We don't have a cutlist program. My shop is all but closed for the winter,
and I'm just not finding a lot of things to do on the Rosegarden project
anymore, owing to the rather meager skillset I can bring to the table, and
the rather involved nature of the outstanding bugs.
I'm looking for something to distract me until spring, and a recent thread
about using a cutlist program got me to thinking...
So let's think about this... I'm not terribly gifted, but QT/KDE isn't
rocket science. I could probably knock out a basic framework in a couple
of months. Especially if I use QT Designer to prototype and machine code
the GUI elements. I usually don't, but I've been thinking how much easier
it would be if I did. (Three weeks for one fscking dialog box. Gack! I'm
not eager to do that again!)
I'm a mathematical retard (seriously, a total brain damaged how did he get a
college degree retard), and I haven't done any sort of graphic work
(drawing lines, boxes, that sort of hands on, computer-calculated vector
thing) since Turbo Basic. I can knock out a GUI framework for the thing,
but I will need real help with the math and graphics to make the thing
perform a useful function. I'm very weak on OOP design too. Getting
better, but I still have a fundamentally procedural mindset to trip over.
It would help if I knew what a cutlist program is supposed to look like too.
I don't own any copies of Windows, so even if there's a free one or a demo
out there, it doesn't do me much good. (I got rid of Wine a long time ago,
and am not particularly interested in fooling with it. It never worked
worth a damn anyway.)
So, we all know there are about a half million projects out there just
languishing in vapor land, with bold promises of features to come last
updated in 1999. The chances of our getting this off the ground and
turning out something useful are very slim. But it *could*
If we have a user base for this, it will likely be centered right here on
the Wreck. Woodworking Linux users are a pretty specialized subset of both
the woodworking and computer using breeds. If there's any interest to be
drummed up, much of it will likely be right here.
So how about it? If this sounds like something you want to have, speak up.
If you want to hack on it too, speak up loudly. If you're a Linux hacking
god and my meager skills would just stand in your way, then speak up very
loudly. I'm much better at testing/debugging and writing docs than I am at
coding. I only open a source file out of necessity, because no one else is
getting around to whatever needs doing fast enough to suit me, and about
half the time I don't get it fixed before someone with real skill gets a
chance to take a crack at it.
(If you think "hacker" means someone who breaks into computer systems
illegally, you probably have no idea what the hell I was just talking about
anyway. Fear not, gentle Wrecker, there is no evil conspiracy afoot here.
We're talking about creating a cutlist program to run on our operating
system. Nothing more insidious than that, I assure you.)
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
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