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Inkscape by Bethany Hiitola

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Importing non-native Inkscape files

In the previous section, we imported a previously-created Inkscape SVG file into the program. Inkscape supports a number of other graphic formats too. It can open or import SVG, SVGZ (gzipped SVG), PDF, and AI (Adobe Illustrator) formats. In particular, it can import bitmap-based graphic formats such as JPEG, PNG, and GIF, but it can only export PNG bitmaps.

With the help of extensions and plugins, Inkscape can also open a number of other vector formats. The following are some examples:

  • For importing PostScript or EPS, install Ghostscript (http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/)
  • For formats of Dia, XFig, or Sketch, you need to have those programs installed on your computer
  • For CorelDraw, CGM, and SK1 files, install Uniconverter ...

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