I’m more interested in something that works already so I don’t have to modify it.


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  1. [maven] Says:


  2. Multimedia Mike Says:

    Wow, that’s primitive alright, [maven]. :) Primitive-looking, at least. But it seems to be quite feature-rich. I will try it out and see if I can draw what I’ve been thinking about.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    If you don’t want wysiwyg metapost might work well. Even neater would be embedding metapost code inline in the wiki.

  4. Multimedia Mike Says:

    I just noticed that OpenOffice, which I already have installed, has a Draw component which may be worth looking into.

  5. DonDiego Says:

    xfig works fine once you get used to it.

  6. dionoea Says:

    I’d use inkscape

  7. Kostya Says:

    I found useful to write primary disagrams in XFig and do further editing/adjustments in Inkscape and/or Sodipodi (it’s hard to install Inkscape onto my rather ancient computer).

    BTW, I don’t know present situation but I used specially patched fig2dev (patched by me) to produce correct SVGs, standard one writes incorrect information for circles and picture metrics are way too big.

  8. Tim Ferguson Says:

    xfig is very good and what I have used for many years
    in all my published work and teaching material.