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OSP for VJ10

Tools · Works · October 17th, 2007 ·


OSP are currently working and testing hard for Verbindingen – Jonction 10 festival, organised by meta collaborators Constant. Offset CYMK Printout (5000 ex.) expected for next wednesday, with all the blurs, transparencies, gradients and fonts…

While trying to export the svg from inkscape to pdf, we encountered few problems with transparencies, and blur was completely ignored. We found a solution with using the batik SVG toolset from Apache.

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Download the batik SVG toolset from http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/batik/#download
  2. Let’s assume you unpacked the batik toolset in a folder: /home/you/batik
  3. In the commandline, type: cd /home/you/batik/batik-1.7 (this may vary depending on the version of batik you have downloaded)
  4. Let’s assume you saved your svg file produced in inkscape here: /home/you/yourfolder/yourfile.svg
  5. In the commandline, type: java -jar batik-rasterizer.jar -m application/pdf /home/you/yourfolder/yourfile.svg
  6. This produces the file /home/you/yourfolder/yourfile.pdf with correct transparency and perfectly rendered blurs!

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  • 1. Sammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Good to know, thanks.

  • 2. Taiabati

    Oct 18, 2007 at 9:14 am

    this is a long awaited solution! Thank You so much.
    And BTW: is this workaround suitable for CMYK graphics as well?

  • 3. Harrisson

    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:13 am

    We will do further tests for CYMK graphics later this month, (this will maybe involve Scribus color conversion). The next big step is to fin a way to manage black overprint from inkscape. There is maybe a way through transparency features… If you have a cooking recipie to get a printed C40 Y40 M40 K100 from an inkscape file, we’ll be very interested!