import svg files to prezi

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Can you add svg to the file types that can be imported - pdf is good and all, but it doesn't do all I want to for vector imports
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Peter Halacsy, Employee

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You can but needs more effort. You can convert svg to swf with some adobe products and you can import swf. Try to search for svg to swf conversion on google. Can you report here any success?

What can svg do that is not supported by pdf?

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I use Inkscape to make svg and pdf with drop-shadow - perhaps that's the point to look at. I use blur on shapes to make the shadows - it works in Adobe Reader but not imported to Prezi.
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can't you convert it to swf somehow?
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I spended the whole afternoon for a solution to convert svg to flash. The only solution I found was http://www.verydoc.com/emf-converter.....

But the tool is very expensive (like Adobe products) and the trial leaves an ugly watermark at the converted image. Not nice.

I also found a very old python script. As I'm not a python dev, I wasn't able to get it to run (http://robla.net/1996/svg2swf/).

SVG (or WMF or EMF) is really a need, as image output (I'm using PNGs) is not really great.

So the question is not answered, should be converted to an "Idea" and put to "Under consideration". :)
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Okay, my last workaround was saving from MS Visio to wmf-format. Creating a new Flash movie with Adobe Flash CS4 (Trial). Importing the exported wmf. Handcraft a lot. Export as swf image.

This is an ugly workaround and hell of work. Also Adobe Flash CS4 is very expensive.
I also tried http://www.sothink.com/product/swfqui..., but this always crashed while importing (on Windows 7).

Please implement SVG or EMF support.
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I agree Adrian, but unfortunately I can't make the question un-answered. It isn't answered to my satisfaction, the support for PDF does not include all I need from SVG. If PDF did it, or I could convert to SWF in one step with free (OSS) software, that would be OK. Have you created a new "idea?"
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I put in another vote for svg graphics. It is an open format and supported by a number of free or inexpensive drawing tools. Many browsers support it and it is scalable which is the whole point of the Prezi visualization tool.
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But I think I saw a prezi that had a whole section on how great Vector images are, or was I dreaming?
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Doug

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I'd like SVG compatibility too.

I tried this program:
http://svg2swf.sourceforge.net/build....

But it's not working yet...
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Doug

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I got
http://svg2swf.sourceforge.net/build....
working on my Xubuntu (9.10 Karmic) laptop.

I followed the instructions but then when ./configure or compiling I found I needed to add a few extra packages. Here's my complete list in case anyone else tries svg2swf:
aptitude install libcairo-dev
aptitude install libglib2.0-dev
aptitude install libcurcl
aptitude install libcurl
aptitude install libcurl3-dev
aptitude install bison
aptitude install flex
aptitude install libexpat-dev
aptitude install libpng-dev
aptitude install libjpeg
aptitude install libjpeg-dev
aptitude install glibc-2.10-1
aptitude install libcurl-dev


When running the svg2swf binary I found that it couldn't find the just-built libraries. So, not sure if this is the right thing, but I:
cd /usr
ln -s local/lib/libsvg.so.1 lib/
ln -s local/lib/libming.so.1 lib/libming.so.1
ln -s local/lib/libsvg-cairo.so.1 lib/libsvg-cairo.so.1
ldconfig -v


And then svg2swf worked! However the text from my svg files were all messed up or lost in the swf files. So I had to go into inkscape and convert all text to path. This can be done with CTRL-A and then CTRL-SHIFT-C. Then converting the svg's to swf's worked.

Anyway, so far so good. Still would be nice if we didn't have to do this... svg support? :)
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Please can you provide a link to a linux i386 binary of svg2swf? I'm not able to compile it. I'm using Ubuntu too.
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Eckhard M. Jäger

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Here is a solution for Inkscape on Linux:
http://my.opera.com/area42/blog/inksc...
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No hope on Windows is there? Couldn't get the SVG2SWF exe to run - simply crashed
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If you have access to Win XP, try there. It also crashes for me on Vista.
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Another vote to SVG! :-)
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Régis B.

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I would also like to be able to insert SVG files in Prezi, either the online or the Desktop version. That would make perfect sense, I think.

Meanwhile, here is a way to convert svg to pdf: under Linux, I use Inkscape in command line:
inkscape file.svg --export-area-drawing --export-background=#ffffff --export-pdf=file.pdf
I am not sure the first two options are even necessary.
For those who are interested, I also developed a ruby script for auto-cropping pdf files. This is particularly useful for inserting equations in Prezi, in my experience: http://github.com/regisb/bazar/blob/m...
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another one for svg
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Seriously this isn't supported yet? The Prezi response is "to convert it to swf". You're joking? You want us to pay hundreds of dollars for a tool just to convert some images? Or, maybe you want us to use one of those tools out there on "google" that claims to convert?

Link me to one tool which can convert an svg to a pdf or swf that when imported into Prezi looks as it should.

This is ridiculous.
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SVG please!
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@peter maybe this could help http://code.google.com/p/svgweb/
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It seems that pdf support doesn't support transparency, that's a good reason for SVG support in my book!
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you could have all tried this, i didn't read every post but if you rasterize at 300ppi, RGB, transparent background, 'then' export as an SWF you get a very clean scalable image. and there are also no weird group/layering markings that show.
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@carl Weathers

The main problem for me is that I use inkscape (not flash), and I have no option to create an SWF. The only free software I know of that supports SWF exporting is OpenOffice Draw, and it comes out very strangely in Prezi.
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Doug

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@ptrsnja did you see my post above, re: svg2swf ? It takes a little bit to get working but I've had success with it...
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Doug,
svg2swf seems to depend on libsvg which I cannot find in the Ubuntu archive (there's librsvg but that doesn't seem the same thing). Where did you get libsvg from (did you take it out of CVS?) and did you have to compile it?
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Doug

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@slgeorge,
The instructions for building svg2swf instruct you to download and compile libsvg:
http://svg2swf.sourceforge.net/build....

And i've just retried on Xubuntu 10.4 (Lucid Lynx) and it works. The package list is a little different than my post above:

aptitude install libcairo-dev libglib2.0-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev bison flex libexpat-dev libpng-dev libjpeg-dev glibc-2.10-1 libcurl-dev

cheers,
Doug
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svg .... get on it prezi !!!
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One more request for SVG support. This would make adding graphics from free tools like InkScape a LOT easier. I'm not running Linux - and the complexity of compiling svf2swf is just too much...
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I've spend all weekend trying to figure this out. Very frustrating.
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I am also a fan of SVG and I think that providing an easy solution to import vector graphics is paramount for Prezi, as only vectors do scale. Which is the key feature of what we use this presentation software for, right?

The workaround for importing vector graphics from Inkscape I am currently using is exporting to PDF. There are some constraints, though, mainly caused by the lack of transparency in PDF:

1. You need to establish a rectangle plane matching the background of your Prezi if you want your shapes to look like they are embedded right onto the canvas of your Prezi.

2. You cannot use blur effects, meshes, everything that uses transparency in designing the graphics you want to export to PDF.

3. Complex graphics bog down the rendering engine of Prezi/my computer. If I zoom in or move around in areas where there are a lot of close up vectors, the zooming tends to be less smooth than in areas where only a few lines and curves are visible.
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Another one for SVG. I'm using the Drawing feature of Google Docs to build schemes and I don't want to go through the PDF conversion hassle. Also SVG just seems lighter and more reliable as a vector format. Can't get why it's still not supported since Prezi is a vector presentation tool.

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