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 Supported OS (without emulation)
Adobe Streamline Adobe Systems 1989 4.0 discontinued Proprietary
CorelDRAW Corel 1989 X8 $449, $169 upgrade Proprietary Windows
Easy Trace Easy Trace Group 2015 9.8 960 Euro, 480 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 21.0.0 (CC2017) $19.99 per month Proprietary Windows, Mac OSX
Graphic Tracer Professional GraphicPowers.com 2016 release 5 $15 per month/ $120 per year Proprietary Windows, Mac OSX due fall 2017
Inkscape (using Potrace) Inkscape.org 2003 0.92 free GPL Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
ImageTracer András Jankovics 2015 1.2.0 free Public domain Cross-platform , JavaScript or Java based
MagicTracer Elgorithms 2003 2.0.012 $59 Proprietary Windows
Potrace Peter Selinger 2001 1.11 free GPL Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, BSD, AmigaOS/AROS
Scan2CAD Avia Systems 2010 Version 8 $249 – $399 Proprietary Windows
WinTopo Freeware SoftSoft Ltd 1999 2015 (v1.76) free Freeware Windows
WinTopo Pro SoftSoft Ltd 2000 2015 (v3.6) $299 Proprietary Windows
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer Xara Group Ltd. 1994 2014 (v10) $89.99 Proprietary Windows
Super Vectorizer Effectmatrix Ltd. 2013 2016 (v1.6.6) $29.99 Proprietary Mac OSX
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
Easy Trace 12800x No Limit ? Yes Yes Yes No No
FreeHand 64x ? ? No ? ? No Yes
Graphic Tracer Professional No Limit No Limit No Limit no ? ? yes no
Illustrator 640x ? ? Yes ? ? No Yes
Potrace N/A ? ? No ? ? No No
ImageTracer[1] N/A No limit No limit No No ? No Yes
Scan2CAD 64K No limit No limit Yes ? ? Yes Yes
WinTopo Pro[2] 512x No limit No limit Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Maximum zoom Object limit per document Control point limit Color management for print Thumbnails adjust image (functions) Text Recognition (OCR) Scripting support

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
Graphic Tracer Professional yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Illustrator Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Potrace Yes No No ? ? ? Yes ?
ImageTracer No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scan2CAD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WinTopo Pro Yes No 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
Graphic Tracer Professional Yes Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes No N/A
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
ImageTracer 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 Pro 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 Font ID & replace
Easy Trace Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FreeHand Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Graphic Tracer Professional N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Illustrator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Potrace N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No
ImageTracer N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No
Scan2CAD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
WinTopo Pro ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? No
Fills & hatch Vector combine Rotate & move Polylines Spline curves Lines to curves cmd. & vice versa Vector shapes

Free software[edit]

Proprietary software[edit]

References[edit]