[Scribus] clipart browser
Tue Feb 5 15:48:30 CET 2008
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.
* create a core application, for the searching and the browsing via a
* 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
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.
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