[Qgis-developer] QGIS + Inkscape

G. Allegri giohappy at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 06:18:32 EDT 2012

I thinkg that working to the improvement of the Composer would be an
important work. Anyway, like it happens with other GIS softwares, when you
need to refine cartographic output for professional layouts you often need
to use external softwares.
I think the two routes are both important, but they have different targets:

 - improve the composer, to create good quality layouts and automate map
books creations (there are a lot of things that could be refined, like
reference maps, multiple frames management, etc.)
 - work on the GDAL level (SVG or PDF) to have the most information out
from the GIS environment and obtain an unfinished product ready for higher
level graphics work.

I think they are complementary, and they depend on the scope of the needs.


2012/3/19 Andreas Neumann <a.neumann at carto.net>

> Hi,
> The first question that I had to ask myself in this thread: what is the
> reason why one wants to move from QGIS to Inkscape? Are there ways to
> improve QGIS so this extra step in a separate software isn't necessary any
> more? Would it be more useful to implement missing features in QGIS rather
> than spending a lot of time trying to let two separate software packages
> talk to each other?
> If you really want to work on improving the situation between QGIS and
> Inkscape I think it would be best to either:
> * work on SVG read/write support in GDAL (something along the lines of
> http://www.carto.net/svg/**utils/shp2svg/<http://www.carto.net/svg/utils/shp2svg/>- which is a bit outdated by now -> the idea was to improve GDAL SVG support
> * improve the qtSVG libraries so QGIS can output more semantically rich
> SVG output (e.g. with layer names, text stays as text, include attribute
> data in a foreign namespace so that it can be displayed in Inkscape,
> improve the styling situation, etc.)
> I would be interested/available to discuss options and support your work
> in some ways if I can.
> Let us know what you decide!
> Andreas
> On Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:20:01 +0100, Marco Hugentobler wrote:
>> Hi Brylie
>> A very good thing would be to improve the SVG export from the print
>> composer. In fact, this would mean to improve the SVG export in the Qt
>> libraries. And from this work, other Qt applications would
>> automatically benefit as well (a large number of applications).
>> Regards,
>> Marco
>> On 19.03.2012 02:40, Brylie Oxley wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> My name is Brylie Oxley. I am a student at Sierra College in Nevada
>>> City, CA. I would like to apply for the GSoC program.
>>> I have been studying GIS at Sierra College, where the courses focus on
>>> proprietary tools. For libre GIS tools to be viable options, we need high
>>> quality cartographic tools. This is where I see Inkscape as an EXCELLENT
>>> candidate.
>>> I would like to make an extension for QGIS and/or Inkscape that would
>>> enable us to send data from QGIS directly to Inkscape. It would also be
>>> nice to be able to have Inkscape leverage the QGIS API to import
>>> data/layers into a cartographic project.
>>> I am glad to get any feedback regarding users' experiences sharing data
>>> between these two programs. I would also like to know what some of the
>>> components are that I can leverage to create a bridging extension/improved
>>> cartographic interface for QGIS.
>>> Thank you for your time and consideration,
>>> Brylie Oxley
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