In a previous blog posting, Venn Diagrams in Project Draw, I noted how I started with an image, wished I had the ability to change it, and settled on using a diagram instead.
With the latest release of Project Draw, I can now ask the server to generate an image for any one of my diagrams. I can use images where that format is appropriate, such as display in a blog article, but also have the flexibility of being able to update when I need to make changes.
In the original blog posting, I started with an image:
Now based on the image link feature of Project Draw 0.7.3, I can end up with an image:
To make the image not have a lot of white space, I did trim the page size in my diagram to be just larger than the objects I placed on the canvas. Prior to the image link functionality, I would always let the page size default to a large size. The image above is made possible by an image link that looks like:
<IMG src='http://draw.labs.autodesk.com/ADDraw/FileAndLogoProcessor?REQUEST_TYPE=LOAD_IMAGE&_a=Z%2F7%2BaKRcKCfkMSsZNMdm3w%3D%3D&_o=j5N4uFXGnIXLcCmY%2FLLzIw%3D%3D&_t=1208014957579' width="430" border='0'>
Though it looks complicated, Project Draw generates this link for me by clicking on the icon associated with my saved diagram. I then copy and paste the link into my HTML page (such as this blog posting). It's that simple.
If I ever want to edit my diagram, I can still use:
After I make the changes to my diagram, the next time I view the HTML page with the link to my diagram, the image has been automatically updated to reflect the changes to my diagram.
I have the best of both worlds: Images where a simple picture will do. Diagrams where I need to easily make changes.