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    Arrow Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    This post is deprecated as sk1 now has an official ubuntu installer:
    http://sk1project.org/modules.php?na...ts&product=sk1

    So this is for archival purposes only:
    Igor, the icon king of Phatch, asked me if I could get sk1 to work on Ubuntu Gutsy. After playing around I found a way. Try this on your own risk.

    I never heard about sk1 and looked it up on the website:
    http://sk1project.org/

    Why sk1project?

    We think that sK1 is a powerful illustration program for the Linux platform that can substitute professional proprietary software like CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator and we hope the program and its derivatives will be helpful for you.

    About sK1 vector graphics editor

    sK1 is an open source vector graphics editor similar to CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand.
    First of all sK1 is oriented for PostScript processing.
    The major sK1 features:

    * CMYK colorspace support
    * CMYK support in Postscript
    * Cairo-based engine
    * Color managment
    * Universal CDR importer (7-X3 versions)
    * Modern Ttk based (former Tile widgets) user interface

    It looks quite impressive and in five steps you can have it up and running on your Ubuntu Gutsy. It is a KDE application.

    Read the instructions on my blog: http://pythonide.blogspot.com/2008/0...ternative.html

    This is a screenshot, turned into perspective with Phatch:

    Last edited by stani; February 9th, 2008 at 01:50 PM.

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    Hahahahah! I just planned to spread a word on forum. You were a step in from of me.

    Author of application said sK1 can't be installed on Ubuntu. It's not true if you are Stani !

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    Author of sK1 just let me know that he set sK1 deb installer

    http://sk1project.org/downloads/sk1/...ntu10_i386.deb

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    I've installed it, and it doesn't work.

    Code:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sk1/__init__.py", line 44, in <module>
        import sys, app
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sk1/app/__init__.py", line 11, in <module>
        from app.utils import output
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sk1/app/__init__.py", line 62, in <module>
        from managers.colormanager import ColorManager
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sk1/app/managers/colormanager.py", line 8, in <module>
        from lcms.lcms import cmsOpenProfileFromFile,cmsCreateTransform,cmsDoTransform, \
    ImportError: No module named lcms.lcms
    I won't be making a big effort to get it to work, as Inkscape and OpenOffice.org Draw (plus Adobe Illustrator on XP, very occasionally) already cover my needs
    Last edited by ChameleonDave; February 9th, 2008 at 08:50 AM. Reason: A bit more info

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    Any reason to use this over Inkscape? I'm not a graphic designer, so forgive me if I'm missing something. I also like Xara, but it is very unstable on my machine. So what makes sK1 special?
    I'm not sure what to put here, so I'll just stop now while I'm ahead.

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    Quote Originally Posted by ChameleonDave View Post
    I've installed it, and it doesn't work.

    Code:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sk1/__init__.py", line 44, in <module>
        import sys, app
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sk1/app/__init__.py", line 11, in <module>
        from app.utils import output
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sk1/app/__init__.py", line 62, in <module>
        from managers.colormanager import ColorManager
      File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/sk1/app/managers/colormanager.py", line 8, in <module>
        from lcms.lcms import cmsOpenProfileFromFile,cmsCreateTransform,cmsDoTransform, \
    ImportError: No module named lcms.lcms
    I won't be making a big effort to get it to work, as Inkscape and OpenOffice.org Draw (plus Adobe Illustrator on XP, very occasionally) already cover my needs
    How did you install it from my blog or the author site?

    It looks like you didn't install:
    sudo apt-get install liblcms-utils python-liblcms

    Anyway as sk1 now provides official packages, this howto should not be followed anymore.

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    Quote Originally Posted by tbranham View Post
    Any reason to use this over Inkscape? I'm not a graphic designer, so forgive me if I'm missing something. I also like Xara, but it is very unstable on my machine. So what makes sK1 special?
    I have no idea. digitalis_vulgaris put me the challenge if I could install this on Ubuntu. Maybe he knows what is better about it than inkscape.

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    This application is effort in right direction and it should bring on Ubuntu quality prepress tool in the future. The most common files from commercial software (ai, eps, crd) should be opened and edited with this application. Inkscape is made to be a tool for SVG files, but sK1 is made to be alternative for Illustrator, inDesign, Corel and Freehand.
    Still need work on it but we all hopping the best...

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    Tried it in Hardy and it's unstable(possibility because it's built for Gusty), I'd like to see how it's performance is for blur or a complex image with blur.

    Illustrator is just not easy to use, personally I find Inkscapes UI top notch and very easy to use.

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    Re: Howto install sK1, a powerful alternative for Illustrator and CorelDraw

    Quote Originally Posted by stani View Post
    How did you install it from my blog or the author site?

    It looks like you didn't install:
    sudo apt-get install liblcms-utils python-liblcms

    Anyway as sk1 now provides official packages, this howto should not be followed anymore.
    I installed it using the DEB at http://sk1project.org/modules.php?na...ts&product=sk1

    All dependencies were satisfied. If it has more dependencies than those declared in the DEB, then the DEB was incorrectly packaged.

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