Speaking of Images

This past weekend, I received an email from a person who has worked on creating and developing a pretty nice raster-to-vector conversion program. This program is called MagicTracer.

I haven’t done much testing on it, but what I’ve seen is very impressive. The install went smoothly, and was very straightforward. Since I haven’t purchased the program, I can run it in a demo mode – this allows for 35 program uses, at a maximum of 12 hours per use (if I read it correctly). The interface is also pretty straightforward, and offers some very in-depth features. The program opens various raster image formats, although one negative that I saw was no Adobe PDF support. I get a LOT of drawings in PDF format that need to be converted to a vector format, so I’m wondering if this is something that could be added at a later time.

Just to have something to do with it, I opened a topographic survey in Civil 3D 2007. I isolated the surface layer and then used SnagIt to do a screen capture of the surface and saved it as a TIFF file. Then, I created a new project in MagicTracer and opened the image file that I had created. Using the Vector menu “Vector Convert” command gave me a TON of options, some of which I had no idea what to do with. The first thing I did was turn on “Enable Real-Time Preview” so that I could see what I was doing. After changing a few options, I came up with a very reasonable conversion that wasn’t too “out there”. Smoothing was something that I didn’t even attempt at this point.

I also saw some very nice Raster editing functions in another menu, as well as image enhancements. At first glance, this seems to be a VERY powerful program. Even better is the price – at $49.95, this offers some nice raster conversion tools that you can’t find in many other places. Try it out – I think you’ll like it.

One comment

  1. Sywan says:

    We’re actually working on the next version of MagicTracer already. Soon it will have support for SVG, EPS, and PSD. Thanks to your write up we will look into PDF. We just didn’t think of that one before. Seems obvious now though.