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SVG Validator

A validator service (and downloadable tool) is provided by the W3C. It will complain about sodipodi or inkscape namespaced items in the document, unless you've exported to plain SVG.


Perl module and set of scripts to help in adding and processing metadata in SVG files.



Potrace is now embedded into Inkscape. You don't need to run it separately.

Autotrace and Frontline (alternatives to Potrace)

Autotrace an open source vectorization program by Martin Weber. That means you can convert bitmap images (like scans) to vector graphics. While not optimal for photos, it does good job on line art and poster-like images. Doesn't do too well with color.

Autotrace has some features not available in the embedded Potrace dialog in Inkscape. For example, there is a centerline switch that is especially usefull for tracing roads (in maps) or font characters.

Frontline is GUI frontend to Autotrace by Masatake Yamato. Frontline can be run as standalone aplication, but it can also be directly accessed from Inkscape and GIMP.

If you want to have tracing option, you have to install both Autotrace and Frontline before compiling Inkscape. Inkscape automatically detects these programs, and adds inline raster to vector conversion option to image menu.

Both Autotrace and Frontline can be downloaded from Sourceforge. Binaries are available for windows and linux.


Front end written in java that does interesting things with color images.

Convert to SVG


ill2svg (Illustrator to SVG) is a small script that helps turn Adobe Illustrator .ai files into SVG. While it doesn't always do a perfect job, it can sometimes be of great help.

To use the program, just type: [-l "string" -h] infile > outfile.svg

    -l specify the file's line-ending convention: dos, mac,
    or unix; the default is unix

    -h print this message and exit

ai2svg (Illustrator to SVG, recoded in python) is as well a small script that helps turn Adobe Illustrator .ai files into SVG. The Python recode aims to help developers more familiar to python than perl, as well fixing some lacks from - supports dashes, layers, textboxes (ascii-latin), and joined pathes.

To use the program, just type:


the result will appear as neighbour, named

    --help print this message and exit

available at (that .zip file, in the tools folder)


fig2vector (fig vector format to other vector formats, including SVG) is a converter from 'Fig format' long time used (at least since 1998) unix vector format (Xfig, figurine, jfig, winfig...), large kind of application output on this format in unix, mostly scientific applications.


Shandy Brown has assembled a somewhat obscure but useful set of tools to get from GIMP to Sodipodi (and thus to Inkscape). That is, convert raster to vector.


GIMP is a bitmap graphics tool in the first place, but:

  • it imports SVG (with help of librsvg) into bitmap or vector path, exports SVG.
  • GIMP's selection can be converted to a vector path, and paths can be exported/imported as SVG.

GIMP can be used to create nice textures to use in Inkscape or shapes that can be vectorized in Inkscape. Importing SVG drawings from Inkscape to GIMP allows you to do several effects by filling and stroking shapes.

There is a limited support for drag'n'drop between GIMP and Inkscape:

  • path, can be drag'n'droped from Gimp path dialog to Inkscape
  • pictures can be drag'n'droped from Gimp document history to Inkscape if it's in a file format that Inkscape understands.


ConversionSVG is a GUI that send command line to Inkscape to export in batch SVG to PNG, PS, PDF or EPS. It features a Wizard to help novice to use it. You can choose a size in pixels for your export and give some others parameters.

Color scheme & palettes


Agave is a color scheme tool allowing to create palettes based on standard color composition rules, it export it's palettes in the format managed by Gimp and Inkscape.

Video editing, for building animation

Linux Video Editing System

LIVES is the Linux Video Editing System that permits editing and making video without worries about formats, frame sizes, or frame rates. It doesn't support SVG directly yet, but you can create animated works by moving your shapes in Inkscape and exporting as numbered png's.


Kdenlive is a non-linear video editor for Linux, that allow editing, mixing several video and audio using several timelines with previews, add audio/video effects using effects stacks, add text for title or subtitle. It support SVG (but not svgz, at least in svn 20070410).

Open Movie Editor

Open Movie Editor is a non linear video editor, allowing editing, mixing several audio and vido, don't know if it supports svg, but as LIVES it can be used for work with png frames to build animation

Multipage presentation or book


Slides is a utility to create a multi-page PDF file from a sequence of SVG files. This is helpful for creating slide presentations.

The tool is currently (July 2007) being improved and a new version should be available soon.


Scribus is a publishing software supporting SVG, allowing to organise Inkscape documents as a full featured pre-press tool. It doesn't support SVG filters (blur/blend modes...), but manage most of other features.

Charts & graphs

Gnu Plot

GNU plot the gnu command line (with several frontends) driven interactive data and function plotting has an SVG output for graphs & charts.

  • Input can be functions or dataset.
  • Output in 2d, 3d...
  • GnuPLOT


Gnumeric, the Gnome spreadsheet output a variety of graphs/charts in SVG format.

SVG charter

SVG charter is a perl script dedicated to generate SVG charts on web servers.



Graphviz is a tool for automatic graph drawing, it produces structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks in SVG and other vector formats. Several diagrams softwares use this tool or dot file managed by this tool in variety application domains including, UML, databases, networks, sourcecode analysers, code profiling analalysis, web server log analyser, packages dependencies...