Enter the Shape Libraries!

October 15, 2014

I was finally able to get a few of the libraries posted today! Peter Vlk is the first artist to have his shapes packaged for SimpleDiagrams v3. Petr, who did a great set of libraries for version 2 of SimpleDiagrams, is working to update all of his "Vector Doodlekit" shapes for use in SimpleDiagrams v3. Today I posted his entertainment and communication libraries.

I also posted a quick free inventory library, for those of you with warehouses to manage.

What's cool about making libraries of SVG shapes for SimpleDiagrams is that, with just a bit of effort in a tool like Adobe Illustrator, you can set up your SVG shapes to respond to the color selector chips in SimpleDiagrams. Petr has done that with his shapes, so when you use them you'll be able to change the stroke and fill colors and textures to your liking.

The process of doing this is pretty straightforward, and is documented in the help docs.

You can also hook up the stroke weight to the strokes in your SVG, but sometimes shapes look better with "strokes" that are really fills. That's the case in Petr's libraries, so those shapes won't respond to the stroke weight control. Other libraries, like the "Inventory" one I just posted, will.

There are a bunch more libraries in the pipeline which I'm hoping to get out in the next week. Please contact me if you have suggestions on what kinds of topics you'd like to see shapes for, or if you're interested offering your libraries (for free or for a price) to the SimpleDiagrams community.