Fwd: rejecting ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 18:54:26 BST 2009

On Wed, 2009-08-05 at 17:02 +0100, Evan Dandrea wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM, Evan Dandrea<evand at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > I've come up with the following so far, which avoids the need for any
> > additional javascript by using webkit-only css properties.
> > Unfortunately, I cannot find a property that will let me blur the
> > shadow image.
> I forgot to note that I did this with the original svg files in the
> icons directory and modified the slides to use them instead of the
> pngs.

I'm glad that you like the new look! I like it, too :)

Having given up on ImageMagick, I've begun to subject myself to GIMP's
"Script-Fu" Scheme scripts instead. Got a reasonable reflect / blur
script thrown together. This way, SVGs can be shipped with the source
and built into PNGs automatically, at some point, using GIMP in batch
mode (with fancy reflections and blur effects). Easier for everyone,
especially if icon authors do their SVG metadata!

If I recall correctly, SVG /does/ support some kind of blur, so that
should be achievable as well, albeit a tad resource-heavy. Another
awesome benefit of using SVG in the final product is that it's then
fully scalable. I had tried doing it a while ago but bumped into a
tricky spot because the size of the SVG image on the web page is
dictated by width / height values within the SVG file. Maybe there is a
Javascript thing to override that behaviour.

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