XFIG Users Manual

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Xfig was originally written by Supoj Sutanthavibul at the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 for SunView. Later, Ken Yap, at Rochester, did the first port of xfig to X11. At some point 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. T. Sato added the Japanese text support for xfig in 1997.

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) 1998 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 xfig 3.2 patchlevel 1 by Brian Smith.

Permission to use, copy, and distribute this documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted. However, you may not modify any part of this documentation without explicit permission of T.Sato or Brian V. Smith.

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 hold the list of such WWW servers.


About GIF Support

Because Unisys has stated that they will not charge royalties for the use of the LZW compression algorithm in FREE programs, xfig will continue to support importing and exporting of GIF images. However, be aware that if you sell xfig, for example as part of a CD-ROM package with freeware, you may be liable for paying royalties to Unisys. It is recommended that you comment out the "#define USEGIF" line in the Imakefile before compiling and selling xfig.

*** The authors of xfig and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory cannot be held responsible in any case. ***


Please send any questions, bug fixes, contributions, and any comments to following destinations.

About this manual or xfig and TransFig themselves (except Japanese support facility)
--- xfig-bugs@epb1.lbl.gov (Brian V. Smith)

About Japanese support facility
--- VEF00200@niftyserve.or.jp (T.Sato)

Japanese users can also send questions about xfig or TransFig to VEF00200@niftyserve.or.jp.

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