Vector Magic
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Convert bitmap images to vector art.   Demo ($295.00)
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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
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 and later







  • Vectoraster
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  • Inkscape
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  • VectorPro
    +1

  • iTrace
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Randomnumber commented on 12 May 2011
Is this actually new? Looks like the August, 2010 version to me.
[Version 1.18]


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NotUsed commented on 11 May 2011
$295 for a one trick pony, no matter how good the trick, is a bit steep.
[Version 1.18]

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Drtyrell969 replied on 13 Sep 2012
Yeah, no way. There are others for free.
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md828 reviewed on 16 Jun 2010
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 :)
[Version 1.17]


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Mark Everitt commented on 16 Jun 2010
Download Inkscape (free). Import a bitmap then trace it. Save in SVG, EPS or PDF. Job done.
[Version 1.17]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Illustration
License:Demo
Date:11 May 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $295.00
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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 per image and is a very tedious task. Why not let Vector Magic do all the work so you can be able to focus your energy on better things?

Better accuracy
If you compare results from other tools side-by-side with those from Vector Magic, you will notice that Vector Magic produces vectors that more closely resemble the input image. Finer details in the shapes are recovered, and the curves are more faithful to the bitmap original.

Less cleanup required
Vector Magic's results have less noise, while still extracting more detail from the bitmap original. Normally you'd have to spend a lot of time cleaning up the output from an auto-tracer - with Vector Magic you can oftentimes use the result right away, and if it requires cleanup then it's usually much less than what's required for the results from the competing tools.

Easier user interface with less trial-and-error
If you've used other tracing tools, you have probably noticed that they have tons of confusing options and settings, and require you to more or less randomly try different combinations of these in the frustrating search for a passable result. Here are some key features of "Vector Magic":
  • Single-click vectorization
  • Basic vectorization mode, with easy-to-choose settings
  • Advanced vectorization mode, with fine-grained control
  • EPS, SVG and PDF vector output
  • PNG bitmap output
  • GIF, BMP bitmap output
  • Bitmap output, 1x zoom
  • Bitmap output, any zoom
  • Powerful preview to inspect the result in detail
  • Segmentation editing capabilities
  • Super-convenient drag-and-drop interface
  • Super-convenient copy-paste input
  • Vectorize very large images
  • Transparency support


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