Progressbar while tracing/vectorising a bitmap

Bug #171252 reported by Bug Importer
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Bug Description

You know, sometimes putting a bmp or jpg file into
vector graphics takes some time, and it would be very
cool to have an idea of the progress and to estimate
when it will finish. Many thanks and keep up the
excellent job you've done so far, Inkscape is really

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Molumen (molumen) wrote :

I'd say that having a progress bar for ALL processes is even
better: some processes on complex objects can take up to
several minutes to achieve, so it is very "user friendly" to
have one.

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Horkana-users (horkana-users) wrote :

As molumen mentioned any long lived operation should show a
progress bar and give the option to Cancel.

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future requests.

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Vonhalenbach (vonhalenbach) wrote :

I agree with horkana.

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Horkana-users (horkana-users) wrote :

there is another bug report requesting more progress
information in general (which I intend to leave open
seperate to this request) and in it the reporter mentions
the specific task of unlinking a large group of clones.

it may be helpful to go to that report (just search for
"progress") and mention other operations which are very
slow. this may also provide useful suggestion to any
developers interested in improving performance problems
irrespective of any efforts to provide more progress feedback.

on closer inspection i noticed potrace is also available in
the form of a library

If the potrace functionality in inkscape was rewritten to
use the library rather than wrapping the command line
utilities as then perhaps it would then be possible to
provide reasonable progress information
such a rewrite might also help integrate potrace in other
wasy and maybe make it easier to have potrace on other
platforms but it does seem like a whole lot of work for very
little visible gain.

vonHalenbach (lustik)
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Medium → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
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Kattekrab (donna) wrote :

adding my voice to the chorus - progress bar for tasks that take a while would be a very good thing.
I've recently forced quit a few traces coz it just takes too long.

So - a progress bar - and a way to cancel an operation without having to crash the app (and lose work) would be great.

Thanks guys - I can't tell you how much I love inkscape. It truly is a marvel of open source, and you are all deities.

su_v (suv-lp)
tags: added: tracing
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grey tomorrow (gtomorrow) wrote :

Hi - thanks for reporting this bug, I've manually migrated it to Inkscape's new bug tracker on GitLab, and closed it here.

Please feel free to file new bugs about the issues you're seeing at .

Moved to:
Closed by:

tags: added: bug-migration
Changed in inkscape:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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