SVG Kit for Adobe(R) Creative Suite (TM)

Our SVG Kit provides the direct support of SVG format for Adobe Creative Suite and gives you freedom in dealing with vector graphics in the programs you use for publishing business workflow.

Challenge

Some of our customers are well-known publishing companies who are using InDesign for years to publish materials for conferences and travel agencies and it is crucial for them to work with SVG images. Over 5 years ago, Adobe family stopped supporting SVG-based images except for Adobe Illustrator. For the company that is using automated publishing and printing processes, there is not much space for converting formats and reprogramming robotic software to prepare the materials to be published. That is why we decided to develop our own plugin to support SVG format for Adobe Creative Suite programs.

Approach

Our SVG editor plugin is designed to implement some InDesign low-level interfaces like IScriptingObject, IShape and other. It is not a conversion tool: it is the true implementation of the SVG format in InDesign on the same level as it supports EPS images. The solution we created treats SVG as a custom PageItem. You are able to place it in any location of InDesign program. It could be a frame, text, table cell or any other insertion point.

SVG plugin converts the image into a raster one every time you need it for InDesign. The same mechanism is applied to produce a vector image. You could export it to EPS or PDF and SVG Kit turns it into SVG. You could place SVG images using JavaScript (JSX) or VBScript/Applescript/ and it will still be a vector image. Our solution provides additional functionality for InDesign standard effects; you could also export HTML as well.

The only disadvantage is that once you are working with SVG images in InDesign, all your colleagues who work with the same document also need our Adobe SVG plugin to see the image in the document. Otherwise, InDesign will blame the document and inform other users that they need SVG Kit being installed.

SVG Kit uses Java and Apache Batik to manipulate SVG files. We added CMYK colors support to handle the pantones in SVG images accurately. Read more on the SVG Kit product page.

We also implemented SVG mobile support in a small and efficient library SVG Kit for Android.

 

Highlights

SVG Kit plugin provides the following functionality:

  • Support of Adobe InDesign and Adobe InDesign Server
  • Support of all InDesign effects
  • Support of Adobe InCopy
  • Support of Adobe Photoshop
  • Support of Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • SVG Kit splits images, imported into Photoshop into layers. Support of opacity for eeach layer
  • Support of MacOS X
  • Support of SVG output formats for InCopy and InDesign
  • Support of SVG specs (1.0 – 1.2)
  • Support of SVGZ files
  • Ability to keep SVG image in vector format: no indirect rasterization or quality loss
  • Support of EPS, PDF, and PS output formats for InCopy and InDesign
  • Support of rich set of composites and gradients
  • Advanced support for Inkscape files and Adobe Illustrator
  • Flattener support for PS/EPS and PDF images
  • Vectorized output in PS/EPS, no rasterization
  • Support of huge documents
  • Availability for fully-functional evaluation versions

Result

Direct support of SVG format for Adobe Creative Suite

We were able to create a highly functional and unique plugin that is widely appreciated by the leading publishing companies worldwide. It is easy to install our solution to any of the Adobe-based programs, including InDesign and Photoshop, and use SVG images without limitations. SVG Kit solution is very convenient to use as it prevents you from converting SVG into EPS every time you need it. It works with SVG images in InDesign natively, by placing the SVG image on the page. If you apply any changes to the SVG image, they are reflected in InDesign file. You can also apply all commands and effects to SVG images.

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