John Califf wrote in to tell us that, "Krayon (also known as Kimageshop) is alive and well and under active development now." Read below about the status of this important KOffice component. Has anyone used it lately? What features are most important to add/get working before Krayon is distributed with KOffice?
Krayon is a component of KOffice for editing bitmapped graphics, with the goal of being KDE's equivalent of the Gimp. Due to other commitments by the original developers, Krayon has stagnated for almost a year, but I have now taken over its active development.
The latest cvs version, avaliable in the KOffice cvs, is quite stable and somewhat usable. You can load and save in the native .kis format, do some simple editing with the brush tool,\ and import from or export to any of the standard image formats supported by Qt. Some of the other tools also work - zoom, moving layers and other layer operations, but most tools are still incomplete. You can edit any number of images at one time using the tabbed interface, without having to make a mess all over your desktop with numerous windows and dialogs and menus.
I'm uncertain of when Krayon will be ready for release with the rest of KOffice. It's mainly a matter of deciding how complete it needs to be in terms of features for inclusion. With this kind of app there is no end to features that can be added. It already has an interface for tools and plugins that can be reused as new tools and plugins are developed. My estimate is that Krayon will be "stable" and "complete" enough by early next year.
It's well worth your trouble to compile this app and play around with it now. I hope that within a month or two more tools will be usable. Of course all these tools are custom made and can't use Qt painter routines - it's similar to Gimp in that way vis-a-vis Gtk. The user inferface is quite nice.
Krayon desparately needs a documentation writer. No translations yet, just the basic docbook stuff. I've received some unexpected but very welcome help from another KOffice developer with patches to code and expect help from others also. If you have some time to work with Krayon and document its capabilities, please contact me or the KImageshp mailing list.
That list has been reactivated and all development patches should be posted there for comment. Discussions should also take place there. Previously I'd been using the KOffice lists.
More information about Krayon and other KDE graphics apps is available on my web site.
You'll find some screenshots of several KDE graphics apps (including Krayon) and general non-technical descriptions. Quite an attractive site, oriented towards non-techies. Please visit.