[Scribus] clipart browser

nveitch nick.veitch
Tue Feb 5 15:48:30 CET 2008

Hello scribusites,

i think, at many times in the past, there has been loose talk of a  
clipart browser being integrated into Scribus, and perhaps at one  
time or another, something may have actually come of it.
Well, I had a crazy idea that just might work. I was interested in  
doing something to make Creative Commons more popular, and then I  
thought, wouldn't it be great to have a CC browser-type thing that  
integrated directly with stuff that people might want to use CC stuff  
in, i.e. Scribus, Inkscape, Krita, Gimp etc.

My plan:

* create a core application, for the searching and the browsing via a  
light GUI
* create backends for various CC repositories (openclipart.org,  
Flickr, local filespace, etc)
* create frontends for desktop apps (Scribus, Inkscape etc). these  
are merely  interfaces to the core (which will incorporate the GUI) ,  
and facilitate the passing of data back to the host application in a  
form it can use. For example, for Scribus I imagine it would download  
an image to a preset location, import the image direct to current  
open document if any, and apply licensing information in some  
meaningful way...

I think that having a modular framework will make it easier to  
maintain (e.g. if Flickr changes the way searching works or  
openclipart.org gets a better search engine) and extend - once the  
core works, it should be simple to add new front or backends.

Initially I was thinking to use Python - it's cross-platform and  
works with Scribus/ Inkscape etc. I'm not entirely sure on what to  
use for the GUI - PyQT seems to be problematic at best in Scribus  
terms. Any suggestions?

Anyhow, please comment here to tell me: a) i'm crazy, b) a list of  
reasons why it will never work, c) any helpful advice. I intend to do  
this anyway, and have a working system by the Libregraphics meeting.  
Yeah, so really i am just posting here to shame myself into doing it.  
it doesn't actually seem that hard, though I know I will live to  
regret saying that.

Nick Veitch
Senior Editor
Future Publishing

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