[Ipe-discuss] Ipe 7.0.10 on OS X 10.6.3

Stefan stefan at yellowhead.nl
Mon Apr 12 03:24:38 CEST 2010


I recently switched to a Mac, and wanted to take my favourite drawing program along. It was not an easy ride, but I got there. I basically followed the instructions from install.txt (getting freetype, cairo, and lua from macports, and installing the 64-bit Qt library). Make failed because of the -soname option not being recognized, but the suggestion in a previous message here, to modify common.mak such that it states

  soname         = 

works. Apart from the IPEPREFIX variable and the soname line, I did not have to modify anything. 

After running the program I noticed two things:
1) No support for IPE 6 files?! This is outrageous. The conversion code is there (ipeextract and ipe6upgrade). Why is there not, at the very least, an "Import" menu item for this? I don't want to go into a terminal every time I need to access one of my old files!
2) The multitouch trackpad, at first sight, is pretty hopeless. Ctrl-click, on a Mac, is used to emulate a right-click. Swiping with two fingers results in a zoom, rather than the scroll that other applications give.

I don't have a regular mouse here, but do have one in the office. I hope that gives better results...



P.S. I have no idea what it takes to distribute a binary version for the Mac. Without that, I can not recommend this program to many of my colleagues.

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