From: Bill Peel <w.peel@mm...> - 2004-08-26 13:23:18
Perhaps everyone knows about this already but I have found the free potrace program very
useful for tracing bitmap line-art into svg format. The resulting svg file can then be
imported into Inkscape for further manipulation. I have also produced diagrams using
various LaTeX drawing macro packages in eps format, converted them to pbm format using
Ghostscript and then to svg using potrace. This could be a way of converting suitable
public domain clipart from bitmap format into svg format for use with Inkscape.
Quoth Bill Peel on or about 2004-08-26:
> various LaTeX drawing macro packages in eps format, converted them to pbm format using
I found that pstoedit works well from EPS -- you don't need to
rasterize the image. Unfortunately pstoedit has no SVG output driver,
so I went via fig (another vector format).
pstoedit -f fig 1-10.eps 1-10.fig
fig2dev -L svg 1-10.fig > 1-10.svg
This technique also preserves text elements as text.