long-tenured technical types
Yeah, I’m in this bucket too and it’s a lot of why I am always thinking and typing out-loud about how these pieces could work together better.
GF opens up an api
Yeah, I think this is the real answer. I read the older posts here asking about 'Will there be a GF API?" before I typed out my use case from a black box perspective but purposely didn’t go down that route. I think I just wanted to describe the ideal flow without getting into the details of an API answer right off the bat.
I think allowing any svg editor app the ability to request a view of the bed and then send along basic cut job settings is the best answer for everyone. In this way Boxy, or Illustrator, or figma or whatever app could simply add it in as an option. The plumbing is in place to feed the GF web UI already and since I’ve also been in the sw biz since the late 90s of course I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be a bunch of work to make this available to third parties but I do think it would remove a lot of drudgery from the process.