Extended Raster export support please (e.g. JPG)

Bug #171390 reported by Bumeshrai on 2006-07-04
This bug affects 14 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Nominated for 0.48.x by doo
inkscape (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Is it possible to include 'Export' to jpeg, gif or png

Stefan-fkp (stefan-fkp) wrote :

Using JPEG is strongly discouraged, because of the lossy
compression. You will lose information during conversion.
PNG export is already included, perhaps you didn't load the
appropriate plugin. GIF is also discouraged, because it is
limited to 256 colours. I recommend to export to png from
the Gxsm-menu or use the nctopng-executable or the
python-converter script, that is documented in the manual.

Possible idea for Gxsm3: Include an interface to Imagemagick.

Stefan-fkp (stefan-fkp) wrote :

Oops, sorry, that's the problem with too many open tabs.
I answered in the wrong forum. My answer is only half valid.
Sorry for the inconvinience.

Bumeshrai (bumeshrai) wrote :


I like to compliment you for the excellent product !!!!

Horkana-users (horkana-users) wrote :

I did a quick check for JPEG support and strangley it seems
no one else has filed a request for this. (searched for jpg
and jpeg)

I have raised the priority way up since gdkpixbuf already
includes JPEG (and PNG) support built in to GTK so it seems
odd that no one has gotten around to adding support yet.

As a rule you are better off to use PNG as it does not lose
any image quality.
As a workaround there are many programs that will allow you
to convert PNG to other formats.

Jpeg export support would be fantastic. I use Inkscape to
make my wife's business cards, and then print them as photos
at Costco or similar (she's a photographer and her cards are
photos with text and logo overlaid). Those places often take
only Jpeg images.

Currently, I have to export from Inkscape, then convert with
the Gimp so I can print them.

Bug Importer (bug-importer) wrote :

> As a workaround there are many programs that will
> allow you to convert PNG to other formats.

If the Png exporter was made into an extension it would be
possible to create new extensions depending on it and thus
add all these Jpeg, Gif, Tiff, ... bitmap formats people are
asking for. Wouldn't that be a "better" path than depending
on what gdkpixbuf supports?

Horkana-users (horkana-users) wrote :

gdkpixbuf is the proper way to support the basic raster
formats. I wont spend more time responding to an anonymous
comment. In the end it is up to the developers to decide.

Bug Importer (bug-importer) wrote :

While it may be useful, couldn't you just re-encode the PNG using the GIMP
or something?

Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Originator: NO

"Gdk-pixbuf currently supports PNG, XPM, JPEG, TIFF,
PNM, RAS, BMP, and even the patented GIF format"

Horkana-users (horkana-users) wrote :

Originator: NO

please try to avoid adding any further "me too" comments,
I think all the relevant issues have been thoroughly explained at this

> couldn't you just re-encode the PNG using the GIMP or something?

that would be the currently recommended workaround

similarly the current recommended work around for cut and paste between
applications is to save/export and then open in the other application.

just because something is possible doesn't mean it is anywhere close to
user friendly not to mention easy. the inkscape developers care about

it also doesn't hurt that this functionality is pretty much included as
standard and many users are crying out for even more raster graphics
functionality in Inkscape (Macromedia built Fireworks, a whole raster
graphics application on top of a vector engine). Better interoperability
with other programs like GIMP and Blender would certianly help but users
very much enjoy using Inkscape and generally prefer not to have to switch
out to another application.

Mred-bog (mred-bog) wrote :

Originator: NO

Export to JPG Format is very important too.

Ryan Lerch (ryanlerch) on 2007-11-28
Changed in inkscape:
status: New → Confirmed
John Cliff (johncliff) on 2007-12-07
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Critical → Wishlist

I changed the description of this feature request from:
"JPEG (.jpg) export support please"
"Extended Raster export support please"

because it is a common request to have more bitmap exports other than just PNG format.

Ryan Lerch (ryanlerch) wrote :

marked 171390 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/175761) as a duplicate of this feature request. feature request details are summarised below.

Patrick Hart wrote
export to CYMK file formats - I dont know how hard that would be, but makes life sending stuff to the commercial printers that require CMYK instead of RGB much easier.
I have been searching for file formats that contain the CMYK colorspace... I was only able to find the that the TIFF and JFIF formats supports CMYK. Both formats also support RGB

John Cliff (johncliff) wrote :

have gdk_pixbuf as the means of export pretty much working in my svn copy. just need to resolve ui for selecting formats, and one issue wrt dpi.

Changed in inkscape:
assignee: bryce-users → johncliff
pbhj (pbhj) wrote :

this feature is requested a lot in the "answers" - would seem sensible to add even if the initial offering didn't allow quality to be altered, etc..

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex) wrote :

@John - are you still working on a patch for this?

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in inkscape:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Baltech (robert-hoelzl) wrote :

Sorry, I accidentially clicked the "change status" link...

Changed in inkscape:
status: Triaged → Confirmed
status: Confirmed → New
jazzynico (jazzynico) on 2011-03-15
Changed in inkscape:
status: New → Triaged
pbhj (pbhj) wrote :

Is this a WONTFIX bug? Still seems like quite a useful feature. For me it's only a couple of steps to create a JPEG but I see this as a big barrier for less experienced users. I'm not a programmer but I almost think that I should have a go at this one - seems like it could be an easy (easier!) fix than almost anything else?

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

pbhj wrote
> Is this a WONTFIX bug?

No. See <http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Bug_management#Bug_status> and <https://help.launchpad.net/Bugs/Statuses> for the meaning of 'Triaged'. The feature request is _not_ marked as 'Won't Fix'.

pbhj (pbhj) wrote :

Sorry ~suv, I realised what the given status is.

What I was wondering was if in fact "the project has no plans to fix it". Which is cool with me BTW. Or was it that someone claimed it in 2007 and since then no one wanted to disrespect them and jump in to try an alternate patch?

insaner (insaner) wrote :

is there a way to contact johncliff to ask for the patch? or is it just that nobody has tried the obvious ways?

su_v (suv-lp) on 2014-12-18
tags: added: bitmap
Patrick Storz (ede123) on 2018-10-08
summary: - Extended Raster export support please
+ Extended Raster export support please (e.g. JPG)
Changed in inkscape:
assignee: John Cliff (johncliff) → nobody

Fyi, for those looking for such a feature, there is an extension which provides JPG export.

Oh, well actually I found 2. I'm not sure if they both work with the current version of Inkscape. If anyone finds out, maybe you could add a comment here? Anyway for what it's worth, here they are:


Instructions for installing external extensions: https://inkscape.org/en/learn/faq/#how-install-new-extensions-palettes-document-templates-symbol-sets-icon-sets-etc

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