XFIG Users Manual


Xfig was originally written by Supoj Sutanthavibul at the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 for SunView. Later, Ken Yap, at Rochester, New York, did the first port of xfig to X11. In 1989, Brian V. Smith picked it up and added features such as multiple fonts, line thickness, area fill etc. Around 1991, Paul King at the University of Queensland, Austrailia added many features and overhauled the look and feel of xfig for version 2.0, to produce essentially what you see today. In 1992, Brian Boyter added the ability to import EPS files, and later it was expanded to import several other bitmap formats as well. Mr. T. Sato from Japan added the Japanese text support and the spell checker and search/replace feature in 1997. He has added several other features mentioned in the New Features section and fixed several Bugs.

Brian V. Smith is the main contact for xfig and its incorporation of new features written either by himself or others.

There have been dozens of people who have contributed to the success (and code) of xfig, and they are too numerous to mention here. The man pages list some of those people. See below for the major copyrights.

Copyright/Permission Notices

This Documentation

Copyright (c) 1997-2000 by T.Sato and Brian V. Smith

This documentation was first written in Japanese by T.Sato, based on the manual pages distributed with xfig. It was then translated into English with the help of some kind people. Later, it was updated to conform to the latest version by Brian Smith.

Permission to use, copy, and distribute this documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted. Modification of this documentation is also granted as long as this copyright/permission notice remain intact and name of the person who made the modification is explicitly written in the documentation. However, contact with T.Sato and/or Brian V. Smith is strongly recommended if you want to distribute modified version of this documentation.

You may also put these documentation files on your `public' WWW server. In such case, please send its URL to Brian V. Smith or T.Sato so that we can maintain a list of such WWW servers.


About GIF Support

Because Unisys has stated that they WILL charge royalties for the use of the LZW compression algorithm even in FREE programs, I have removed all traces of the GIF LZW compression/decompression code from xfig. Xfig now calls giftopnm and ppmtopcx to import GIF files. Screen capture writes a PCX file. Exporting is handled by calling the ppmtogif program from fig2dev.


Please send any questions, bug fixes, contributions, and any comments to following destinations. When reporting a bug, please first check if the problem is mentioned in the FAQ section of the HTML files (xfig Help menu).

If it is not mentioned there, be sure to report the operating system you are using (e.g. SunOS 4.1.3), type of X server and version (OpenWindows 3, X11R6.4, XFree86 3.2.2, etc) and color depth (e.g. 8bpp, 16bpp), and most importantly the version of xfig or fig2dev that is having the problem.

It is also VERY useful to me if you can provide a stack trace from a debugger such as gdb, dbx, ups, etc.

- About this manual or xfig and TransFig themselves (except Japanese support facility)
--- [email protected] (Brian V. Smith)

- About Japanese support facility
--- [email protected] (T.Sato)

Japanese users can also send questions about xfig or TransFig to [email protected].

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