RasterVect Software has released RasterVect, the professional raster to vector conversion program (vectorizer).
The purpose of RasterVect is to quickly convert uneditable scanned paper drawings into accurate vector files for editing (as a CAD drawing) in any CAD program. It saves the converted file as one of these vector formats: DXF, WMF, EMF, EPS or AI. Once converted, they can be read by any CAD program that supports these formats, including AutoCAD, Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Microstation, VectorWorks, TrueCAD, FastCAD and many others.
It's a direct replacement for traditional tracing and digitizing. It saves a lot of time. It is quicker than tracing with a digitizer.
You will probably be able to load a raster file (like BMP, TIFF, PCX -file) into your CAD program - nowadays most CAD programs can import and display raster files. However, once you have imported a raster file into your CAD program you will find that all you can do is look at it or trace over it. You cannot change or edit it.
This is because CAD programs can only work with vector files. If you want to edit a raster file in your CAD program you must first convert it to a vector file. You do this using raster to vector conversion software.
Once you have converted the raster file to vector you will be able to import it into your CAD program and edit it just like any other drawing you have created using your CAD program.
The list below summarises the process of converting a paper drawing to a CAD drawing using a raster to vector converter:
RasterVect saves many hours of tedious work.
The best way to find out whether RasterVect will work for you is to try it using one of your own scanned drawings and the free RasterVect trial version.
Once you can see the conversion results for yourself you will be able to answer the question - "Is it quicker to edit a converted drawing in my CAD program or will I be better off redrawing the whole thing from scratch?"
If you are using RasterVect it will usually be quicker to use this vectorizer and edit the results than to digitize, trace or redraw a whole drawing from scratch. However there will be times when the original quality of the scanned drawing makes vectorization and subsequent editing a practical impossiblity. This is true for all raster to vector conversion programs, none of which perform magic.
Automatic vectorizing is not perfect. It does, however, provide a way of getting a paper drawings into your CAD program for quick and easy editing. It may not give you excellent results every time. But when it does it is a very useful tool to have on your computer.
This software is not reviewed yet.
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