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Vasek Matyska
04-14-2019, 10:36 AM
Hi and good day to all good people

I dont have full access to Corel and I dont have the funds to buy my own, so I was searching some replacement that can export svg for EZcad and will not be total rubbish. Found Inkscape - total rubbish. Some other apps, but nothing worked out fine. I was giving up but recently...

I needed to put some vectors in Canva (free graphic tool for FB, Insta posts etc - canva.com) but I was unsuccessful. I asked co-developer and he told me to try this free app - Gravit Designer (www.designer.io (http://www.designer.io)) and just import and export svg with no changes. For my own surprise it worked out fine, I can use this export in Canva, oh yeah!

Then idea came up, I tryed to use Gravit Designer .svg export for EZcad... IT WORKS!

90% of .svg exports came out with no problem at all, instantly hatchable. 10% exports came out little messy, but easily repairable, hatchable aswell.

Now I can take a picture with my phone, trace it with Adobe Capture iOS app, export as svg, re-export as svg in Gravit Designer, put in EZcad and hatch, all done in minutes and for free.

Do you guys have any experience with Gravit Designer? Any other free replacement for Corel out there?

William Adams
04-14-2019, 12:06 PM
I've used it a bit, and kicked in money back when then developers were stumping for money as Quasado.

It's nice in that it's modeled on Macromedia Freehand, and costs less than Serif's Affinity Designer.

The other notable free/opensource vector editors are:

- Inkscape
- Cenon --- for Linux or Mac OS X
- Krita --- also includes painting features

There are a number of SVG-specific sites:

- http://www.drawsvg.org
- http://vectorpaint.yaks.co.nz
- http://editor.method.ac
- https://boxy-svg.com
- https://glyphter.com

(more listed at: https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/CAD#Opensource )

Vasek Matyska
04-14-2019, 12:27 PM
I tried Inkscape but svg/dxf export is unusable in EZcad, comes out as total rubbish. Or am I doing something wrong? Gravit Designer solved that, exports come out fine. Will try others you mentioned, thank you, William :)

Julian Ashcroft
04-14-2019, 2:55 PM
I exports dxf files all the time from Inkscape and they import fine into EZCAD.

Vasek Matyska
04-29-2019, 3:33 PM
Hmm :( I have different experience with Incscape.


Two different vectors, left is .dxf export from Incscape, middle is .svg export from Incscape, right is .svg export from Gravit Designer, all imported to EZCad and hatched. You can see why I dont use Incscape.

Why does this happen? Is there version issue?

Thanks for all replies

Kev Williams
04-29-2019, 5:32 PM
My computer don't like cloud based crap I guess-- after issues started cropping up with PDF's about 2 years ago, where pristine finished vector art blueprints exported to PDF began importing as total unusable garbage, I decided maybe I should pay for Adobe. Been paying for 9 months now and I just need to cancel it. The program usually crashes upon loading, and when it doesn't, it takes minutes to open a 5kb file...and when it finally does, open, it's garbage.

So I just downloaded this Gravit thing... glad it works for you Vasek, for me it's acting just like Adobe... I was a bit put off that I had to log into my google account just to use it, and when I opened a 12kb PDF file of a 9 x 4" plate with 4 holes, 8 words and a logo, it took 30 to 40 seconds of 'not responding' ghost-screen time to clear its throat and rotate the image. Then it froze.

I was hoping maybe working with something new might be a way around some of these issues...

William Adams
04-29-2019, 6:47 PM
Inkscape has worked fine for me when making SVGs --- strange that the same file in the same format from two different apps is so different.

I'd suggest trying simple files and adding complexity until you determine where the disconnect is.

You don't need to use the cloud version of GraviT --- the offer versions which can be downloaded and installed locally: https://www.designer.io/#download