Inkscape is a free, platform independent tool to work on vector graphics like svgs. Additionally it has got good commandline batch processing facilities which makes it the tool of choice for programmers.

See an example of how to crop or trim many svg files by commandline.

Inkscape and Eps

Inkscape on Windows cannot handle eps-files by default. To be able to handle eps-files, it needs Ghoststcript. A fine description of what is to do to install Ghostscript so that Inkscape can handle eps files.

To convert a lot of eps files to svg files at once, you can use tclkitsh and the following script:

set pathToInkscape "C:/Program Files/Inkscape/inkscape.exe"
set epsFiles [glob *.eps]

foreach f $epsFiles {
    set fbasename [file rootname [file tail $f]]
    if ![file exists $fbasename.svg] {
        puts  "$pathToInkscape  $f --export-plain-svg=$fbasename.svg"
        exec  $pathToInkscape $f --export-plain-svg=$fbasename.svg

1. Save the script as EpsToSvg.tcl.
2. Open the script in an editor and adapt the pathToInkscape. Save.
3. Open a command shell and cd to the directory where your eps files are located.
4. Then run tclkitsh EpsToSvg.tcl.

Important Android Apps

I’m the owner of a Honor 5C, which is a really good smartphone. These are the apps I’m using all the time:

  • Whatsapp
  • Krono Stopwatch & Timer: It can remember several different timers, it is free, free from ads and it does not want to have unneeded rights. Perfect. It really is called Krono, not to mix up with Kronos.
  • Realcalc: A perfect calculator, looking exactly like the real LCD calculators of the nineties. Has got all scientific functions you’ll need and additionally hex and binary numbers. Free and ad free and does not want unneeded rights.
  • Antons Kalender-Widget: This is a widget which can be put onto the home screen where it shows your calendar entries. Very useful.
  • Wetter- & Uhr Widget. A widget which shows the current and forecasted weather. Not bad, but sometimes even the current temparature is way off the real values.
  • aCalendar: The best calendar app I’ve found so far.
  • Datensicherung: Huawei’s own backup program. Good. It can be used to transfer all your data from older smartphones to newer ones, too.
  • EmotionUI: This is not an app, but Huawei’s own UI. All Huawei and Honor smartphones come with the EmUI. I love it.

Simple Webservice Test Tools

  • Wizdl is a standalone tool which is not perfect but quite nice and usable. Does not need an installation, just run the wizdl.exe.
  • SOA Client is a Firefox addon which is also quite usable. Main negative point is, it adds an entry to FF’s popup menu. That is the reason why I deactivate it after having used it.

SOA Client and Wizdl stopped working

From 20 June 2017 on, the tools mentioned above stopped working with error messages like Unable to parse wsdl or similar. Therefore, I’ve evaluated more tools.

  • The Online Soap Client can parse my wsdl. Yippiiie. And it also can run functions in the remote web service.

Stuff that didn’t work

All of the following online tools did not work or didn’t help me.

  • IE itself is a bit of a wsdl test tool. IE can list all the methods. And you can call methods also, but only when IE is running on the same machine where the web service is running. This is not enough in my case.
  • An online solution at plumvoice. That online solution also gave me an error message like Unable to parse wsdl.
  • Online XML Validation does not find any error in the wsdl (which I got by copying it from Firefox SOA Client).
  • ValidWsdl is said to be another online solution, which can also validate the wsdl. It is not reachable.
  • is not reachable.

Stuff that might work

The following tools are mentioned often, but I didn’t test them.

  • webservicestudio seems to be quite old.
  • Storm has miserable reviews. E.g. they say it cannot handle characters beyond 127.
  • SoapUI seems to be overkill.

What’s going on? My own app still can contact the webservice and read the wsdl. Also the can read and parse the wsdl and call functions. Strange.


Resmon.exe is the Windows Resource Monitor, a powerful tool to observe processes and the system: CPU, nwtwork, memory and drive usage. It is installed on every Windows system since Vista. Start it by typing resmon or by button click in the Task Manager.