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Libre Graphics Meeting, Day 2

LGM LogoRui is reporting in from his second day at the Libre Graphics Meeting in Lyon, France.

Today was a pretty intense day. I was really tired from yesterday and I had a hard time keeping myself awake during the whole day. This is the side effect of having to wake up at 5AM and go to sleep at 11PM for two days.

This was a pretty good day on LGM, besides me doing the initiation workshop and the Blender / Orange talk, there was also a talk about Xara and their Open Source version of Xara Xtreme.

Things started pretty late, mostly because the tramway wasn't working, so I had to go the event location by foot and some others had to wait for the bus to get them to the location. The worst part was that the first speaker got really delayed by this.

Inkscape / Creative Commons

Inkscape screenshotBut at 10:30 he had arrived and started the talk about it, it was about Inkscape and Creative Commons, mostly because he was now employed by Creative Commons. The talk was pretty good, most of it was about licenses and Creative Commons and he also did this really fun t-shirt distribution, pretty nice.

The remaining talk was about Inkscape, several big points were mentioned, like the great integration with the GiMP in the current CVS version, specially for drag and dropping from one application to the other, there was also talk on the soon coming of the sub-layers and integration with LittleCMS. The bad things were that there will be no Cairo support anytime soon and the GTKMM integration isn't finished yet.

There was also talk about the Open Clip Art website and the management area of it that got a major overall, it isn't available yet but looks really, really good.

The main issue that was discussed was that Inkscape should at least hit the SVG tiny compliancy this year and look towards getting the whole SVG format support afterwards.


Xara screenshotAfter the Inkscape / Creative Commons session came the most awaited session, the Xara team made their presentation.

All I can say about this is WWOOOWW, is this really Open Source ??? To answer myself, it is !!! I think it will become most likely the same success that Blender is right now, the tool is very good and is one of the best software I saw so far for Vector Graphics editing, fast and eficient.

Yesterday the source code has been fully released and the Linux and Mac versions work pretty good right now. One of the main aspects for this to have worked so great was that it was platform independent from start.

Right now it is using wxwidgets and it is quite fast. All I can say is that it is quite powerfull and very intuitive.

Blender / Orange session

The remaining sessions I couldn't attend because I had to do the workshop and do the Blender / Orange Session. Both Blender sessions went great and people seem receptive, but I will talk about it in my later sum of the Conference.

Now I really have to leave, back tomorrow with more news.

By the way, on SIOX integration, check this screenshot, thank Brecht for a long night no sleep ....



-- Rui --

Rui Campos is the head of the Blender Foundation Education Board (BF-Education). He is at the Libre Graphics Meeting in Lyon, France this weekend where he'll be giving several Blender workshops. He will be reporting daily from the Meeting.


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