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Slim open source desktop publishing
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Update on my symmetric tiling clone tool.. Unfortunately, I'm not going to the Libre Graphics Meeting this year, but in sympathy, I'm trying to do my own Laidout code sprint. 

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Another Libre Graphics Meeting come and gone. Thanks a lot to everyone who came to the Laidout Engraving workshop, and exposed so many bugs! I think I've fixed and committed most of them. LGM is always a fantastic event to see the variety of approaches and techniques people use to make art with open source software. Now back to the keyboard to smooth out all the new features in Laidout!
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Laidout 0.096 is now released! Get it while it's hot!

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Playing around with color fonts in Laidout...

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I'm taking a break from working on the Engraving tool to finish conversion to rendering with cairo, which makes possible not only better rendering of paths and meshes, but also a text tool! Here's a very basic text tool experiment, to get my feet wet with the myriad coding issues involved in text layout and fonts.

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Some of the nuttier effects possible with new things in the engraver tool! In this case, a circular mesh, with randomized points on the linear line type, and an eye shaped line profile applied to each line.
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Further tinkering with new engraver tool things, with some teaser widgets of features to come..

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Engraver lines can now have sized automatic randomness, via OpenSimplex noise! This is one result from working on the "Direction" section of the engraver panel. A lot more to come from that eventually. Also fresh off the keyboard is a new resource backend, to make it a lot easier to share some settings between objects, particularly sharing dash or trace settings between different engraver objects. Video tutorial coming to demonstrate these new things hopefully this next weekend!
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Laidout version 0.095a released! This is a semi-stable release, mainly so that I could have something easier to install than svn/git pulls while at the Libre Graphics Meeting (http://libregraphicsmeeting.org) next week!  Come see my talk about lines on May 1, 5:20 pm, and also lots of other talks and related events at the meeting!

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An article in Linux Magazine about Laidout!
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