EVE Web Edition
|EVE Web Edition now free!
I have decided to release the current version of EVE WE for free. Although
I do obtain a small income from regular sales of EVE WE, I decided that
I wish to contribute more to promoting SVG. Hence now there is no charge.
The payment button is still there, in case you are inspired to make a donation
To download EVE WE, go here:
Username: evewe6 Password: wesuperior
Note that only the current version is free and I reserve the right to reintroduce
a fee for a future version. All rights of the free version remain with
me, Barry Kauler.
EVE Web Edition is an enhanced version of EVE, for those who create
web pages. If you've used the free standard EVE, you will know the simple
uncluttered user interface hides a powerful product. Well, EVE has now zoomed
to an even higher echelon of power and convenience.
There is only ONE thing that the Web Edition does more than the standard
EVE: export to SVG (there is also
import SVG, but it is to be treated as pre-alpha at this stage).
SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is the new international open standard for
vector graphics on the Web. Vector graphics has major advantages compared
with GIF and JPG bitmap images, such as small file size and scalability
without any loss of quality.
However, it goes a lot further than that -- a vector image stores each shape
or element as a mathematical formula, so each element can be individually
edited. This means that on a web page, an individual element in a SVG graphic
can animate or be a hot-spot for sound or hyperlink to another web page. In
fact, SVG competes with Macromedia Flash, a proprietary standard.
An SVG file is a text file, just like HTML -- and you web page developers
know the advantage of being able to go down to the HTML code level and tweak
the code if your WYSIWYG HTML editor doesn't do quite the right thing. Note
also that SVG files can be compressed and will have extension .svgz, and can
still be opened directly by an SVG viewer. I've seen examples of graphics in
GIF being say 60K and only 1K in SVG.
- Okay, the important question -- can SVG be viewed in
any Web browser, on any operating system?
Answer -- yes. The free Adobe SVG Viewer is the main choice for Internet
Explorer and Netscape on Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris platforms.
There will soon be native (inbuilt) support for SVG in
Netscape/Mozilla/K-Meleon and Konquer browsers, thus not requiring a
third-party plugin. Corel has a new viewer, not yet as fully-featured as
the Adobe viewer.
- The second most important question -- is SVG a real
standard, that will be adopted everywhere?
Answer -- yes. Go to the proposers of the standard, the World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C), at http://www.w3.org/
(not now, look at my page first!)
- The third most important question -- how can I
create SVG graphic images?
Answer -- There are various editors out there. Two of the main
heavyweight commercial products are Adobe Illustrator 9 and Corel Draw
10. There are some shareware products, such as Mayura Draw. EVE comes in
as the tiniest, simplest and cheapest contender. Note also that MS Office
version 11 will have SVG import and export for Visio.
- This fourth question is also an important issue --
can I insert SVG graphics into ordinary applications?
We're talking about off the web here. Answer -- yes, you can, if the
application supports insertion of "objects". With MS Word, you go to the
menu "Insert/Object.../Create from file..." to insert an SVG graphic into
a document. Adobe SVG Viewer must be installed. Also, an increasing
number of applications will import SVG.
- For the SVG newbies -- how can I most easily learn
about SVG code?
EVE has a feature that makes learning about the code an absolute dream.
In the 100% GUI environment of EVE, you can view SVG code in realtime and
even add your own SVG code directly, simultaneously while working on the
diagram. You can find this described in the online EVE WE User Manual,
section Realtime SVG
code generation and customisation.
The ability to customise the SVG code is also a great boon for skilled
Creating SVG graphics with EVE is so simple. What you see on an EVE
diagram can become an SVG graphic on a Web page. It's that simple, but you
really do need to get the visual impact of actually seeing an EVE-created SVG
graphic. There is one immediately below, but you won't see it until you
download the Adobe SVG Viewer. Go ahead and do it, as it's not just my page
that has SVG graphics on it ...
Click on this button to download the
Note that you may already have it, as Adobe now bundle the SVG Viewer with
their Acrobat PDF Viewer -- which means that the SVG viewer is proliferating
-- I read somewhere it's on 160 million PCs and going rapidly up.
After installation, come back to this page and press the browser's
"refresh" button. Then, boggle your eyes at this...