Comparison of raster-to-vector conversion software

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The following tables contain general and technical information about a number of raster-to-vector conversion software products. Please see the individual products' articles for further information.

General information[edit]

This table gives basic general information about the different vector graphics editors:

Creator Released Latest version List price (USD) License
Adobe Streamline Adobe Systems 1989 4.0 discontinued Proprietary
AutoTrace Martin Weber 1998 0.31.1 free GPL
CorelDRAW Corel 1989 X7 $449, $169 upgrade Proprietary
Easy Trace Easy Trace Group 2009 9.0 build 1856 1500 Euro, 750 Euro upgrade Proprietary
Freehand Macromedia 1988 11.0.2 discontinued (MX) $399, $99 upgrade Proprietary
Illustrator Adobe Systems 1985 16.0.0 (CS6) $499, $169 upgrade Proprietary
MagicTracer Elgorithms 2003 2.0.012 $59 Proprietary
Potrace Peter Selinger 2001 1.9 free GPL
Scan2CAD Avia Systems 2010 Version 8 $249 – $399 Proprietary
WinTopo Freeware SoftSoft 1998 1.74 free Proprietary
WinTopo Pro SoftSoft 1998 3.501 $340 Proprietary
WiseImage CSoft 1990 v.12.0 $2700 Proprietary
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer Xara Group Ltd. 1994 2013 (v9) $89.99 Proprietary
Creator Released Latest version List price (USD) License

Operating system support[edit]

This table lists the operating systems that different programs can run on without emulation:

NAME Linux Windows Mac OS X BSD AmigaOS/AROS
Easy Trace ? Yes No No No
Freehand ? Yes Yes No No
Illustrator ? Yes Yes No No
Potrace Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scan2CAD using Wine Yes No No No
WinTopo using Wine Yes No No No
WiseImage No Yes No No No
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer No Yes No No No
Name Linux Windows Mac OS X BSD AmigaOS/AROS

Basic features[edit]

NAME Maximum zoom Object limit per document Control point limit Color management for print Thumbnails Adjust Image (functions) Text Recognition (OCR) Scripting support Raster 2 Vector
Easy Trace 12800x No Limit ? Yes Yes Yes No No
Freehand 64x ? ? No ? ? No Yes
Illustrator 64x ? ? Yes ? ? No Yes Yes
Potrace N/A ? ? No ? ? No No
Scan2CAD 64K No limit No limit Yes ? ? Yes Yes
WinTopo Pro +/-512x No limit No limit Yes ? ? No Yes
WiseImage 64K No limit No limit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maximum zoom Object limit per document Control point limit Color management for print Thumbnails adjust image (functions) Text Recognition (OCR) Scripting support Raster 2 Vector

AutoCAD features[edit]

NAME Export universal DXF inside AutoCAD application available Curve recognition Circle recognition Arc recognition Orthogonal line detection Corner detection Line connection
Easy Trace Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Freehand Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Illustrator Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Potrace Yes No No ? ? ? Yes ?
Scan2CAD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WinTopo Freeware Yes No No No No No No Yes
WinTopo Pro Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
WiseImage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export universal DXF inside AutoCAD application available Curve recognition Circle recognition Arc recognition Orthogonal line detection Corner detection Line connection

Raster editing features[edit]

Scanner support Freehand sketch Raster filters Change color depth Image resize Rotate Crop Raster shapes
Easy Trace Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Freehand No No No No Yes Yes No No
Illustrator No No No No Yes Yes No No
Potrace N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Scan2CAD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WinTopo Freeware No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No
WinTopo Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
WiseImage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scanner Support Freehand sketch Raster Filters Change color depth Image resize Rotate Crop Raster Shapes

Vector editing features[edit]

Fills & hatch Vector combine Rotate & move Polylines Spline curves Lines to curves cmd. & vice versa Vector shapes
Easy Trace Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Freehand Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Illustrator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Potrace N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Scan2CAD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WinTopo Freeware No No No Yes Yes No No
WinTopo Pro No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
WiseImage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fills & hatch Vector combine Rotate & move Polylines Spline curves Lines to curves cmd. & vice versa Vector shapes

Free software[edit]

Proprietary software[edit]