Xfig was originally written by Supoj Sutanthavibul at the
University of Texas at Austin in 1985 for SunView.
Later, Ken Yap, at Rochester, New York, did the first port of xfig to X11.
In 1989, Brian V. Smith picked it up and added features such as multiple
fonts, line thickness, area fill etc. Around 1991, Paul King
at the University of Queensland, Austrailia added many features and
overhauled the look
and feel of xfig for version 2.0, to produce essentially what you see today.
In 1992, Brian Boyter added the ability to import EPS files, and later it
was expanded to import several other bitmap formats as well.
Mr. T. Sato from Japan added the
Japanese text support
and the spell checker and search/replace feature in 1997. He has added several
other features mentioned in the
New Features section
and fixed several
Brian V. Smith
is the main contact for xfig and its incorporation of new
features written either by himself or others.
There have been dozens of people who have contributed to the success
(and code) of xfig,
and they are too numerous to mention here. The man pages list some of those
people. See below for the major copyrights.
Copyright (c) 1999 by T.Sato
and Brian V. Smith
This documentation was first written in
by T.Sato, based on
the manual pages distributed with xfig. It was then translated into
English with the help of some kind people.
Later, it was updated to conform to the latest version by Brian Smith.
Permission to use, copy, and distribute this documentation for any purpose
and without fee is hereby granted.
Modification of this documentation is also granted as long as
this copyright/permission notice remain intact and name of the person
who made the modification is explicitly written in the documentation.
However, contact with T.Sato and/or Brian V. Smith is strongly recommended
if you want to distribute modified version of this documentation.
You may also put these documentation files on your `public' WWW server.
In such case, please send its URL to
Brian V. Smith or
so that we can maintain a list of such WWW servers.
Because Unisys has stated that they WILL charge royalties for the
use of the LZW compression algorithm even in FREE programs, I have
removed all traces of the GIF LZW compression/decompression code from
xfig. Xfig now calls giftopnm and ppmtopcx to import GIF files.
Screen capture writes a PCX file.
Exporting is handled by calling the ppmtogif program from fig2dev.
Please send any questions, bug fixes, contributions, and any comments to
When reporting a bug, please first check if the problem is mentioned in
the FAQ section of the HTML files (xfig Help menu).
- Original Copyright (c) 1985 by
Parts Copyright (c) 1989-1999 by
Brian V. Smith
Parts Copyright (c) 1991 by
Other Copyrights may be found in various files
Main Xfig copyright notice:
Any party obtaining a copy of these files is granted, free of charge, a
full and unrestricted irrevocable, world-wide, paid up, royalty-free, nonexclusive
right and license to deal in this software and documentation files (the
"Software"), including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify,
merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software,
and to permit persons who receive copies from any such party to do so,
with the only requirement being that this copyright notice remain intact.
No representations are made about the suitability of this software for any
purpose. It is provided ``as is'' without express or implied warranty.
- Parts Copyright (C) 1993 by Alan Richardson (email@example.com)
The text rotation code in w_rottext.c was written by Alan Richardson. The above
copyright notice holds for this work as well.
- Parts Copyright (c) 1994 by Anthony Dekker
The Kohonen neural network
code for color optimization was written by Anthony Dekker.
- Parts Copyright (c) 1995 by C. Blanc and C. Schlick
The X-Spline code was written
Carole Blanc (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Christophe Schlick (email@example.com) starting from an initial
implementation done by C. Feuille, S. Grosbois, L. Maziere and L. Minihot as
a student practice (Universite Bordeaux, France).
For additional information about X-splines, see:
``X-Splines: A Spline Model Designed for the End User''
by C. Blanc and C. Schlick, Proceedings of SIGGRAPH'95
If it is not mentioned there, be sure to report the operating system you
are using (e.g. SunOS 4.1.3), type of X server and version (OpenWindows 3, X11R6.4,
XFree86 3.2.2, etc) and color depth (e.g. 8bpp, 16bpp), and most
importantly the version of xfig or fig2dev that is having the problem.
It is also VERY useful to me if you can provide a stack trace from a debugger
such as gdb, dbx, ups, etc.
About this manual or
xfig and TransFig themselves (except Japanese support facility)
(Brian V. Smith)
About Japanese support facility
Japanese users can also send questions about xfig or TransFig
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