Shallow Thoughts

Akkana's Musings on Open Source, Science, and Nature.

Mon, 29 Aug 2005

Using GIMP for Paper Prototyping

Sven, one of the GIMP developers, has been interested in setting up a "paper prototyping" system for reorganizing the GIMP's menus (see his blog post.

Since I've been involved with some of the ongoing menu reorganization, we've talked about it a bit, and discussed some tools that are being written to assist with online paper prototyping (since the "get everybody together in a room with slips of paper" model doesn't work for worldwide distributed projects).

But for some reason it never occurred to me until a couple days ago that GIMP itself would make a fine paper prototyping tool. The move tool lets you move the text layers into any configuration you like, you can control colors and fonts, and you can save to your choice of standard formats.

It didn't take long at all to whip up a script-fu to enable paper prototyping, which I posted to the gimp-developer list.

Nobody has actually used my script to comment on the menu reorganization yet ... but what the heck, it was fun to write the script. Maybe it'll be useful in other projects that need paper prototyping.

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