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I have a black & white logo in bitmap form. I imported it into VW 10.5, hoping to be able to use the trace bitmap tool to convert the logo into lines. When I used the ‘Trace Bitmap’ tool it simply out-lined the whole image i.e it put a rectangular frame around the entire image.

I am sure that in the past I have been able to do this. Any ideas where I am going wrong?

Christian

VW10.5

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Guest

Was the image a bitmap prior to importing or was it a jpg, gif, tiff, etc ?

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The Bitmap is a new grouped object and the original image is left unchanged. If one edits the group, the collection of lines of the traced bitmap should be available to be edited.

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Katie

The imported image was a bitmap. Would I get better results with any other file format?

Christian

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I have never been able to get acceptable results with the trace bitmap tool. I have switched to using Adobe Streamline for this sort of thing, and it doesn't do a great job but better than VW. Is there any plan to improve the sensitivity of this tool in the future?

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I seem to have the same problem as christian. It seems to me that many of you guys have the, probably simple, solution to this. The image is a scanned bitmap.

thx in advance

bettes

btw i'm using VW 10.5 arch

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Can you email the bitmap to me please?

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Both, if you are still have the problem.

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Katie,

Thanks for the fast customer service!

It seems that our Dutch manual has a flaw in it... There is no reference to the fact that the "bitmap" needs to be a .pict on the trace bitmap page.

The answer to our question: Convert the .bmp to a .pict and the trace bitmap tool works without a flaw!

greetz

bettes

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I there something in Vectorworks that allow you to convert to a PICT or do I need a separate program and if so which one works well?

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Balus,

Open the image (bitmap) with Preview, then go to File - Export...Select ".pict" for the format....HTH.

-Jacques.

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