[Qgis-developer] QGIS + Inkscape

Fred ETHEVE fred.etheve at wanadoo.fr
Mon Mar 26 06:53:45 EDT 2012

Hi, Brylie, hi all,

OK, the ideal would be to have soon an Inkscape into composer (beautifull,
this composer !)

But I think, now, that we need to export TOC and layers into a professional
soft, as Inkscape : it is the way for my students

Because, professional map editors want (adobe) postscript files, and SVG is
an Adobe format

So, I work to contribute to SVG plugin of Richard Duivenvoorde

I’ve worked on transparencies, scales

We may work together?

Best regards


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[mailto:qgis-developer-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] De la part de G. Allegri
Envoyé : lundi 19 mars 2012 11:19
À : Andreas Neumann
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Objet : Re: [Qgis-developer] QGIS + Inkscape


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>


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http://www.carto.net/svg/utils/shp2svg/ - which is a bit outdated by now -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!


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).


On 19.03.2012 02:40, Brylie Oxley wrote:

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

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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Andreas Neumann
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