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FDESIGN(1L)			 Forms Library			   FDESIGN(1L)

       fdesign -  Forms	Library	User Interface Designer

       fdesign [-xformoptions] [-options] [files]

       fdesign	is  a  GUI builder that	helps in the construction of graphical
       user interface in a WYSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") way	by al-
       lowing  the  user  to directly manipulate various objects, such as but-
       tons, sliders and menus etc.  Once a satisfactory  UI  is  constructed,
       the  user can save the composed interface into a	set of external	files.
       Files with the extension	'.fd' contain all information  about  the  ob-
       jects  and  can be read in again	by fdesign.  The files with C code and
       header files when compiled and linked against the Forms Library,	gener-
       ate  code  that	at run-time constructs the exact same interface	as the
       ones seen within	fdesign.

       A variety of output languages is	possible via external filters.	As  of
       this  writing,  C,  perl, ada95,	Fortran, pascal, and PostScript	output
       filters are known to exist.

       fdesign accepts all standard Forms Library command line options as well
       as the following:

       -help Prints  a	brief summary of all command line options. This	option
	     does not require a	connection to the X server.

	     Prints the	current	version	of fdesign and exits.

       -geometry geom
	     Specifies the prefered size and location of main working area  in
	     which the UI is to	be constructed.

       -convert	fdfile-list
	     This option prevents fdesign from attempting to make a connection
	     to	the X server. The file list following this flag	 is  converted
	     to	C code directly.

       -dir destdir
	     output any	converted files	in destdir.

       -unit pixel|point|mm|cp|cmm
	     selects  the unit of measure for object geometries. For non-pixel
	     unit, the interface created is screen resolution independent  and
	     may  be  desirable	 for  many applications. Note that for typical
	     screens, point (about 1/72	inch) and mm may  be  too  coarse  and
	     subject  to  round-off  errors.  Use  cp (centi-point, 100th of a
	     point) and	cmm (centi-mm) instead.

	     selects an	alternative format for	the  generated	C  code	 where
	     global variables are used for the UI components.

       -main requests the output of main program template.

	     requests the output of callback function template.

	     requests the emission of font/server resolution variation compen-
	     sation code.

       -I headerfile
	     uses an alternative header	file instead of	the default forms.h in
	     the output	C code.

       -lax  requests relaxed C	syntax checking.

       -ps   This option specifies that	instead	of emitting the	c code for the
	     user interface, PostScript	code should be emitted.

       -ada  This option requests ada95	code output

       -perl This option requests perl code output.

	     This option requests Fortran code output.

	     This option requests pascal code output.

	     suppresses	the output of UI code. Only the	.fd file is written.

       The most	useful Forms Library command line options are

       -display	host:dpy
	      This option specifies the	X server to connect.

	      This option prints the version string of the Forms Library, with
	      which fdesign was	build.

       -name appname
	      This option specifies the	application name under which resources
	      are to be	obtained, instead of  the  executable  name.   appname
	      should not contain . or *.  fdesign.

       The  program  understands all of	the Forms Library's resource names and
       classes as well as the following

       control.geometry	(class Control.Geometry)
	       specifies the geometry of the control panel. Currently the size
	       is ignored.

       unit (Unit)
	       specifies the default unit of measure. Default is pixel.

       attributes.geometry (class Attributes.Geometry)
	       specifies  the  geometry	 of the	object attributes panel.  Cur-
	       rently the size is ignored.

       align.geometry (class Align.Geometry)
	       specifies the geometry of the object  align  panel.   Currently
	       the size	is ignored.

       xformsHeader (class XFormsHeader)
	       specifies  the  header filename generated in the	output C code.
	       Default is forms.h

       filter (class Filter)
	       specifies post-processing filter	(an external executable	name).

       language	(class Language)
	       specifies target	language name.

       Among the standard Forms	Library	resources, the following are most use-

       xform.fontsize (class XFORM.FontSize)
	      specifies	the font size used for most object labels.

       xform.pupfontsize (class	XFORM.PupFontSize)
	      specifies	the font size used in pop-up menus.

       xform.browserFontSize (class XFORM.BrowserFontSize)
	      specifies	the font size used for the text	inside a browser.

       xforms(5), fd2ps(1L)

       Copyright (c) 1996-2002 T.C. Zhao <> and Mark Overmars
       Since 2002: GNU Lesser General Public License
       Maintainers: Jean-Marc Lasgouttes, Angus	Leeming	and Jens  Thoms	 Toer-
       ring <>


Version	1.2.0			 November 2013			   FDESIGN(1L)


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