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    inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    hello
    i cannot import .eps or .pdf files into inkscape. do i need to install an extension for this?
    any help greatly appreciated.
    jason

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    Unhappy Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    My similar query got a response (from Kayosii) to install pstoedit, to convert (on the command line) somefilename.eps to somefilename.svg. This SVG file can then be opened in Inkscape.

    HOWEVER, in my case, all I wanted to do was to add some axis labels to some EPS graphs created by another app. I did not find this in any way easy to do (unlike AI). For one thing, all the numerals on my axes were converted from a Times-like font to Helvetica. Also, the text tool seemed to want to create any new text in a huge way -- in a 10080 point font size! You _can_ change this back to, say, 14 pt in the text tool window, but it is a pain to have to do this every time, even though you may have thought you had set the default font and size earlier. (Am I missing something here.) Also, the "Apply" button is not always highlighted, but you can get it active by switching font (say from Roman to Italic and back again). And, finally, it isn't clear to me that I was ever able to save the SVG file in a way that could be successfully printed.

    So, for me -- at least so far -- Inkscape is NOT A SOLUTION.

    I have also tried (and succeeded in) importing the EPS file into the GIMP (which I do like) but this loses the nice features of vector graphics.

    Another possibility that occurred to me was to see if I could import the EPS files into XFig. Unfortunately, it seems that XFig, at least on this Ubuntu, DOESN'T import EPS, even though the HTML manual says it should. (Apparently some XFig users on Windows can do so.) And, I have not yet found a way to convert an EPS file into a *.fig file, which XFig can, of course, read.

    Any help out there? Or, some other app that can allow the editing of EPS?

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    Wink Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    Aha! I've found out how to convert EPS into XFig from

    http://www.theorie.physik.uni-muench.../epsinxfig.pdf

    which involves pstoedit using

    pstoedit -f fig -psarg "-r600x600" myfilename.eps myfilename.fig

    on the command line. Thereafter, XFig can be used to work on the latter file and then the end result can be exported back to EPS (which we want for use in LaTeX) as mynewfilename.eps.

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    Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    thanks for your reply.
    i will keep looking, as this workaround seems really complicated...

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    Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    Xara Xtreme (open source on Linux) can import EPS and AI's. I think it can then export it to SVG. But perhaps some commandline tool is better for the conversion but I do not know one at this time. I am looking for one myself, too.

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    Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    thanks for your help!
    i will have to give this a try.

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    Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    The Inkscape manual says, that "Besides SVG, Inkscape can import and export several other formats (EPS, PNG)." It is only the Ubuntu version that cannot do this? In that case, should i recompile Inkscape from sources?

    It would be good to import EPS without further external conversion.

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    Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    "Requires pstoedit and Skencil to be installed."
    So I did:
    Code:
    apt-get install skencil pstoedit
    And tried again. Still no results, because:
    Code:
    xxx@xxx:~$ skencil
    Segmentation fault (core dumped)
    xxx@xxx:~$

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    Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    PDF import for Inkscape was a Summer Of Code project that was completed this year - expect to see it as an option in the next version of Inkscape.

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    Re: inkscape // importing .eps + .pdf

    hi

    for Skencil SVN

    sudo apt-get remove skencil

    sudo apt-get install python2.4-dev python2.4 python-imaging tcl8.4-dev tk8.4-dev

    svn checkout https://scm.wald.intevation.org/svn/...es/skencil-0.6

    cd skencil-0.6

    /usr/bin/python2.4 setup.py configure

    /usr/bin/python2.4 setup.py build

    sudo /usr/bin/python2.4 setup.py install


    Cheers,

    Cem
    Last edited by cemelmaci; November 24th, 2007 at 03:16 AM.

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