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I don't know if anyone's posted anything about this, but this an excellent resource.

http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/ You need a password, which is freely given by the programmers.

Basically you load a raster file to it.

For instance:


And it vectorises it, and saves it as an eps or svg file.

Which I have opened and saved in Illustrator and it looks like this:


What they're looking for is the feedback to see what we think of it.

And I think it works quite nicely.

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You can do the same thing with Illustrator.

You've got the $400+ to plop down for Illustrator to use Live Trace?

To add to that...the LiveTrace also isn't 100% accurate. It works good for some things (if the raster image is real clean), but not so well on others. I know this because I use it all the time at my job. It really helps when trying to recreate low-quality logos or images that some bonehead customers swear up and down just looks really good and will reproduce at a bigger size just as clean (WRONG ANSWER?!).

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I just e-mailed them as well.

And to you, sir, I owe a debt of gratitude for providing this resource.

No worries.

I guess that's how I see what this place is about.

One person knows one thing, someone else comes across something else.

Together, everybody wins.

And PS re the LiveTrace thing. I have LiveTrace, and this defecates on it.

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