Vector Magic
Vector Magic


Vector Magic free download for Mac

Vector Magic1.20

12 June 2019

Convert bitmap images to vector art.


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

What's new in Vector Magic

Version 1.20:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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How would you rate Vector Magic app?

8 Reviews of Vector Magic

11 May 2011
Version: 1.18

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$295 for a one trick pony, no matter how good the trick, is a bit steep.
04 March 2017
Version: 1.20
I've used this for a few years now, and while it isn't something that I would use every day, it is, without doubt, the best of breed, I specialise in making the workflow for publishers easier, this includes making logos InDesign objects, so that the company's network saves all that extra data pinging around the network, it's a shock how many companies have Tiff's or JPEGs instead of EPS files, so I simply autotrace them with this software, compared to illustrators autotrace, well there is no comparison, this App gets it right every time! Top notch!
27 September 2016
Version: 1.20
It is a good vector tool. However, it is too too expensive to afford it. I receommend "Super Vectorizer", it is very similar to vector magic with much lower price. A good alternative to vector magic.
17 February 2016
Version: 1.20
Love this app, and am so happy the update makes it function correctly under El Capitan.
11 October 2015
Version: 1.18
Does not work under El Capitan (crashes at the end of the smoothing process). I would expect a $295 application to be able to work with a major OS update.
12 May 2011
Version: 1.18
Is this actually new? Looks like the August, 2010 version to me.
11 May 2011
Version: 1.18
$295 for a one trick pony, no matter how good the trick, is a bit steep.
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17 June 2010
Version: 1.17
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 :)
16 June 2010
Version: 1.17
Download Inkscape (free). Import a bitmap then trace it. Save in SVG, EPS or PDF. Job done.