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Figtoipe converts files in FIG format to Ipe's XML format.

Friday, March 22, 2013

ip-linux-networknutsFigtoipe is a program that reads FIG files (as generated by xfig) and generates an XML file readable by the Ipe editor.

The auxiliary program figtoipe converts a figure in FIG format into an Ipe XML-file. This is useful if you used to make figures with Xfig before discovering Ipe, of if your co-authors made figures for your article with Xfig (converting them will have the added benefit of forcing your co-authors to learn to use Ipe). Finally, there are quite a number of programs that can export to FIG format, and figtoipe effectively turns that into the possibility of exporting to Ipe.

However, figtoipe is not quite complete. The drawing models of FIG and Ipe are also somewhat different, which makes it impossible to properly render some FIG files in Ipe. Ipe does not support depth ordering independent of grouping, pattern fill, and Postscript fonts. You may therefore have to edit the file after conversion.

Figtoipe is not part of the Ipe distribution. You can download and build it separately. figtoipe is now maintained by Alexander Bürger.

       figtoipe  converts  files  in FIG format (as created, e.g., by xfig) to
       Ipe's XML format.
       figtoipe is not complete.  The main lacking feature is  the  conversion
       of  splines.   Arc-boxes  are  replaced  by  rectangles.   Feel free to
       improve this version!
       The drawing models of FIG and Ipe are somewhat different.  Ipe does not
       support  depth  ordering  independent  of  grouping,  pattern fill, and
       Postscript fonts.
       figtoipe tries to include images specified in the XFIG file.  For  JPEG
       pictures, it tries include the compressed image data into the XML file.
       For files not recognized as JPEG, anytopnm is  called;  its  output  is
       compressed  and included in the XML file. Some output of anytopnm might
       be rejected (e.g. images larger than 5000x5000 pixels or B&W  bitmaps),
       or misunderstood.
       -g group the figure in the output XML
       -p latex
              add latex as a preamble to the generated XML file, e.g.

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