Episode 096 – Axonometric Grids
by Richard Querin
In this episode, I demonstrate how to use Inkscape’s Axonometric Grid feature to create some simple isometric illustrations.
Note: Tom pointed out in the comments that I didn’t really explain how to get a rectangle (or text etc) onto that isometric plane. I used a simple technique for the text in the intro to this episode which I didn’t explain in the video. It’s quite useful when you’re creating diagrams. So I’ve decided to point to a PDF file I’ve created explaining this technique. It’s actually very easy. Thanks Tom. Here’s the tutorial pdf file.
While most of you won’t notice much difference in the video (hopefully), apart from some final transcoding to ogv and flv formats, I put this one together using Blender. So you might notice a short fade out to black at the end and a short cross fade between the sped-up intro and the main screencast. I’m really a big fan of editing video in Blender and it was nice to see that I could do the video editing with it. As my skills improve hopefully the end results will get better.
Also arguably noteworthy is the fact that I used my Snowflake mic to record the audio on this one. It’s still far from perfect (it sounds a little overmodulated to me at times), but I think it’s better than the noisy hum-ridden Logitech headset that I’ve been using. I’m definitely going to tweak the positioning of it.
If anybody’s interested in attending the Ohio Linux Fest on September 25,26 in Columbus, both Heathenx and I will be there. Drop us a note in the comments if you’ll be attending and maybe we can meet up.
**** Note: I think there is something wrong with the streaming OGV file. The flash version plays fine (in non Firefox3.5 browsers) but when viewing the streaming ogv file in FF3.5 it seems to stop right after the inital 12 sec intro. At least on my machine. I’d really like others to fill me in on whether or not the streaming ogv file played correctly in their FF3.5 browsers for them.
**** Update: I’ve temporarily made the streaming version Flash for everybody so it should stream fine now. We’ll switch it back once we get it fixed.
**** Update 2: Heathenx has saved the day and corrected the problem. It’s now ogv and working fine.