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Author Could anyone here recommend an *Inexpensive* VECTOR Graphics program that can import Metafiles output from Genopro?
Posted Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - Post #7607
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Could anyone here recommend an *Inexpensive* VECTOR Graphics program that can import Metafiles output from Genopro?

Please don't name a Bitmap Graphics program like IrfanView, Paint Shop Pro etc.
These produce Bitmaps fromVector input.

It must be a VECTOR program similar to CorelDraw.
I have an old program called Top Draw which would be ideal but it will only import WMF's not the EMF's exported from Genopro.

I have tried graphic converters that claim to do EMF to WMF without success.


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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7608
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There are several programs to convert to other picture formats such as MetaCon Ver 1.0 B1. In Metacon you can put a picture into the background and convert both together to png, jpg or bmp formats.

I am not quite sure whether this is what you want.
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7609
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PNG, JPG and BMP are all RASTER formats that become "jaggy" when zoomed.

Metafiles are VECTOR formats based on co-ordinates not pixels.

I am looking for an inexpensvie graphics program that will preserve imported EMF or WMF files in Vector format.
Does anyone know of one?
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7610
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just out of courisity why

( i dont know any vector programs )
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7611
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To answer your question there is an example here:-
http://users.tpg.com.au/btgraham/files/phelan.pdf
It's a small download (50kb).
Rotate to the horizontal and zoom in Acrobat Reader to view.
The PDF was produced using a virtual PDF printer at 600dpi so it's still reasonably sharp when zoomed.

I've discovered that I can use my old Top Draw vector graphics program by selecting the required part of the diagram in Genopro and pasting into Top Draw with both applications open.
The map outlines were imported as Metafiles and the arrows, text and fills were added in Top Draw.
All data (diagrams, text, arrows and fills) can be rescaled, stretched in either direction or rotated as required.
Even the data in the Genogram - the name Edward (Ned) Phelan has been stretched in both directions and the colour changed - the notation (died aboard Mooltan) was added by clicking on the surname and typing in the additional text.

The page is a bit ornate - I just created it as an example of what a vector graphics program can do - there is nothing on the page that can't be edited, scaled, recoloured, rotated or moved.
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7612
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Have you looked at Zoner Draw 3? http://www.zoner.com/draw3/default.asp. This will import .wmf files and is freeware. If you want to import .emf, then Zoner Draw 4 ($49) will do so. The programs claim to be vector graphic editors.

There is also Serif DrawPlus 4 at http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/ which also claims to be a vector editor and will edit .wmf and .emf files. It requires online registration but is otherwise free.
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7613
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Thanks for the links Howard.

Unfortunately ZonerDraw does not allow the editing of imported or pasted Metafiles.

SerifDraw does allow editing but the import is poor - text is dropped and the square male gender symbols become broad arrows.
It does appear to be a good program for creating vector images though.

Looks like my old (Win3.1) Top Draw program is the best of the bunch - it's a small program but it has similar capabilites.
I'll continue the search.

Thanks again.
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7614
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I have one more suggestion. Microsoft now own Creature House and they have Expression 3 available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/. I have successfully opened up an .emf file exported from GenoPro OK for editing, although some of the objects appear on top when they should be hidden behind (if you see what I mean!) I presume this occurs depending on which object was added first in GenoPro.
I haven't tried to do too much with the program, but all the objects can be edited and the graphics and text are fully legible at high magnification.
It's worth giving it a try! Smile
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7615
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Just curious, what types of graphics you want to add to the genogram/family tree? Is it special text, images, arrows, curves?
Posted Thursday, August 18, 2005 - Post #7616
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All of the above plus the ability to be able to edit the Genogram.

Rescale text, symbols and line widths.
Group and ungroup items, move, rotate.
Change text fonts, colours, add additional lines of text to names and birthdates.
Add place of birth and death to individuals, photos, maps etc.

I have to develop a style for the output - I'm working on it.
The rough example added as a link in an earlier post:-
http://users.tpg.com.au/btgraham/files/phelan.pdf
gives some ideas but I didn't go all the way and edit the Genogram so it could be displayed over the graded fill background - so the background behind the text was left white.

My intention is to produce family groups on separate pages in PDF files - like a book that can be opened in a web browser.
The reports produced by Genopro were excellent for early versions of Windows but they don't work so well with XP - which is why I'm trying to find an alternative using PDF files which can be read universally and present no problems within a browser.

For the moment I'll get by with Top Draw as my graphic editor.

Howard:-
I tried the link to Expression but I need to be a registered user of the earlier version to download. But thanks for the link.


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