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I was wondering if anyone might use an open source vector program (Inkscape, etc.) with GIS for mapping tasks, like you would Illustrator. I'm wondering about the ability to import/export files without losing spatial reference etc.

Any experience with this? <_<

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I've never used Inkscape, but keep meaning to get around to playing with it, especially since reading last year that it was about ready for serious use, i.e. use as a professional replacement for Illustrator. I too am interested in other's experiences using Inkscape in cartographic design and production.

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I have in the past... Wasn't exactly easy. But you can export the EPS from a GIS and bring it into Inkscape. But getting it back into GIS format usually requires re-rectifying it.

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I have in the past... Wasn't exactly easy. But you can export the EPS from a GIS and bring it into Inkscape. But getting it back into GIS format usually requires re-rectifying it.

This is true for most of the Vector art software, except may be MapPublisher and Illustrator. I have not used MapPublisher.

But I really do not know if one can import back a map into GIS after graphic manipulations, say converting point connected lines and shapes to Bezier curves as in Illustrator.

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