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  1. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Hi Chaps,

    I need to get a file converted from EPS to HPGL (.PLT) for a little project I'm doing on the kit car. Can anyone help?

    Ta,

    GOO
     
  2. tehBoris

    tehBoris What's a Dremel?

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    From what I can tell the trouble with this is that PostScript can contain pixel art (a image that consists of pixles, also known as raster images), where as HPGL is a vector based system exclusively. If this is the case converting between the two is basically not going to happen. Your best bet would be to recreate the image in InkScape or Adobe Illustrator.
     
  3. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Well, the EPS file is a vector of the Marlin logo. I need it in PLT to send to an engraver.

    Anyone?
     
  4. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    I'll give it a go, but I wasn't a fan of inkscape last time I used it. You need to install X11 to get it to work...
     
  6. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Well, the Windows version uses GTK of course, but that is not X11...
     
  7. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    I have Inkscape on one of my linux VMs so i can give it a go if you want

    Failing that, this, inkscape and the gubbinz required to run it, in the one folder.
     
  8. GreatOldOne

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    I might take you up on that, as I'm getting nowhere fast.

    I have the latest version of inkscape, which runs in X11 on a Mac. I load the vector (which I now have in SVG), and then try to export as PLT. Only to be told that:

    Code:
    You need to install the UniConvertor software.
    For GNU/Linux: install the package python-uniconvertor.
    For Windows: download it from
    http://sk1project.org/modules.php?name=Products&product=uniconvertor
    and install into your Inkscape's Python location
    So I bimble off and download that, and then find out I need the Python Image Library (PIL). So I download than, and try and compile it... And it fails.

    A bit more googling, and it's off to Fink to get some ports of additional bits and bobs. Package downloaded, hit install - Ah. Leopard only. You need to download the source and and compile if you have Lion...

    And thats where I lost the will to live. All I want to do is convert a lousy Vector from one format to another - not recompile the entire bloody OS!!!! :wallbash:
     
  9. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    So much for macs 'just working'

    with the obligatory mac jibe out of the way shoot me a PM and i'll see what i can do
     
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    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    You got PM...
     
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    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Thanks so much RF. You've been a great help. Much Rep to you. :thumb:
     
  12. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Did the conversion work ? Then we can say the only issue here was Inkscape versus Mac :worried: :D, in case of Linux or Windows it would have worked without issues.
     
  13. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    It [inkscape] wouldn't play ball on windows and even under linux [where nothing 'just works'] Python [which appeared to be the problem on all platforms] needed beating into submission.

    As for 'did it work?' I hope so :p.
     
  14. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    It certainly did work:

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    These are .png exports from the engraving CAD program that the company I'm going to get to make these plates uses. I just need to print them out life size and make sure I've got the sizes right and the holes in the right places, and then I'll order them. :)
     
  15. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    In that case glad to be of some help :thumb:
     
  16. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Nah, Linux users have different level of feeling pain :). Where Windows and OSX users would have given up long time ago, Linux user still fights :D.
     

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