RE: Floor plans?


Firstly, look at Q29 of the FAQ. What I've written below is somewhat
repeated there.

Take a look at the file doc/custom-shapes (wherever you have installed dia -
try locate custom-shapes). It is brief on details, but is a good starter.
Also look at the shapes/Circuit and sheets/Circuit.sheet for good examples.
Note that it is not possible to rotate shapes to arbitrary angles which
means you may have to produce two shapes at 90degrees to each other
(180degree and mirroring is possible with custom-shapes).

Or, there is a plugin (shapes-export) which allows shape files and their
.xpm (the icon for the toolbox) to be exported from dia. This would possbily
be a good starting point especially if the shapes are complex.


-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Trounson [mailto:gregt maths otago ac nz]
Sent: Thursday, 28 February 2002 10:23 AM
To: dia-list gnome org
Subject: Re: Floor plans?

Thank you, that voiced my sentiments pretty much spot on!

So has anybody attempted to create a sheet with house-type stuff?
Or at least point me to a good dia/XML tutorial and I could have a go
myself :)


Geoff Gerrietts wrote:

Quoting Greg Trounson (gregt maths otago ac nz):
"Ole-Johan Lauvås" wrote:

Dia is wrong application for that task. Use Cycas from

Are you sure?  Dia has a lot of potential, and has an "almost there but
not quite yet" feel when it comes to floor plans, at least for those of
us that don't want something as complicated as Cycas.
I also could not locate the CVS tree for cycas.  It appears to be closed

I like the idea. I think the ease with which you can slap together a
rough floorplan in Visio attests to how Dia could do this quite well.

I think Cycas and many of the other drafting tools available are quite
nice, but they really answer a different need than the "drag and drop
some shapes" approach Dia allows -- more for the person trying to
model a home than for the person trying to figure out how to shuffle
his furniture around.

Or the person trying to make floormaps for his Shadowrun game, for
that matter. ;)

 Greg Trounson                          Programmer / Analyst
 Dept. of Maths and Stats,              University  of Otago
 PO. Box 56, Dunedin                    tel:    64-3-4797739
 New Zealand
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