Keywords: Software

Gofigs is a freeware go diagram program for Windows written by Simon Goss, and available for download by visiting [ext] BGA page. The direct link for download is [ext] here.


Charles: I have used this for thousands of diagrams, and find it very user-friendly.

BlueWyvern: It seems straightforward, but I can't save anything, it keeps saying error accessing file and stuff. There isn't any help so I don't have a clue as to figuring out what I'm doing wrong. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Charles I don't know which version you have: but I don't use it to save as a file. If I want to warehouse diagrams I paste them into a document.
  • axd I can confirm this... The only thing about exporting I found was the Bitmap>> button copies the board/selection to the clipboard, so you can paste into Paint [or into MS Word or other programs]. The other file formats are unusable. Jago seems better, allows to export as ASCII, sgf and as bitmap. GoFigs is very crude, and not user friendly: as if it was written on a rainy afternoon.
  • MK There are no help files. Although the program is pretty intuitive the fact that hitting the "Bitmap" button produced nothing brought me on the verge of tearing hair from my head. Only now I realized it copies diagram into clipboard...
  • Charles Having written three books (about 2500 diagrams) with it, I think of it as user-friendly. Export as metafiles, by the way.
  • Andrew Grant There is a problem, all the same. It's evident in the diagrams in Teach Yourself Go, which were apparently produced with this program; and also in the diagrams on Charles' online book Shape Up! which I assume were produced with the same program. The thickness of the lines, both on the board and the boundaries of white stones, is variable. Some diagrams have thick lines, others thin, and some have a mixture of the two. I find this rather distracting to say the least.
  • Charles I'm aware of this, of course. I believe, though I'm no expert, that this is a Windows problem. Of course you may think that's quite serious. It is the sort of thing that got sorted out with Windows XP (but please don't quote me on that). And then there is the downside that comes with the default changing from metafile to enhanced metafile (which can be bad news). I would point out that other programs, that I have seen used for books, have much worse numbers on the stones; which is something I find much more obtrusive. The evidence is that there is still no perfect solution (though I'm not up-to-date).
  • LeisureGuy? I just found this program and had a little trouble figuring out how to use it in my blog. The method I used was to use the Bit-map key to get it into the clipboard, then pasted it into a blank document in Adobe Photoshop Elements ver. 3 and saved that as a .jpg file. That I could then upload using Blogger.com's photo command. Here's the result: [ext] http://tinyurl.com/erhoe.

gofigs last edited by on December 30, 2012 - 21:34
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