Comparison of raster-to-vector conversion software

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This article is about raster image conversion. For other uses, see Vectorization (image tracing) and Vectorization (disambiguation).

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 Supported OS (without emulation)
Adobe Streamline Adobe Systems 1989 4.0 discontinued Proprietary
CorelDRAW Corel 1989 X7 $449, $169 upgrade Proprietary Windows
Easy Trace Easy Trace Group 2009 9.0 build 1856 1500 Euro, 750 Euro upgrade Proprietary Windows
Macromedia Freehand Macromedia 1988 11.0.2 discontinued (MX) $399, $99 upgrade Proprietary Windows, Mac OSX
Adobe Illustrator Adobe Systems 1985 16.0.0 (CS6) $499, $169 upgrade Proprietary Windows, Mac OSX
Inkscape Inkscape.org 2003 0.91 free GPL Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
MagicTracer Elgorithms 2003 2.0.012 $59 Proprietary Windows
Potrace Peter Selinger 2001 1.11 free GPL Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, BSD, AmigaOS/AROS
Scan2CAD Avia Systems 2010 Version 8 $249 – $399 Proprietary Windows
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer Xara Group Ltd. 1994 2014 (v10) $89.99 Proprietary Windows
Creator Released Latest version List price (USD) License Supported OS (without emulation)

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
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
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
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
Fills & hatch Vector combine Rotate & move Polylines Spline curves Lines to curves cmd. & vice versa Vector shapes

Free software[edit]

Proprietary software[edit]