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Learning a little SVG from PGMJ

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Classes have officially started.

Like many students I am trying to find the balance between work and play, and locating a happy intersection where those two things meet. I found a bit of that at work.

Yesterday Patrick introduced me to a little program called InkScape. It’s free and available online at inkscape.org. The program is like MS Paint hyped up on steroids, or, maybe more closely related to the likes of photoshop and other wonders like that…

One of the main reasons we used InkScape is that creations can be saved in .svg (as opposed to.jpg, .gif, etc.). Svg stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. This format is still relatively new to the web but, the possibilities of what it can do are exciting.

800px-bitmap_vs_svgsvg.png

Originally uploaded by Yug.

From wikipedia’s page on svg:
“This image illustrates the difference between bitmap and vector images. The vector image can be scaled indefinitely without loss of image quality, while the bitmap cannot.”

SVG will help create slicker looking websites with more possibilities for interaction. And if it is shiny and I can play with it, then I am there.

There are also more possibilities for manipulation with svg but, being a n00b I’m not even sure of the extent of it (hence why I linked to wikipedia’s page multiple times).

If you are anything like me then you like to waste spend time playing around with cool tools (for real school fools?). InkScape is definitely an application to check out (especially if you only have the likes of MS paint on your computer).

Jumping In

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Still getting my feet wet here at Datlat.
I think I’ll reserve this space on the web for my ongoing learning about all the new techy stuff I am coming in contact with. Mixture of anxiety and excitement coursing through my veins at this point.

Is the question, “Am I ready for the DTLT?” or “Is the DTLT ready for me?”
Time will tell.