[cairo] Converting SVG images to PNG

Freddie Witherden freddie at witherden.org
Wed Aug 27 15:56:14 PDT 2008

Hi Chad,

> I'd rather not use it.  So, is there still some way to
> use Cairo to accomplish these goals?

I am/was in a similar position to yourself (interested in adding SVG  
support to Cairo for a game, wishing to avoid rsvg if at all  
possible). After looking around the only 'alternative' so to speak is  
libsvg + libsvg-cairo, which although scores well in the dependency  
department does appear to be un-maintained.

Despite this, it does work reasonably well for simple SVGs, however,  
it does not fare well for more complex ones. Depending on the  
complexity of your SVGs it may be sufficient.

Another possibility is to use poppler (exporting your SVGs as PDF  
files). This may or may not be suitable depending on what dependencies  
you are willing to have.

Regards, Freddie.

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