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README for DIME =============== DIME is a DXF (Data eXchange Format) file format support library. This file contains general information about the library. For compilation and installation information, refer to the file named INSTALL. For copyright information, refer to the file named COPYING. Changes in the library since the first public release (v0.9) are described in the file named ChangeLog. 0. CONTENTS =========== 1. FUNCTIONALITY 2. TECHNICAL SUPPORT 3. LICENSE INFORMATION 1. FUNCTIONALITY ================ DIME is a C++ class library for reading, constructing, manipulating, and writing DXF file data. The name is an acronym for DXF Import, Manipulation, and Export library. The focus of the library is primarily on loading DXF files and building a data structure containing the DXF data, and on saving such data structures as a file conforming to the DXF file format. The intended purpose for DIME was on importing and exporting DXF files. For this kind of usage, special memory management techniques can be used to boost the performance significantly. Aside from loading and saving the data structure, functionality is also provided for traversing the data structure while performing various tasks, and also some special functionality for extracting geometry from the DXF data structure. A sample program is included in the directory dxf2vrml/ which will convert a DXF file (only the polygon data) to a VRML file. 2. TECHNICAL SUPPORT ==================== Systems In Motion (SIM) has no obligation to provide technical support for the GPL licensed version of DIME. If resources permit, however, SIM will of course try to be as helpful as possible. SIM has set up two mailing lists for DIME support. dime-announce This mailing list is for announcements regarding DIME. New releases, new functionality, license information, this kind of stuff. This list is moderated (read-only). dime-discuss This mailing list is for discussing DIME. Technical support can be provided through this discussion forum. Followups to announcements in dime-announce should also be directed to this list. This list is open for posting for all subscribers. To subscribe to either of the two lists, send an email to SIM's mailing list manager at <email@example.com> with a subject line with the format "subscribe <listname>". To unsubscribe, use a subject line with the format "unsubscribe <listname>". Do not include brackets around the mailing list name. For general information about SIM's mailing list manager, use "help" as the subject line. 3. LICENSE INFORMATION ====================== DIME is released publicly under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (see the file named COPYING). If you need DIME for commercial use, you can read about acquiring a commercial licensed version of DIME at SIM's DIME web page at http://www.sim.no/dime/, or you can contact SIM's sales department directly at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.