Re: One possible bug, plus a couple of feature requests

On Fri, 27 Aug 2004, Paul Dorman wrote:

Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 07:53:51 +1200
From: Paul Dorman <pauld cwa co nz>
Reply-To: discussions about usage and development of dia
    <dia-list gnome org>
To: discussions about usage and development of dia <dia-list gnome org>
Subject: One possible bug, plus a couple of feature requests

Hello Dia developers!

I've just compiled and installed 0.94 and I'm getting a "Could not find plugin
init function" message on startup.

I was very pleased to see that I can use SVG images from within Dia! One
thing I would love to see is functionality which would allow me to
convert one or more SVG images to .shapes. I can do this slowly by
adding an SVG image to a chart and saving that chart as a .shape, but
this is slow and tedious. It seems all the basic capability is there, so
perhaps it would be an easy feature to add?

I suggested something simlar before after using Macromedia for a while.
I would have sworn I filed a request in bugzilla for "Define Shape" or
"Create Shape" but I cannot find it.  I expect it to take the current
selection and prompt the user for a Title/Name (not a filename) and to
automatically (creating the filename and) save as a .shape file in the
user directory for custom shapes.

Actually for the use case you are describing it might be more useful just
to be able to batch convert the SVG files at the command line or
something.  (Dia does have a command line export option -e  but I've never
used it).

(green squares) in our shapes, with the option of saving those edits to
the shape, a new shape, or just in the chart. A hot-key combination
would be great for this, perhaps changing the color of the handles and
allowing us to move them around with the mouse, before locking them
again with the same hot-key combination.

you want to edit the handles?

do you not mean edit the connection points?

This, in conjunction with the SVG image to shape conversion I mentioned
above, would allow Dia users to create new SVG-based shape sets very

if Dia had better support of SVG it would be possible to use SVG files as
shapes without even modifying them, patches to the SVG support would be
much appreciated

Also, the hex grid got screwy with me at one point, with the angles on
all the hexes being incorrect. They were all identical, and the effect
remained even when shading and unshading the window. If it's okay for
this list, I'll submit a small screen shot image to show what I mean if
it happens again.

preferably submit a link to the screenshot or attach the screenshot to a
bug report

Paul Dorman.


Alan Horkan

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