[poppler] Annoying question: SVG output from Poppler?

Leonard Rosenthol leonardr at pdfsages.com
Sun Jun 5 13:56:06 PDT 2005

At 10:21 AM 6/5/2005, Marcus Silva wrote:
>Nothing too complex. I am used to dropping LaTeX equation from
>EquationEditor into Keynote or Photoshop in my Mac, and I have to go
>through round about ways to do similar things in Inkscape in GNOME,

         Yup, I believe that.

         Vector graphics on Linux/GNOME is still in it's infancy.  There 
has been a lot of excellent work with SVG support via librsvg, Inkscape, 
etc. - but unfortunately, the rest of the world hasn't caught up to help it.

         Hopefully the Adobe/Macromedia acquisition will help fuel SVG...

>Sometimes I wonder if the idea of using SVG as
>the content model for images in Inkscape was a good idea, but that is
>a discussion for another mailing list ...

`       Depends on what the goals of the product are.  Nothing wrong with 
SVG for screen-based graphics (in fact, it's excellent for that).  It 
simply isn't ready for prepress stuff...

> >          If that's OK for you, then there are solutions out there - you've
> > noted two, for example.  I written an SVGOutputDev for Xpdf - it's not that
> > complex an operation DEPENDING on where you put your functional limitations
> > (eg. what you are willing to give up in the conversion process).
>   That sounds very promissing ... Does it convert PDF text to SVG

         Yes, it does.  It makes the assumption that the font will be 
available for viewing locally. It doesn't attempt font conversion, 
text->vectors, etc.

>What are the general functional limitations beyond color space issues?

         In the case of colorspaces, it converts everything to RGB (just as 
Poppler/Cairo do).  Images are extracted in JPEG format.

         In general, it should work just fine - but I am sure there are a 
variety of issues that will pop up as folks start doing serious stuff with it.


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