[Scribus] Laidout (was Imposition Tools and PDFEditor Application)
Wed Jun 27 17:21:23 CEST 2007
Craig Ringer wrote:
> Tom Lechner wrote:
>> I use Laidout to lay out my cartoon books and spherical photos! > >
>> I've made 2 40 page booklet imposed books of cartoons (imported 7M
>> tiffs) with it. Its very rough and questionable gui doesn't phase >
>> me, but then I wrote Laidout, so I might be biased.
> I know the feeling.
> I was curious about your choice of GUI toolkit. Why such an unusual
Well, when I started, I barely knew anything about programming, let
alone programming guis on linux, so I figured I could learn just as
much by rolling my own utilities and windowing library as learning an
established one. I mean, how hard could it be, right? Well, it's turned
out to be a lengthy challenge! Also, at the time, a cursory survey of
of existing gui libraries seemed to indicate they had a lot of stuff I
had no use for, or controls that were too inefficient or limited in
what they could do (for reference, I'm a long time fan of Blender and
Vim). Having at the time really no confidence in my programming skills,
contributing to existing projects just did not enter my mind.
Still, though, writing a gui from scratch does allow quite a lot of
freedom. If windowing library sucks for some reason, one can simply
radically alter it, without having to worry about breaking
compatibility for other people's projects (yet!).
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