META FLY Key to Successful Migration
Delta Airlines migrated its technical documentation system to XML for the Web. Large numbers of technical manuals were stored in Interleaf and needed to be converted. The documents contained thousands of graphics with vector, raster and text elements. At the time, the only format which Interleaf could easily export graphics into was WMF. They turned to META FLY Server to batch process the conversion to SVG which is the W3C Web and HTML5 standard for vector graphics. Delta also uses PDF FLY.
Pumping Graphics for Financial Reports
BlueMatrix, makers of leading solutions to publish and disseminate financial research on-line to subscribers, uses PDF Server with SVG and Image output modules on LINUX as part of its state-of-the-art research platform for both sides of the financial community. It powers the online production of financial reports, serving charts and tables generated in the PDF format to Web-friendly formats – PNG and SVG. They also use the SVG files in combination with FOP to create PDF files.
The world-renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, forms a community of 20,000 people from 80 nations with an outstanding research record. Visual Integrity products are at work in several faculties. One professor uses MATLAB to generate sophisticated data plots in EPS. To share these, he needed a solution to publish the EPS files to the Web in a format that people could zoom and pan. SVG was the answer, automatically produced in seconds by invoking PDF FLY via a command line script on UNIX.
Mohawk Industries, the leading producer and distributor of flooring worldwide, relies on PDF FLY to streamline their marketing workflow to move logos, product images, brochures and ads into their XML-based online authoring and publishing system. Files are converted on Linux from EPS into SVG, the XML standard for scaleable vector graphics on the Web.
SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is the XML standard for graphically rich 2D content. It is being adopted across industries to store and publish pure vector graphics as well as composite pages such as database reports, forms, maps and marketing materials.
SVG delivers the advantages of scalable vector graphics via XML to the Web and enables platform, application and device-independent distribution of high-quality, scalable content. SVG files can be viewed in desktop and mobile Web browsers and used in XML authoring and data management applications.
Notes on Visual Integrity’s support of SVG:
- Output is fully compatible with W3C specification
- Output can be scaled and optimized for SVG Web, Mozilla SVG and Apache FOP/Batik as well as other independent SVG implementations
- Supports vector graphics, raster images, and text
- Supports input/output of data streams for real-time applications
- SVGZ compression supported to reduce file size and increase performance in batch processes.
Pumpling Vector Graphics to the Web.
Prior to its acquisition by Odessey, the Reuters Portfolio Management System (RPMS) used the FLY SDK on Solaris and Windows.
This integration enabled real-time delivery of multi-page Oracle reports (PostScript) to the client’s Web browser as scalable vector graphics (SVG) with very little programming effort. Just two calls were used to convert the PostScript files into scalable vector graphics (SVG). Visual Integrity completed some custom development for Reuters related to fonts to ensure accurate screen display (WYSIWYG) which is now part of the standard product. “Our customers help us see new areas to extend the SDK. Thanks to its flexible and well-designed core, we can add new features relatively easily”, said Jean Haney, co-founder and CEO of Visual Integrity. Using SVG, which is the standard web vector format of HTML5, customers benefit from a greatly improved viewing experience and a resolution independent and scalable graphics solution.
View the SVG logo below to see how SVG can scale to any size without losing clarity. To test this:
- click in the margin area to the right or the left of the logo below
- then, with just the logo displayed on your screen, resize your browser from full screen to a quarter of the screen.
The logo will adapt to the new dimensions and looks great at any size. More information about SVG can be found on the W3C site.
SVG XML Publishing
SaabTech Electronics AB manufactures and markets products for the defense industry. The company focuses on optics, precision mechanics, electronics, and system integration systems. It products include tornado radar warning systems; EWS39 – Gripen EW system; BOQ A110 Jammer Pod; JAMMER A100 Training system; BOQ X300 Jammer and EW System; and BOW-21, a radar warning system. Engineers and tech writers at SaabTech Systems use PDF FLY on their Linux desktops to move EPS graphics into their XML content management system as Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).” One of the primary factors for choosing PDF FLY was the accuracy of the conversion from EPS to SVG. SaabTech Systems has been a customer since 2002, using the software on both Windows and Linux. “Thank You very much for the support, I’m impressed. I have used the tool to convert PCB layout from a Mentor tool to my SSDD document, and I think it’s a great tool. It gives me the possibility to create very detailed assembly instructions. I’m very satisfied.” Best regards from Börje Karlsson
SaabTech Systems has been a Visual Integrity customer since 2002.
Below is a series of examples showing the diferent ways in which SVG can be used. From whimsical cartoons and illustrations to scientific charts or mechanical engineering drawings, SVG is ideal for all types of line art.
Scalable vector graphics (SVG) are ideal for use on-line. They can be scaled and zoomed with high fidelity. This is not possible with the GIF and JPEG bitmap formats populating web sites today. Some graphics are particularly well suited to Web display in vector formats such as forms, technical illustrations, maps, business charts, statistical plots and schematics. If you’d like to assess whether your graphics are well suited for vector formats on-line, email us or use the contact form and we’ll be happy to discuss it.
SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is being adopted across industries to store and publish pure vector graphics as well as composite pages such as database reports and marketing material. There are also applications like WiseMapping and games which are written solely with SVG. Major vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe and Google have all added native support for SVG in selected products.
SVG is an Open Standard which has been developed and enhanced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999. SVG images can be created and modified with any text editor, but it is often more convenient to create them with drawing programs such as Inkscape. These graphics offers a superior visual experience. Even better, SVG graphics can be searched, indexed animated, fed dynamic data and scripted.
Visual Integrity’s products can be used to effortlessly and accurately transfer content currently stored as PDF, EPS and other formats into well-formed, standard SVG.
Frequently Asked Questions
SVG in Visio is a versatile format for print and Web
Now, you can easily use SVG in Visio and other ps applications. Scalable Vector Graphics, the W3C and HTML5 standard (SVG) is one of the vector output formats in pdf2picture. Just select the PDF files you want to convert and choose SVG as the output format. The resulting file can be opened directly giving you an easy and accurate way to use SVG in Visio.
Using SVG in Visio is a perfect way to unlock PDF content.With the move to HTML5 applications, more and more programs are integrating internal SVG suppport. Visio is one of them. Now, you can convert any PDF file into SVG and open it in Visio in just a few steps which are outlined below. We are finding it to be a better choice that WMF for fonts support and text placement. Here’s how you do it:
The key steps:
1. Use pdf2picture to convert your PDF file to SVG
2. To open in Visio, choose Scalable Vector Graphics
3. Once in Visio, right click on the drawing and Ungroup (ignore any errors Visio may present). You may need to delete an exterior container and right click to ungroup again.
5. When fully ungrouped, you should see pink. Click anywhere outside the margins of the drawing and this will deselect all objects.
6. You are now ready to select and edit whatever you want, including the text.
Products for using PDF in Visio
SVG has come a long way since 1999. At that time, Adobe offered a special browser plug-in so SVG files could be viewed. Now, 12 years later, SVG is the graphics foundation of HTML5 and built into all of the major browsers. Below is a list of each browser and when it added reasonable SVG support. If you are using this release or later, you should be able to view SVG without problems. The Adobe SVG Viewer is no longer required.
- > FireFox 4
- > Opera 10
- > Chrome 10
- > Safari 5
- > IE 8
There are two basic formats for graphics – vector and image. Vector graphics are made up of objects, lines, curves and text while images are made up of a collection of dots or pixels. Images are also referred to as bitmaps or rasters.
Visual Integrity can convert most PDF files into either vector or image formats. It’s important to know which is best for the job you are doing.
If you need to break a PDF file down into objects and text for editing, then you want to choose a vector format. The vector formats supported in our software are DXF, PDF, PS, EPS, SVG, WMF, EMF, CGM, HPGL and MIF.
If you do not need to edit the file and simply want a sharp copy to insert into a document or to publish on a web-site, you’ll want to go with image formats. The image formats that we support are TIFF, GIF, PNG, JPEG and BMP. If you will be printing the graphic on a laser or ink-jet printer, convert at 150 or 300 dpi (dots per inch) resolution. If publishing to a web-site, use 96 or 72 dpi is best for screen display. Keep in mind that the higher the dpi (resolution), the larger the file size. It’s best to use the lowest resolution which achieves the level of quality you want.
Note! Scanned images can not be transformed by vector mode into lines, text and other vector objects because they are not vector source files. Instead, you will get an exact replica of the PDF as an image that can be used as a tracing layer which aids in the duplication effort. To convert scanned images into vector objects, you need a special class of software called “raster to vector”.
Visual Integrity presented at SVG Open, October 17-20, 2011 in Cambridge MA. Our session, “Real Life SVG – Tales from the Trenches” presented the results of a broad, informal survey about SVG acceptance and highlighted several customer examples. The 2011 conference, boasted Google, Microsoft and Adobe as major sponsors. These are some pretty nice endorsements to have. It bodes well for the future of SVG as these companies invest in supporting this open vector Web graphics standard. We saw lots of great examples of products that are based on SVG including Wise Mapping and the veteran SVG editing standard, Inkscape. The SVG world is looking to explode with market adoption of HTML5.
View the presentation by Jean Haney, Visual Integrity co-founder and CEO, from SVG Open 2011.