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of brushes, scripts and information for
the GNU Image Manipulation Program

    SVGpage - 0.5

Before you get TOO excited, I must clarify that SVGpage will RENDER an SVG, not convert an exact copy as SVG. What this means is that the created SVG will be a painterly approximation, not an exact copy. Read on for details . . . including screenshots of results.

Also, I wrote and use SVGpage on LINUX.
If you use Windows, you are likely out of luck. Someone WAS making a JAVA implimentation of SVGpage that ran on Windows (SVGpagewin32), but I do not know if it is currently up to date.

SVGpage is a pyGTK application to view and convert to and from vector (SVG) graphics [acting as a frontend for Autotrace.] In addition to SVG files the application is able to open PNG, GIF, JPG (including Exif), BMP and XPM. It can save as SVG, PNG or JPG.

If you are looking for an SVG editor capable of creating fine, crisp curves and gradients, you've got the wrong program. For simple graphics SVGpage can convert to SVG and render something very close. For involved images, like pictures, you wind up with a PAINTERLY EFFECT. This effect can be very distinctive and attractive and is sought after by many. Sort of a good, single-click "GIMPressionist." So if that's what you're looking for, you've found it.

SVGpage can also take your SVG images and convert them to a PNG or a JPG. Even resize them. It uses Bilinear Interpolation and does an excellent job.

Couple examples. For a "simple" image like the United States Flag SVG, SVGpage looks like a spot-on convertor to PNG, as shown below. Going in the other direction, meaning converting a png to an SVG, comes close -- with the lines being near perfect but some "blurring" on the edges of the stars. BTW: generally speaking, the larger the starting image, the better the rendering.

Next we have a photo "rendered" as an SVG.

In this picture I ran "half-size" twice, (because starting big helps) then rendered on default settings. TIP: Normally the images are shown just as thumbnails, but you can select to "Show Full-Size" at any time for both SVGs and Rasters. Making it easy to compare results, especially if you want to try tweaking any of the possible parameters available for conversion (all those choices on the right.)

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