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Vector Magic

Bitmap to Vector Convertor

Published 06/06/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Mike Foster
What can you use the app for?

Vector Magic is a web based application which simplifies the process involved in vectorizing an image --traditionally a very time consuming and difficult task. Vector Magic offers a tracer application that converts raster (bitmap) images into vector images. Unlike some competing software services, Vector Magic is designed to be as simple as possible. Simply uploading your images and then following the instructions should be enough. Vectorization or tracing was always done by hand; Vector Magic is completely automated and can make this job much less time consuming and difficult.

Vector Magic also offers a number of output formats, including SVG, EPS and PDF.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The technology for Vector Magic was developed at Stanford, and the company was founded by James Diebel and Jacob Norda in 2007. The application used a combination of private investors and an investment fund to get started.

What are the differences to other apps?

Vector Magic is a very popular tracing tool for a number of reasons. The application is incredibly accurate when compared to other tools, it requires less image cleanup and has a very easy to use interface. It also allows users to convert their images to vector without the need to install or purchase additional software--everything that needs to be converted can be done via the web if needed.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

If you’ve ever used anything to convert a raster image into a vector image then you will know just how complicated the process can get. There are often dozens of confusing options and settings, making it hard to simply convert the file and move on with your work. Vector Magic makes vectorizing images easy--simply upload your image then click the buttons and follow the instructions on the screen until you get your finished vector image. Vector Magic does the rest, with limited cleanup required.

How does the registration process work?

Registering just requires you to enter your email address; a password is then automatically created and emailed to you. You can specify your own password if you want by clicking the small link just under the email text box. Once you have signed up you are given 2 free tokens to try the service out, after that however you will have to buy more. The registration sends an email that you have to confirm and read to get your password.

What does it cost to use the application?

When you sign up to the application you get 2 free credits to convert 2 images into vector format. However if you want any more then you will have to purchase either the software download, monthly subscription, or credit packs. It is still possible to purchase packs of 5, 10 or 20 credits rather than choosing a monthly subscription, it’s just harder to find the option to do that now. The software download allows an unlimited number of conversions without having to pay anything every month, this is however the most expensive option.

The full version, license software is available for $295.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Vector Magic is an ideal web application for people that want to convert raster images into vector formats; these are easier to scale without distorting and useful for a number of different purposes. Converting to vector can be done by hand, but it’s time consuming and a tedious job. Vector Magic makes the process easy, so it’s perfect for professionals and amateurs alike.

  • Accurate conversions of raster images to vector files
  • Downloadable version for unlimited conversions
  • Easy to use for both amateurs and professionals
  • Simple process with on screen instructions
  • Images are automatically created in a number of formats including PNG, PDF and SVG

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Vector Magic pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : $7.95
Most expensive plan (per month) : $7.95