[GRASS-user] Getting vectors from postscript files

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Wed Aug 20 02:44:59 EDT 2008

Glynn Clements wrote:
> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>> I have a large and layered PDF map which I'd like to get into Grass-GIS, 
>> preferably without tracing the vectors by hand - there are hundreds!
>> I've been looking at various ways to extract the vectors - in particular 
>> using tools like pdf2ps, pstoedit and fig2dev - to try and get the data 
>> into some kind of usable format. However, the best I can seem to do is 
>> to get an SVG (scalable vector graphics) file that contains the relevant 
>> vectors.
>> Is there a tool that will let me import vectors from either PDF, PS, or 
>> SVG into Grass-GIS?
> CorelDraw can convert import SVG and export DXF, which can be read
> with v.in.ogr.
> Inkscape is supposed to be getting DXF export, but I don't know the
> current state of progress.
Thanks Glynn - Since I'm a Linux user, I'll have to try and wrangle 
Inkscape ... Its main problem at the moment is that the SVG is too big 
for it, so I need to figure out some way to slice up the image beforehand.


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