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Vector Magic converts bitmap images like JPEGs, GIFs and PNGs to the crisp, clean, scalable vector art of EPS, SVG, and PDF with the world's best auto-tracing software.

Vector images are images described by shapes such as circles and squares, as opposed to bitmap images which are described by pixels - squares of color arranged in a grid.

The shapes are precise mathematical descriptions of the image and can be scaled without becoming blurry or "pixelated" (that blocky look that bitmap/raster images so often get when scaled up).

No more tedious hand-tracing
Hand tracing can take you hours more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 and later

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Randomnumber Member IconComment+2
Randomnumber
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Is this actually new? Looks like the August, 2010 version to me.

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Version 1.18
NotUsed Member IconComment+159
NotUsed
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$295 for a one trick pony, no matter how good the trick, is a bit steep.

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Version 1.18
Drtyrell969
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Yeah, no way. There are others for free.

md828 Member IconReview+42
md828
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Vector Magic blows every other tracing app out of the water. There are a couple aspects that make this the best: first, the results are clean and accurate. Secondly, it has 3 modes of usage that makes it simple to use, but also offers expert control. There are 3 modes: automatic, basic, and expert. Personally I use the basic mode which works very well even with the most difficult bitmaps.

Perhaps the best attribute is that I rarely have to spend time tweaking parameters all day like I used to with Illustrator, Corel Draw, Inkscape and others. The wizard walks you through a couple of simple steps where you specify image quality, number of colors etc. Vector magic outputs excellent results regardless of whatever you throw at it.

I would have rated this a 5 star app except for the fact that it's based on Flash. While the interface is nice and easy enough to use, it could have been better if it had native OSX controls and integration. But I'm just nitpicking here :)

Also the pricing is a bit steep. There is also an online option that's subscription based which is more affordable.

If you do this for a living, I can't recommend this highly enough. Finally tracing for the rest of us :)

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Version 1.17
Mark Everitt Member IconComment+276
Mark Everitt
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Download Inkscape (free). Import a bitmap then trace it. Save in SVG, EPS or PDF. Job done.

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Version 1.17
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Downloads 15,115
Version Downloads 13,375
License Demo
Date 11 May 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $295.00
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