TOKYO (MacHouse) – SVG is a popular vector graphics format for creating and saving vector-based art works. Speaking of vector graphics, Adobe Illustrator is virtually the king of vector graphics software. It must be unthinkable for a lot of people to do their work without it. Yet, Adobe Illustrator can do a horrible job rendering SVG graphics, depending on the version you are using. As shown in the screenshot to the left below, Illustrator does a terribly bad job showing color gradation with SVG graphics. That Illustrator version is CS3, by the way.
Source: SVG file from W3C
Meanwhile, a couple of months ago, I had a lot of SVG files from openclipart.org. That’s a great place to get free vector-based graphics files. They were used to develop an iOS game called Lost in Apartment. Since Illustrator does a horrible job restoring vector graphics from SVG files, I went to Mac App Store to find a cheap alternative for converting SVG graphics into PNG. Although I was willing to spend $10 to $20, I ended up downloading a freeware title called iVinci Express. This software is what I call adware or bogusware. It was merely used to advertise their full version. And the freeware version doesn’t (or didn’t at the time) let the user save SVG graphics as an image although its description indicated otherwise at the time. And that’s when I understood why less and less people buy from Mac App Store. There has been a lot of garbage there. I don’t buy anything from Mac App Store since I cannot test software. That’s why I develop everything that I need on my own. And that’s why I’ve developed SVG2Img. SVG2Img is our 5th software title of the month, which I submitted to Mac App Store about an hour ago.
SVG2Img is not a vector graphics tool. Rather, its objective is to convert SVG graphics into a common graphics format like JPEG, PNG, TIFF. Simply, drag and drop an SVG file onto the top section of the application window, naming an image file and then click on Export toolbar button. So it’ll take you just a few steps to convert SVG graphics into a popular image format.
- Select a shared folder so that the application won’t prompt you to name each file.
- Drag and drop an SVG file right onto the top section of the application window.
- Languages: English only.
- The application supports the fullscreen.
- The application supports the Retina display.
- Application file size: 1.7 MB
- The application comes with a complete user’s guide written in English. (Choose Help > User’s Guide.)
- Mac OS X 10.7 (untested), 10.8 (tested), 10.9 (tested)
- 64-bit system
- Supported export formats are BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF.
- SVG2Img does not read compressed SVG (.SVGZ).
- There is no batch export.
Nothing so far…
Application user’s guide is available (only in English). Click here to access it online.
Click here to download a trial version. It’s fully functional till June 28th, 2014. Rewind the system clock to continue to use it after expiration.
A video tutorial with text commentary is available in the form of a QuickTime movie. Click here. The data size is 66.6 MB, and the movie duration is 6 minutes and 0 seconds. The video dimensions are 1,440 x 900 pts.
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