Why do I need VectorMagic?
I am an editor of a small free student driven physics magazine called, Gamma. When our illustrator hands in the front page picture is as a huge bitmap file which has artifacts from the scanning and illustrating process. Usually we vectorized this picture by using either the opensource program called http://www.inkscape.org/ or Adobe Illustrator if we can find anybody who got the money for a license. 🙁
That’s why I am so extremely happy that I found vectormagic.stanford.edu which is a Standford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory research project by James Diebel and Jacob Norda (I found it through digg.com). The interface is really clean and all that is needed is a flash enabled browser and bitmap picture. This process of vectorizing the picture was much easier and faster than I my normal workflow on inkscape.
My input picture was the front page for the next issue of Gamma and I uploaded a 1280×1810 pixels 440Kb JPEG picture. About 5 minutes later I had the a vectorized version of the picture in eps format now only 66Kb big and so much more useful for printing.
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