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On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 10:42 PM, Ian <> wrote:

Touching up photos IMHO might have surpassed design work but is that
really educationally desirable? Look at how often we need to communicate
graphically. Draw diagrams in science, simple plans such as layout of a
room or garden. I'd say the reason we teach bit map editing is because
it is superficially easy, Windows only comes with such tools and
teachers generally don't have the design skills themselves. Neither of
these reasons is particularly sound educationally.

Big +1 from me. I think we shouldn't go the same way MS Office did, when the
only usable options were the clip-art and maybe some basic shapes. First of
all, Office suite should include a tool to make at least moderate quality
schemes and similar things. That tool should be also integrated within the
suite, so it'd be possible to edit embedded graphics directly. The more
powerful the integrated graphic editor is, the less there will be users who
need to do the 'long trip' just to edit a graphic object (by saying long
trip I mean deleting the object, finding the image in the file manager,
opening it, editing, embedding into right location and adjusting image
parameters). This is the reason, why the solution 'Let's just have Draw, and
leave Inkscape for the advanced users' isn't viable. In addition to that,
why to decentralize the (scarce??) resources available?

Of course, I wouldn't be saying all that if there were usability problems
with Inkscape. But IMHO it has quite low learning curve while providing a
lot of features.

Just my 2 cents

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