[ubuntu-art] Icon management (was: introduction)

Thorsten Wilms t_w_ at freenet.de
Mon Sep 1 16:59:23 BST 2008

On Mon, 2008-09-01 at 15:01 +0200, Frank Karlitschek wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to introduce myself. I´m running the openDesktop.org  
> network with for example GNOME-Look.org, Ubuntu-Art.org and Kubuntu- 
> Art.org.

Hi and welcome! Thank you for the work you are already doing, it's so
easy to just take what is there as given without thinking about the
people behind it :)

> If you need for example a place for uploading your artwork or  
> functionality to discuss or vote on something I would be glad to help  
> you.

Well, just today I had to think about how the process of creating and
maintaining icon themes could be improved. I know the following is quite
a big step past upload and voting features, but since you asked ... ;)

= Icon management website =

A central site where registered members can:
- Upload or link sketches and reference material for icons and have
  them associated with said icons
- Upload icon sources as .svg and .xcf. Both 1 icon per file and
  sheets with several sizes in one file should be supported
- View and compare different sets of icons
- Track licensing, contributors and projects using the icons
- Step through revisions
- Manage conflicting edits
- See diffs between svg sources and pixel-edited final images
- Add comments and annotations (= comment with pointer)
- Filter comments and annotations for users and groups
- Manage access rights for users and groups
- See the necessary commands to checkout or update specific icons
  or sets
- Even better: Freely create, checkout and update icon sheets
- Have "screenshots" generated with new icons in place

It doesn't have to be all that at once, every step in this direction
would be nice.

This should obviously be a huge boon for everyone working on icons and
shouldn't be restricted to Ubuntu. Especially with comparing different
icon sets as one of the features.

Thorsten Wilms

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