[Scribus] Inkscape and Gimp
Sat Jun 3 00:33:03 CEST 2006
On Friday 02 June 2006 23:32, Christoph Sch?fer wrote:
> Am Freitag, 2. Juni 2006 07:04 schrieb Christopher Sawtell:
> > On Friday 02 June 2006 03:43, pixelnate wrote:
> > > >> I think it would be a great feature if scribus could import
> > > >> directly from Inkscape and Gimp as happens to Adobe
> > > >> applications. Some kind of interativity among the programs.
> > > >> S?lvio
> > >
> > > Another great feature would be cmyk support in both programs,
> > > also like in the Adobe Creative Suite. I would much rather see
> > > that happen than to get a 'smart objects' feature in each.
> > Wouldn't we all, but note:-
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantone
> > http://www.freepatentsonline.com/5283671.html
> The problem with spot colours is that they are protected by
> copyrights. While I originally thought this is ridiculous, I have
> to admit that it seems reasonable to me now. Companies like Pantone
> put a huge amount of work in reliable colour values (and tables)
> for output on different devices and on different surfaces. This is
> _not_ easy. But the idea of spot colours itself is not patented. It
> would be worthwhile to create a free spot colour library, but this
> takes time, a _lot_ of work and expensive equipment for testing
This is something we have already discussed on the create project
which was an offshoot of some of the Scribus and Inkscape developer's
> As for using the CMYK colour space, this isn't problem at all.
> Scribus does this for quite some time now. That doesn't mean a
> litigous company, some kind of "graphics SCO", will one day _not_
> think about suing FOSS projects for implementing spot colours or
> MYK, but none of the Scribus developers is living in the United
> States. How would a U.S. law firm try to enforce bogus patents in a
> European jurisdiction where software patents are invalid?
> > Which mean that you will have to offer those additions as patches
> > delivered from a Free World country.
> > It's the Intellectual Property Dictatorship which should be
> > ashamed of itself, not some poor little, law abiding, FLOSS
> > author.
> Be careful with your wording. In Common Law countries "intellectual
> property" laws are the only means of defending FOSS! In Roman Law
> countries the concept doesn't exist, but the author's rights
> applied here provide similar means of defending the freedom of
> software. That doesn't mean I want to justify the excesses of MPAA,
> BSA and other extortionionists, but IMHO you have to look at both
> sides of the coin.
> And, again, implementing CMYK or CIELab (a public standard!) is not
> prevented by any (U.S.) patents.
By the way, the list may not be aware that we have started a new
Scribus Developer's blog at http://rants.scribus.net
This whole thread has motivated me to write a longish essay about this
very topic and I hope you will all find it enlightening.
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