February 6th, 2009
I meant to post this yesterday, but ran out of time.
Flex SVG Explorer Preview
Here is a preview of Flex SVG Explorer I started the other day:
I’ve decided to start this personal Flex project to explore available SVG import/export options and related APIs in Flex.
The idea came to me after checking out some SVG designer tools like InkSpace, Amaya, and Sketsa and finding out that people still think SVG can’t be loaded into a Flex app and made interactive since the stock SWFLoader does not support SVG animation, scripting, or interactivity with the imported SVG image graphics.
Current and Planned Flex SVG Explorer Features
The current version doesn’t not have much to offer yet, but that depends on what you expect to see from one day of work.
I’ve layed out the main canvas with a zoom slider, added SVG text display, and created a toolbox section with SVG document tree and tabs for future property display and editing options. All in one day of work. There is no SVG file upload or url box yet, but you can preview sample graphics by selecting them from the combo box in the Toolbox.
Eventually, I’d like to fill the Toolbox with some SVG document display options, like referenced images, links, SVG element usage statistics, styles and attributes editor grids, but you should see the general direction there already. I am also planning to add SVG markup code highlighting.
Currently, I am working on getting shape selections done. Once that is in a lot of editing and painting options will be available to create new SVG graphics or edit existing ones.
Flex SVG Explorer UI Theme
Sample SVG Graphics
The sample SVG graphics are from openclipart.com.
SVG Loading API
SVG Viewer API from com.zavoo.labs just got moved to Google code in December. This library is a jewel find that fills the existing gap of loading SVG graphics in Flex and interacting with the loaded graphics elements. Until the rumored SVG to Degrafa Converter tool and hopefully some converter API comes out, I don’t think there is a better choice for loading SVG graphics in Flex, if you are looking to do more than just display a static image.
Jamming SVG with Flex?
Now, I’d love to sign up for a conference to do a session on “Jamming SVG with Flex” and present some of my experiments with Degrafa, SVG Viewer API, SVG-based painting in Flex, along with practical data visualization components using Blank SVG maps of the world and Away3D to push an envelope on SVG usage in Flex and truly scalable GeoWeb.
My preference would be FITC conference in Chicago, but I am open to other conference suggestions and locations, if they cover the travel and stay cost.