Potrace

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Potrace
Potrace-logo-468.png
Developer(s) Peter Selinger
Stable release 1.11[1] / February 19, 2013; 17 months ago (2013-02-19)
Written in C
Platform Cross-platform
Type Vectorization
License GNU GPL
Website http://potrace.sourceforge.net

Potrace is an open-source, cross-platform computer program which converts bitmapped images into vector graphics. It is written and maintained by Peter Selinger.

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Various graphical frontends are available for the command-line application Potrace. Notably, it has been integrated with Inkscape, giving Inkscape its Trace Bitmap action.[2] CR8tracer is a simple Windows GUI based frontend. FontForge can use Potrace to import a bitmap image into a font. Potrace is also used by the music engraving program LilyPond.

Potrace's input and output is black and white (colored images are greyscaled before processing). However, Inkscape is capable of producing color images by decomposing each channel into several black and white images and tracing them separately with Potrace. The commercial Total Vectorise program also uses Potrace as its core.

The program is dual-licensed as "Potrace" under the GPL and as "Potrace Professional" in a proprietary license by Selinger's company, Icosasoft Software, Inc.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://potrace.sourceforge.net/ChangeLog
  2. ^ Potrace in Inkscape
  3. ^ Dual licensing program for Potrace

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