Re: Wired's Pattern Club!
I don't think I'll ever attempt making gloves unless I have a large glut of free time 'on my hands'. I'm loving the 'Black Satin' brand disposables since I discovered them.
I suppose it doesn't help to reiterate my opinions, but I firmly believe SVG should be the standard. It's specifically designed to allow the reproduction of line drawings in their exact measurements.
This is ambiguous... in saying "by everyone" you mean without downloading additional software...printing from internet explorer or whatnot....I believe this creates more problems than it solves. The problem with jpg/gif/bmp/picture formats is there is no reference to the scale of the image...you would spend way too much time and paper figuring out how big to print the thing. You're right that pixelation and quality aren't big issues, but getting the image into the real world is....there will need to be a specialized program.
1) Viewable / printable by everyone
Ahem, Inkscape.....free...available...cross-platofrm..even has linux versions. As the SVG standard grows many more programs will come to support it. They are also developing a SVGPrint standard that may rival PostScript....meaning automatic printing of a design that spans many pages will eventually be available.
Creatable using free or universally available software - available on PC and MAC
Warwick's idea of a custom made program and format in java may also work, but it's got a ways to go...all the software development - the editor, the printing, the saved designs - it's a lot of effort.
Any other suggestions? Jin, when you take apart your clothes for patterns, please give inkscape a shot for putting them on the computer....perhaps that will be the next nerdy tutorial I work on....helpful?
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