Originally Published: Monday, 24 September 2001 Author: The Staff of Linux.com
Published to: enhance_articles_multimedia/Multimedia News Page: 3/3 - [Printable]

Linux.com Interviews Lauris Kaplinski

On September 5th 2001, the World Wide Web Consortium released the Scalable Vector Graphics 1.0 Specification as a recommendation. With the SVG standard gaining popularity and acceptance, Linux.com spoke to Lauris Kaplinski, a GNOME developer and the author of Sodipodi - a vector-based SVG drawing application, about a few technical insights into the standard, Sodipodi and GNOME in general.

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Linux.com: How do you compare Sodipodi with GIMP? Do you think many vector-based web-developers would find Sodipodi useful?

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Lauris Kaplinski: Nothing compares 2 GIMP ;-)

Serious graphic development needs both vector and raster drawing programs. Many people I know use both GIMP and Adobe Illustrator (plus Photoshop, if they need prepress or do not want to maintain multiple OS-es). Sodipodi's current scope of usefulness is severely limited by functionality and the lack of support of vector graphics in web browsers. But future seems to be quite bright for it, as Sodipodi will slowly get more functionality and SVG support will spread. Comparing to most other drawing applications, Sodipodi has  a unique advantage due to its internal SVG support. There is currently a trend in merging vector and raster drawing applications. It will not solve all out problems, but for certain uses will make things more convenient. It would be interesting, if GIMP 3 will really break most functionality into modular pieces, so other applications can start embedding it more easily. Sodipodi could only win from that.

Linux.com: How do you feel coding on Sodipodi as a hobby? How is it different from working?

Lauris Kaplinski: Currently my work and hobby are intermingled, as I am doing contract work on different Gnome projects, most notably gnome-print. Actually, Sodipodi and gnome-print mutually serve as testbeds for different implementation ideas, which is good for both. The bad side is, that I had to find alternate things for recreation ;)

Linux.com: Lastly, what made you decide on the name Sodipodi for the project? :) What does it signify?

Lauris Kaplinski: Sodipodi means something like 'mishmesh' or 'hotchpotch' in Estonian child-language. When my son was 3 years old, he used to draw a lot, and if tired of trying to draw real things, he filled papers with 'sodipodi'.

At that time I started writing a vector drawing application...

Linux.com: Thank you so much for talking with us Lauris. We wish you all the best in your future.

Lauris Kaplinski: My best wishes.


The following are a few screenshots  of Sodipodi in action: The following are examples of art created by Sodipodi. Please note that these are copyrighted works and you require the permission of the author before you use them.

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This is the logo of Sodipodi

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This image was created by Ain Saare, a student of Tartu Art College, Estonia.

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These images were created by Petr Vlk.





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