In about a month and a half I’m going to be presenting a poster at the DCL/DE workshop in Oregon. Since I don’t currently have a copy of Illustrator, I’m trying to decide what to use instead. I downloaded Inkscape onto my imac, and started playing around. The first thing I did was try to make a small annotated sketch. It was all going fairly smoothly until I tried to add in symbols… and then I remembered how I ran into this problem last time I played with Inkscape. So it was pretty much the same thing.
Here’s what I did:
1. Install Inkscape from their website: inkscape.org. This part was straightforward.
2. Download Textext, unzip the folder. It’s found here: http://pav.iki.fi/software/textext/
3. Copy the files
textext.inx to the inkscape extensions folder:
cp *text* ~/.config/inkscape/extensions/
4. Then get Pstoedit:
fink install pstoedit
5. In Inkscape, go to Extensions -> Render -> Textext, and fill the Tex code into the GUI that pops up.
There is an error message that comes up saying:
textext.py:55: DeprecationWarning: the md5 module is deprecated; use hashlib instead
import os, sys, tempfile, traceback, glob, re, md5, copy
I recall getting a message something like this last time I installed Textext. It is annoying, but doesn’t seem to be a huge problem, and the extension still works.