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MoVE A Standalone Modelica Vector Graphics Editor

Nicola Justus
KITE, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Giessen, Germany

Christopher Schölzel
KITE, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Giessen, Germany

Andreas Dominik
KITE, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Giessen, Germany

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Published in: Proceedings of the 12th International Modelica Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 15-17, 2017

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 132:88, p. 809-814

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Published: 2017-07-04

ISBN: 978-91-7685-575-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


Modelica models can have a graphical icon defined as a bitmap or vector graphics. Vector graphics have several benefits, the most obvious being free scaling of images from icon to poster size. With OpenModelica there already exists one open source tool that can be used for editing these vector graphics icon annotations, but it does not reach the usability comfort of professional vector graphics editing tools.

In this paper we present the Modelica Vector Graphics Editor (MoVE), a standalone open source editor for Modelica’s vector graphics syntax that provides many convenience features inspired by the vector graphics editor Inkscape. These features include grouping, snap to grid, move to foreground/background, rotation handles, and drawing perfect circles and squares as well as horizontal and vertical lines when holding Shift.

We hope that MoVE, as a part of the Modelica Tool Ensemble (MoTE), can enrich the open source ecosystem of Modelica by simplifying the creation of more elaborate vector graphics icons for Modelica models.


JavaFX, vector graphics, open source, SVG, Inkscape, MVC, MoTE, OpenModelica


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