Posted by wiverson
on February 4, 2004 at 12:46 PM PST
What ever happened to scalable vector graphics (aka SVG)? Where are the tools and the commercial support? (Bonus: a link to a reasonable free, open source Java UML tool).
So, I started playing around with a tool called Fujaba (a reasonable free Java/UML modeling tool). I needed something that would export UML class diagrams as vector graphics, and Fujaba seems to work fine (hint: increase the memory allocation from 128MB to something more reasonable, like 512MB).
Unfortunately, the only vector format that Fujaba supports is SVG. I'd like to have an EPS instead, as that's the preferred format for print. Unfortunately, as near as I can tell, there is no support for converting SVG to EPS. I can use Batik to convert to a raster format (such as TIFF), but obviously that's a lot less efficient.
I did a bunch of Googling. Lots of hits for announcements of SVG support from a variety of vendors, but a lot leaner when it comes to actual products and projects (commercial and open source). I found some stuff that indicated some folks were pushing SVG as a Flash replacement. The support I did find, however, was mostly in the SVG as EPS or static vector alternative. The final kicker - I could find plugins that supported SVG, but none of them worked as an inline object.
So... wither SVG? Are people still building and investing in it?