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Subject:Re: Bitmap to .wmf conversion From:Rob Irwin <rob -at- PROTEL -dot- COM -dot- AU> Date:Thu, 10 Sep 1998 09:38:50 +1000
Corel's Xara graphics program has a reasonably good bitmap tracing function
that you can use for bitmap>vector conversion. It gives you a fair degree of
control over the process, and produces reasonable results on simple images
once you get the hang of driving it. But like other replies have stated,
converting from bitmap to vector images is a very imprecise process and,
depending on the source files, you may never be able to get the quality you
> A bit more background:
> I'm providing files for a 3rd party
> application that scans and stores invoices,
> statements, etc. I provide a mask of the
> stationery and the application stores just
> the data (items, description, cost, etc.) and
> its position.
> The mask must be in wmf format. The starting
> point is a piece of stationery for each
> document type. Telling them to use a scan is
> not an option I'm afraid.
> I looked at a few methods of doing the kludge,
> including Save As within PaintShop Pro and
> you're right, I'm not thrilled with the
> results. I think I would need a conversion
> rather than a wmf wrapper, and it would have
> to be a pretty damn good "best-guess". It
> sounds like this is too much to hope for.
> Thanks everyone for their suggestions. Whilst
> I haven't exhausted the possibilities, I still
> think I'm going to end up recreating each
> document type to get good enough quality.