Potracegui is a GUI interface for potrace and autotrace, great programs for tracing bitmapped images.

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And Autotrace homepage

What is it?

Potracegui is a GUI interface for potrace and autotrace, two programs for tracing bitmapped images. It really doesn't do much, all the dirt work is done by potrace and autotrace, my app is simply an interface: it collects informations in an easy way (hopefully) and then it launches potrace or autotrace with all the relevant options. Potrace and autotrace, on the contrary, are great apps for tracing so that they can be scaled, rotated, and transformed in general, without loss of quality.


So why should I use it?

Well, using a GUI sometimes is more comfortable (particularly if working with images), even if I'm a strong supporter of command-line programs. On the other hand, Potracegui (thanks to Jakub Stachowski) can now load remote files (web, ftp...), use any image format recognized by KDE (potrace uses only a few bitmapped formats) and support drag and drop.


  • 18-07-2005: Version 1.3.4. Quick bugfix.
  • 16-07-2005: Version 1.3.3. Quick bugfix.
  • 16-07-2005: Version 1.3.2. Added image zooming and B&W conversion.
  • 07-04-2005: Potracegui now is officially part of Debian
  • 04-03-2005: Version 1.3. Thanks to Tim Fechtner (Tim<dot>Fechtner<at>gmx<dot>de) potracegui can be internationalized. Tim also provided a German translation. Thanks
  • 22-12-2004: Version 1.2. Potracegui now supports autotrace!!
  • 10-9-2004: Version 1.1. Redesigned the window so that it can be viewed easily even on smaller displays
  • 3-6-2004: New major release. Changed interface to SDI, added immediate preview plus all the older features.
  • 21-4-2004: Released version 0.5.1. Fixed a bug that prevented compilation (repored by Yannick Roehlly).
  • 21-4-2004: Released version 0.5. Applied patches by Jakub Stachowski: now Potracegui supports drag and drop.
  • 17-4-2004: Released version 0.4. Applied patches by Jakub Stachowski: now Potracegui can load remote files and use any image recognized by KDE!! thanks Jakub!



Latest version

potracegui latest version is 1.3.2

Source code

You can download it in SourceForge download page for potracegui.

Debian package

Thanks to Christoph Wegscheider (christoph<dot>wegscheider<at>wegi<dot>net) Potracegui is part of Debian now.

You can download it here.

FreeBSD port

There is a FreeBSD port of potracegui, you can download it here. Thanks to Markus Brueffer.


Potracegui is installed with the usual:

make install

Installation on SuSE linux + kde 3.1 or KDE 3.2

If you are using SuSE, you have to specify to configure the directory where KDE is installed (/opt/kde3):

./configure --prefix=/opt/kde3
make install

Installation on Mandrake 9.2 with KDE3.2 (thanks to Mr YouP)

If you are using Mandrake and NVIDIA drivers, you have to consider two problems before compiling Potracegui:

  • Potracegui expects to find the library /usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.la, but in this distribution the library is installed in /usr/lib/libGL.la. All you have to do is symlink it:

    cd /usr/X11R6/lib
    ln -s /usr/lib/libGL.la .
  • If you are using NVIDIA driver, in its release 5328, read the bug report on this link.


I'm Antonio Fasolato. If you want to contact me , my email is (no spammers PLEASE!!!)


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