[Activities] ShoeBot (a free software DrawBot implementation) is out! Time to Sugarize some Ruby apps?

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net
Tue Nov 11 05:26:13 EST 2008

On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 7:17 PM, Samuel Klein <sj at laptop.org> wrote:
> Shoebot, a free-software version of the awesome Mac program DrawBot
> (which relies heavily Cocoa), is finished.  Thanks to David Crossland
> who tipped me off to this.
>   http://www.tinkerhouse.net/shoebot/
>   http://tinkerhouse.net/shoebot/Docs/Screenshots
> From its getting started page:
> ========================
> == Shoebot from the console ==
> Shoebot parses scripts written in the Nodebox/Drawbot language and
> creates image output from those instructions. Running Shoebot scripts
> through the console is straightforward:    sbot <yourscript.bot> -o
> <outputfile>
> You can specify the type of image through the output file extension:
>    * .svg (Scalable Vector Graphics)
>    * .ps (PostScript)
>    * .pdf (Portable Document Format)
>    * .png (Portable Network Graphics)
> Shoebot will automagically generate the appropriate output from the
> extension you specify.
> For instance, to output the primitives.bot example to an SVG file, type:
>   sbot /usr/share/shoebot/examples/primitives.bot -o test.svg
> This is Shoebot's 'oneshot mode'. However, see also:
>    * WindowedMode
>    * Shoebot IDE
>    * Socketserver - control your scripts from external sources
>    * Python Module - run Shoebot from inside your Python scripts
> ========================
> It's written in Ruby, and shouldn't be so hard to sugarize... are
> there any other fine Ruby programs that have jumped the XO?
> A ruby emulator bundled with Hackety Hack lessons also seems like an
> excellent idea.

Actually, ShoeBot is written in python, so it's the easiest path we
have to sugarize apps.

Haven't heard yet about ruby activities, but I think it should be easy
using ruby-gnome and ruby-dbus.



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