Wow, I've given KIllustrator a cursory glance: colour me impressed!
I got the latest version of KIllustrator and compiled it without any
KOffice support (since I don't have KOffice libs and my KDE libs were
compiled without --enable-new-stuff). It sure took a long time to
compile but it was worth it (they now have packages, dammit).
KIllustrator lets me draw shapes and curves, move them, rotate/shear
them (nifty! click in the selected shape to get the rotation/shear
arrows), insert and manipulate pictures (GIFs), cut and paste them,
and much more... I sure wish I had had this to show my Dad the last
time I was in Mauritius... (I think we settled on Microsoft
KIllustrator isn't even all that bloated, like I expected. It took a
few seconds to launch on my fully bogged system and is responsive.
Interesting trivia, I copied an inserted GIF to the clipboard then
tried to paste it into XEmacs, the results;
<doc mime="application/x-killustrator" >
<pixmap matrix="1 0 0 0 1 0 23 90 1" strokecolor="0 0 0" strokestyle="1" linewidth="1" fillstyle="0" src="file:/home/navindra/pics/misc/f-you.gif" width="575" height="80" />
Not bad... (the f-you.gif is from the see-figure-1 gag)
"These download files are in Microsoft Word 6.0 format. After unzipping,
these files can be viewed in any text editor, including all versions of
Microsoft Word, WordPad, and Microsoft Word Viewer." [Microsoft website]
< http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~navindra/editors/ >