[Clipart] SVG Output Using Adobe Illustrator CS on Windows
Sigmascape1 at cs.com
Sigmascape1 at cs.com
Tue May 4 06:43:11 PDT 2004
>I have been playing with a trial version of Adobe Illustrator CS  and
>there are some option you can turn on to make things more OpenClipart and
>Inkscape and standards friendly.
>Ideally OpenClipart will at some point invest in at least one copy of
>Adobe Illustrator for testing and to be able to use some of its native
>file formats to generate SVG. I would recommend you try to provide your
>files in multiple formats, at least the native Adobe .ai file format
>(which is a modified version of PDF incidentally) and SVG (Scalable Vector
>There are various options that you choose when exporting to SVG, like
>disabling Adobe extensions, and choosing standard SVG wherever possible.
>Unfortunately if you have used some of the advanced features like 'Grid
>Mesh' then the export will cheat and turn it from a Vector into a flat
>raster PNG/JPEG embedded into the SVG but I'm sure the people here will at
>least look at the SVG source and realise this immediately.
>I would like to be able to help you more but I dont have a copy of Adobe
>Illustrator so I cannot provide a more detailed description. I'm a poor
>student and Adobe Illustrator is just not affordable, and unless they
>provide a value for money version Adobe Illustrator (Adobe Illustrator
>Elements perhaps?) soon then Inkscape will be so good they will have lost
>I would strongly encourage you to try Inkscape and let them know if you
>have any problems importing your Adobe SVG, or if you think there are any
>other ways they might improve.
>Hopefully Inkscape will provide a way to homogonise and standardise the
>SVG inlcuded in OpenClipart.
>Librsvg (for converting SVG to flat/raster graphics) is also a useful
>program to test SVG against (an older version is
>even included with the Gimp 2.0).
>Hope that helps (and if someone could take the time to tidy up this
>information and put it in the Wiki/FAQ I would greatly appreciate it).
> must put 'Adobe' before their product names or some smartass lawyer
>will think they own generic words, they dont!
Thanks for the input. I decided that if I ended up with some issues with Illustrator-authored SVG files, that I would try FreeHand or something else.
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