[PD] pd -> svg

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Sun May 5 10:53:25 CEST 2013

Used can2svg from Mats Bengtsson and got a nice result.  You can open it in a browser, zoom it, select text.  It's about 3x larger than pd file.  Probably wouldn't be too difficult to parse and turn most of the pddplinks into real links.

What happened to pdpedia?  If it's still around maybe I can script this to do all the pd-ext help files and make a nice online resource.  It'd probably be more powerful to parse pd files directly to svg but that's a bigger project.


----- Original Message -----
> From: Jonathan Wilkes <jancsika at yahoo.com>
> To: PD List <pd-list at iem.at>
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> Sent: Friday, May 3, 2013 1:40 PM
> Subject: [PD] pd -> svg
> A few points:
> * you can open svg in a browser
> * you can _zoom_ svg in a browser for decent results (it's a vector drawing)
> * in safari you can select text in an svg (but not Firefox because of a bug, 
> although you can stil <ctrl-c> it)
> * much (but not all) of tk canvas has corresponding drawing instructions in 
> svg.  unless i'm missing something the subset of tk canvas commands used by 
> Pd all have corresponding instructions in svg
> Here's what I want to do (in Debian Wheezy):
> 1) Open pd-extended
> 2) Create new patch
> 3) Create [f]
> 4) Right click to open up float-help.pd (PDDP revised version)
> 5) Click print and save to test.ps
> 6) in cli type:
> pstoedit -f plot-svg test.ps test.svg
> But I get this error:
> **** Warning: glyf overlaps cmap, truncating.
> Anyone know what this means?  It ends up cropping the top and bottom of the 
> patch.  Google search for the error doesn't help much.
> In the future it'd probably be better to parse a *.pd file directly to 
> convert to svg, but if I can convert a ps to svg like this I think I can script 
> it and get some nice looking online searchable documentation with very little 
> work. :)
> -Jonathan
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