The following is a list of some frequently asked questions, general inquiries, and support issues we receive regularly. For any unanswered questions or specific troubleshooting issues please write to us at: support[at]magictracer. To receive more accurate troubleshooting advice, include your system specifications with the email. You can also view the online documentation of the MagicTracer vector conversion program.
Who might use MagicTracer?
A: Architects & Drafters who want to import scanned blueprints or sketches into their favorite CAD program. Sign makers who want to convert an image file into a format that they can cut out with their vinyl cutter. Graphic Artists, Designers, Engravers, virtually anyone who has a graphic image that they want edit as lines and curves rather than as pixels can use MagicTracer.
I’m new to raster to vector conversion and your program may be what I need. How do I get started?
A: The steps you can take to get good vector output are included in the program Help file which comes with the free evaluation. The Getting Started Tutorials in the Help file give an overview of basic raster to vector conversion procedures you can build off from. You can also get more examples from the samples on this site, and view or download videos that demonstrate MagicTracer’s features. Also check out the tutorials for tips specific to vector conversion and MagicTracer’s large set of tools.
Why should I use MagicTracer instead of another auto-tracing program?
A: MagicTracer contains the tools you need for raster and vector all with a real-time preview to increase efficiency. The Overlay feature, similar to onion skinning, designed to improve the efficiency of working with both raster and vector data at the same time. The free demo allows you to completely evaluate the program since there is no limitation during the trial. The fully-functional demo allows you to see if MagicTracer truly fits your needs.
Can MagicTracer handle image scanning?
A: Yes, MagicTracer can acquire images from your scanner as long as the scanner is TWAIN compliant (that includes almost all scanners).
Does MagicTracer allow raster image editing?
A: Yes, while some images are already well-suited to vector conversion, others may require some preliminary cleanup. MagicTracer provides a handy selection of raster tools for preprocessing photos or other color images for vector conversion.
Will I be able to edit vectors in MagicTracer?
A: Yes, once the image has initially been traced into vector format, MagicTracer provides vector tools for tweaking results to get the desired output. Unwanted lines can simply be erased; imperfectly traced lines and arcs can be tweaked as desired to better represent the original shape. There is also a view-mode that overlays the original raster image in the background which can then be used as reference.
Is there a Macintosh OS X version of MagicTracer?
A: No, not at this moment. MagicTracer is currently only available for Windows. It is compatible with Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7.
Why do DXF files from MagicTracer import into my vector editing program without all the curves intact?
A: Some graphic design vector editors have trouble importing curves from the certain types of curves in DXF. If this problems occurs in your program just go to DXF Options under the Edit menu and check Save Curves As Lines. Saving the DXF with this setting will make sure the vector editor you are using will import all the lines from MagicTracer’s vector output.
Help! I’ve lost my Registration Number can you send it to me?
A: Yes, of course. These kind of things happen. Just email MagicTracer Support with your enquiry. Be sure to include your full name and your email address used for the original purchase. If we find a match for the information provided we will send your MagicTracer Registration Number to you right away.