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TheHalcyonYear
2008-Oct-16, 06:24 PM
Well, it's like this.

At work here we communicate through the local wiki pages which usually means a lot of words. However, as the saying goes, a picture (or diagram) is worth a thousand words. The problem is that we need a simple package that would allow us to make pretty pictures and diagrams even though most of the people here are artistically challenged or in a hurry to get the job done.

Does anyone know of graphics packages that would allow my team to easily add pretty pictures to wiki pages; either draw them on the wiki or display them there?

Thanks,

T.H.Y.

tdvance
2008-Oct-16, 07:34 PM
gimp is the usual freeware graphics package--for "photoshopping" (without buying Photoshop) or drawing, etc.

If you are talking about graphs and charts, you might want a spreadsheet.

Both would create files that could be uploaded to the wiki. I don't know of any plug-ins (and it would depend on the wiki software anyway) for doing this right from the wiki pages.

Gigabyte
2008-Oct-16, 07:48 PM
http://www.queeky.com ?

TheHalcyonYear
2008-Oct-16, 08:28 PM
Actually, when I say pretty pictures, I am thinking of engineers and their pretty pictures. They need a package that has pictures of computer hardware, representations of disks, people, laptops, desktops, processes, network routers and lots of other engineering stuff. They want to be able to represent "flow" and "control of flow" with arrows and stuff like that.They want to drag and drop picture elements that can then be easily displayed on wiki pages.

I suggested gimp and photoshop and was told that these were too complex. They want powerpoint presentation slides (but have no office license) build by simple drag and drop that can easily be put on wiki pages.

Moose
2008-Oct-16, 08:31 PM
TheHalcyonYear, they want Visio.

eric_marsh
2008-Oct-17, 12:38 PM
I had a new idea for the X Prize Crazy Green Idea contest and wanted to up the quality from my previous entries, which were head shots and narrative only. Essentially I needed to be able to represent the major components of a hybrid automobile. I found an open source app called Art of Illusion. It's written in Java and will run on all platforms. After going through the tutorial I created my automobile project in an hour or two.

You can see the results on my video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_HPD0tb-Z4.

Note that's the car chassis later on, not the transparent engine at the beginning which I did with a different package a decade ago.

You can find Art of Illusion at http://www.artofillusion.org/

Jay200MPH
2008-Oct-17, 01:21 PM
This may be a little more than you need, but: http://www.inkscape.org/

It's an open source vector graphics editor with a lot of features. Even if it doesn't work out for you it's free so giving it a try can't hurt.

- J