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Old 24 November 2006, 08:14   #11
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Old 24 November 2006, 11:10   #12
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What is a tiff
Where can I get this soft ware and how hard to operate .
Plan A is Slim Tim in his Budgie smugglers and waterproof camera
Plan B is computer pictures
Plan C a mixture of both
A tiff is a type of image file. TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format - it is quite a common graphics format - but actually any format should be fine e.g. jpeg etc.

Inkscape is FoC and available from www.inkscape.org

Assuming you are using Windows then you are probably just wanting the link below.

inkscape.modevia.com/win32-snap/inkscape-LATEST-EXE.zip

Learning curve depends on how good you are with a computer, and how good you are at understanding how these sorts of drawing packages work. I am by no means an expert, I do understand computers pretty well, I am not an artist, I have very little experience with PC Art packages. I took me less than one day to produce sensible artwork from 4 photos (i.e. 4 images) including downloading the software.

It seems a popular package (particularly for Linux geeks) and so there is plenty of info on the web, including "how to..." type tutorials.

As its work related stuff I don't want to post the images - but I will PM you the before and after so you can see the effect.

If its not hugely urgent, there aren't too many, and your expectations aren't great I could have a stab at your images if you decide you are not computer literate enough for the software.
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Inkscape is FoC and available from www.inkscape.com
I love open source! I was just having a conversation about open source alternatives to Illustrator with a friend of mine last night. She's publising a book and needs to handle some illustration stuff. Perfect timing. Thanks!

The correct link is http://www.inkscape.org/
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I love open source! I was just having a conversation about open source alternatives to Illustrator with a friend of mine last night. She's publising a book and needs to handle some illustration stuff. Perfect timing. Thanks!

The correct link is http://www.inkscape.org/
Thanks for correcting that - I have now fixed the original link in case anyone doesn't get this far.

Has she discovered Scribus - its a DTP package which hasn't quite got the inkscape following yet. But if she is writing a book it might be useful.

Opensource is great in many ways - but I do think that there can be a temptation to release software before it is finished - and then release new versions every month - that winds me up.
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Waaaay beyond me bloody clever
Polwart thanks for sending the pm with the art work amazing what you did with it.
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Thanks for correcting that - I have now fixed the original link in case anyone doesn't get this far.

Has she discovered Scribus - its a DTP package which hasn't quite got the inkscape following yet. But if she is writing a book it might be useful.

Opensource is great in many ways - but I do think that there can be a temptation to release software before it is finished - and then release new versions every month - that winds me up.
True enough, but I've had pretty

She doesn't have to deal with DTP for the book. I do for some of my clients though, and Scribus looks a lot better than freeware version of Serif PagePlus that I've been playing with. I'll download Scribus and play with it a bit.

I've gone to Open Office and Firefox, I just need a decent open source replacement for Outlook, and I can be Micro$oft free, at least as far as my applications go. Open source feels a lot better than trying to steal M$ products

I'm not quite enough of a hardcore geek to make the move to Linux for my OS though.
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