Short: Transform bitmaps into vector graphics
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Selinger), port by uploader
Uploader: polluks+aminet sdf lonestar org (Stefan Haubenthal)
Potrace is a tool for tracing a bitmap, which means, transforming a
bitmap into a smooth, scalable image. The input is a bitmap (PBM,
PGM, PPM, or BMP), and the output is one of several vector file
formats. A typical use is to create SVG or PDF files from scanned
data, such as company or university logos, handwritten notes, etc.
The resulting image is not "jaggy" like a bitmap, but smooth. It can
then be rendered at any resolution.
Potrace can currently produce the following output formats: SVG, PDF,
EPS, PostScript, DXF, GeoJSON, PGM (for easy antialiasing of
pixel-based images), Gimppath, and XFig. Additional backends might be
added in the future.
A separate program, mkbitmap, is also provided. This program can act
as a pre-processor for Potrace, applying scaling and various filters
to an image before converting it to a bitmap. This is useful for
potracing greyscale and color images.