I would be gratefull for some some help converting WMFs to PNGs or JPGs.
The problem I have is when using "wmf2gd" to convert floorplans with whitespace (transparency??) round the outside of the image - the conversion fills the entire image hence distorting it. The aspect is the same; just the outside whitespace is not "converted" too. I have no control over how I receive the images unfortunately.
I have played with all the options and tried using "wmf2eps" which seems to handle the whitespace better (not perfectly) but then mucks up the contents of the image (i.e. arcs/line dont meet up, etc) so still no good.
Where does the problem lie?? Is it a libwmf bug in processing the file or perhaps a GD issue when converting it into the 'png' or 'jpg' as the version bundled with libwmf is very out of date.
My setup is as follows.
I am using a compiled version of libwmf-0.2.8.3 on solaris 8 with these packages from sunfreeware.com - freetype 2.1.9, jpeg 6b, libpng 1.2.9rc1, ghostscript 8.14 and libxml2 2.1.19.
The compile command and configure summary is below.
./configure --without-expat --without-x --with-gsfontmap="/usr/local/share/ghostscript/8.14/lib/Fontmap.GS" --with-gsfonts="/usr/local/share/ghostscript/8.14/lib/fonts"
Support for X: no
Support for GD: wmf
Support for JPEG though GD: yes
Support for XML: libxml2
Documentation directory: /usr/local/share/doc/libwmf
Font directory: /usr/local/share/libwmf/fonts
System XML fontmap file: /usr/share/fonts/fontmap
Non-system XML fontmap file: /usr/local/share/libwmf/fonts/fontmap
ghostscript fontmap file: /usr/local/share/ghostscript/8.14/lib/Fontmap.GS
ghostscript font directory: /usr/local/share/ghostscript/8.14/lib/fonts
building gdk-pixbuf plug-in? no
Francis James Franklin
I suppose it's a libwmf bug, in that libwmf decides the image boundaries by where stuff is drawn. Having a blank area around the drawing will probably confuse it. I'm not clear on why this should "distort" anything if the aspect ratio is the same.
I don't think that the bundled GD being ancient will be a problem.
libwmf needs someone to come along and rewrite it...
Thanks for your reply... just to clarify the problem.
Lets assume you have a rectanglar "canvas" that has a smaller square picture surrounded by the whitespace. The square picture gets distorted into the rectanglar aspect ratio.
Does that make sense?? Otherwise I can email you some before/after pictures.
Francis James Franklin
Ahh, that is unfortunate.
Try using these three options to set the desired image size:
--maxwidth=<w> where <w> is maximum width image may have.
--maxheight=<h> where <h> is maximum height image may have.
--maxsize scale image to maximum size.
Just a thought: Can you use wmf2svg and then edit with Inkscape?
Alternatively, you could try compiling libwmf rather than libwmf2.
I know none of these suggestions is a solution - sorry - but perhaps they will help.
Yes... that works reasonably well. Though determining the right width and height is abit tough in an automated environment.