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Re: GIMP vs. rsvg-convert for building PSPP

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: GIMP vs. rsvg-convert for building PSPP
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2022 07:41:41 -0700

rsvg-convert does produce files with transparency. Its output looks good to me.

On Sat, Jul 23, 2022, 6:53 AM Friedrich Beckmann <> wrote:
Hi Ben,

the only thing I remember what to consider was that the resulting image file has correct transparent settings for the background. When I tried an alternative ages ago the resulting bitmap files did not have a transparent background.



> Am 22.07.2022 um 20:48 schrieb Ben Pfaff <>:
> PSPP currently uses GIMP to generate PNGs from SVGs. GIMP is
> heavyweight, slow, and commonly not installed on developer systems, so
> we run it from Smake as pre-configuration.
> There's a newer program called rsvg-convert that is much more commonly
> available these days. It is lightweight, fast, and more commonly
> installed (it is a binary that comes with the rsvg library, which is
> itself widely used). It produces good-quality output. I think that we
> could switch to it from GIMP, run it at build time instead of as part
> of Smake, and thereby improve the build process.
> Does anyone have comments on this?

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