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    Open source clip art

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    Go here:
    Open Clip Art Library :: openclipart.org :: Drawing Together.

    You can browse online or click on download packages to download everything.

    I downloaded the whole package. The only problem is that some percentage of the files are in SVG format. This is not a format that many programs understand.

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    Re: Open source clip art

    I get a cannot find server error on that link.

    A little later.... Never Mind. It's working now. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Open source clip art

    I did some poking around on this and found that SVG format is very interesting.

    'SVG 1.1 became a W3C Recommendation in January 2003.

    Sun Microsystems, Adobe, Apple, IBM, and Kodak are some of the well-known organizations that have been involved in defining SVG.

    Advantages of using SVG over other image formats (like JPEG and GIF):

    SVG files can be read and modified by a large range of tools (e.g. notepad)
    SVG files are smaller and more compressible than JPEG and GIF images
    SVG images are scalable
    SVG images can be printed with high quality at any resolution
    SVG images are zoomable. Any part of the image can be zoomed without degradation
    Text in SVG is selectable and searchable (excellent for making maps)
    SVG works with Java technology
    SVG is an open standard
    SVG files are pure XML
    The main competitor to SVG is Flash. The two have a lot of similar features. The biggest advantage SVG has over Flash is the compliance with other standards (e.g. XSL and the DOM). Flash relies on proprietary technology that is not open source.

    The major drawback of SVG at the moment is that no browser fully supports SVG. However, the future of SVG seems bright: Mozilla and Microsoft plan to fully support SVG. Adobe GoLive 5 already supports SVG and the number of SVG editors are growing.

    Look at the official W3C list of implementations of SVG

    To view SVG files today, you will have to install a plug-in such as the Adobe SVG Viewer."


    You can download a free viewer from Adobe here.
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    Re: Open source clip art

    I've done some experimenting with programs I have access to.

    Ability to view SVG files:
    - Adobe Photoshop Elements - NO
    - Adobe Reader - NO
    - Firefox - YES
    - The GIMP - YES
    - Microsoft Photo Editor - NO
    - Microsoft Paint - NO
    - Paint.net - NO
    - Polyview - NO
    - FastStone Image Viewer - NO
    - Photobie - NO
    - Photofiltre - NO
    - Picassa - NO
    - Inkscape - YES
    - IE6 - Opens as what looks like some sort of XML file

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    Re: Open source clip art

    SVG files are pure XML
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