inklayers VS vpype

Compare inklayers vs vpype and see what are their differences.


inklayers is a command line program that exports layers from an SVG file. It can be used to create slide shows by editing a single SVG file. (by toolleeo)
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  • Axidraw / Inkscape masking problem
    2 projects | | 13 Jan 2023
    If your polygons are closed you can try using vpype with the occult plug in to automatically remove invisible paths. The catch is that they really need to be closed polygons and not lines. There may be another plug in that does handle lines though.
  • Islamic Geometric Art (Design #30 from Anadolu Selçuklu Sanatinin Geometrik Dili)
    5 projects | | 9 Nov 2022
    The basics: I generated this plot via a program I wrote. That program was written in Javascript, using the p5.js library for drawing lines and stuff, and canvas-sketch to generate the SVG for plotting. I passed the SVG through vpype to merge & sort the lines, and then connected to the AxiDraw using saxi. Not knowing where you're at, those are a good choice to get started—Javascript is an okay language, and p5.js is really good for just getting stuff appearing on the page. And you can just start with the first 2, and add vpype and saxi later.
  • Ask HN: Software to turn black and white image into plottable SVG?
    3 projects | | 9 Oct 2022
    Ah, very nice.

    That should reduce the effort needed to something you might be able to make quick work of, yourself, with some thought.

    this website [1] recommends a tool called vpype [2] which might have an option to do what you need or might be able to be tweaked to do what you need



  • [Help] Cropping SVG problem
    2 projects | | 25 Sep 2022
    vpype: occult plugin for vpype:
  • What is your workflow and goto code libraries?
    2 projects | | 5 Sep 2022
  • Chrysalide
    3 projects | | 27 Mar 2022
    It is generated with code only. I scale, rotate and translate a random polygon, then remove hidden lines with occult, a plugin I made for vpype (worth checking for SVG optimization).
  • Problem with installing Pretty Maps
    3 projects | | 21 Jan 2022
    pip install git+ to user installation because normal site-packages is not writeableCollecting vsketch Cloning to /tmp/pip-install-z2f8qeqh/vsketch_476eb7b32e4a43e9ae29175d979f1267 Running command git clone --filter=blob:none -q /tmp/pip-install-z2f8qeqh/vsketch_476eb7b32e4a43e9ae29175d979f1267 Resolved to commit 1f28fa8fa491a574d04cbe80ae82f61e3b3d17fb Installing build dependencies ... done Getting requirements to build wheel ... done Preparing metadata (pyproject.toml) ... doneCollecting vpype[all]@ git+[email protected] Cloning (to revision e8aab428b6790de03e36cd51aa30ca0612a38d87) to /tmp/pip-install-z2f8qeqh/vpype_529e4b4779de41eb909706b17c4bafe5 Running command git clone --filter=blob:none -q /tmp/pip-install-z2f8qeqh/vpype_529e4b4779de41eb909706b17c4bafe5 Running command git rev-parse -q --verify 'sha^e8aab428b6790de03e36cd51aa30ca0612a38d87' Running command git fetch -q e8aab428b6790de03e36cd51aa30ca0612a38d87 Resolved to commit e8aab428b6790de03e36cd51aa30ca0612a38d87 Installing build dependencies ... done Getting requirements to build wheel ... done Preparing metadata (pyproject.toml) ... doneRequirement already satisfied: Shapely[vectorized]<2.0.0,>=1.7.1 in ./.local/lib/python3.10/site-packages (from vsketch) (1.8.0)Collecting bezier>=2021.2.12 Using cached bezier-2021.2.12.tar.gz (313 kB) Preparing metadata ( ... error ERROR: Command errored out with exit status 1: command: /usr/bin/python -c 'import io, os, sys, setuptools, tokenize; sys.argv[0] = '"'"'/tmp/pip-install-z2f8qeqh/bezier_a73eda2d953941fea05d9db7413b7234/'"'"'; __file__='"'"'/tmp/pip-install-z2f8qeqh/bezier_a73eda2d953941fea05d9db7413b7234/'"'"';f = getattr(tokenize, '"'"'open'"'"', open)(__file__) if os.path.exists(__file__) else io.StringIO('"'"'from setuptools import setup; setup()'"'"');code ='"'"'\r\n'"'"', '"'"'\n'"'"');f.close();exec(compile(code, __file__, '"'"'exec'"'"'))' egg_info --egg-base /tmp/pip-pip-egg-info-t3gbjrvl cwd: /tmp/pip-install-z2f8qeqh/bezier_a73eda2d953941fea05d9db7413b7234/ Complete output (1 lines): The BEZIER_INSTALL_PREFIX environment variable must be set. ----------------------------------------WARNING: Discarding (from Command errored out with exit status 1: python egg_info Check the logs for full command output.ERROR: Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement bezier>=2021.2.12 (from vsketch) (from versions: 0.0.1, 0.1.0, 0.1.1, 0.2.0, 0.2.1, 0.3.0, 0.4.0, 0.5.0, 0.6.0, 0.6.1, 0.6.2, 0.6.3, 0.6.4, 0.7.0, 0.8.0, 0.9.0, 0.10.0, 0.11.0, 2020.1.14, 2020.2.3, 2020.5.19, 2021.2.12)ERROR: No matching distribution found for bezier>=2021.2.12
  • Cats
    2 projects | | 6 Oct 2021
  • Pen plotters: not just output devices
    3 projects | | 5 May 2021
    if you want to see how it's done in modern plotters/CNC, Bart Dring's [Grbl_ESP32]( is fairly easy to follow with good docs. I have one of Bart's plotters, as I don't have space or money for an Axidraw with all my other old plotters around the place.

    For actual optimization of input files, [vpype]('s the one most people use.

    Going back to really old/simple plotters, there wasn't enough code space to do any optimization. For example, the (fairly terrible) Commodore 1520 roll paper plotter had 2KB of ROM for all the 6502-compatible code its micro-controller used. When I first looked into the [firmware](, I was pretty shocked that it printed text by scanning a table of character data from the start every time. Then I realized that even storing pointers for each character would use up about ⅛ of total storage, and the mechanical plotter mechanism was always way behind anything the code could do. So small mattered more than efficient

What are some alternatives?

When comparing inklayers and vpype you can also consider the following projects:

vsketch - Generative plotter art environment for Python

Grbl_Esp32 - A port of Grbl CNC Firmware for ESP32

vpype-pixelart - Pixel art plotting in vpype

Generative-Art - A selection of generative art scripts written in Python

VSCode-LaTeX-Inkscape - ✍️ A way to integrate LaTeX, VS Code, and Inkscape in macOS

WebPlotDigitizer - HTML5 based online tool to extract numerical data from plot images.

prettymaps - A small set of Python functions to draw pretty maps from OpenStreetMap data. Based on osmnx, matplotlib and shapely libraries.

InkRasterPerspective - Apply a perspective transformation to a raster image inside Inkscape (no need to use an external software such as GIMP or Krita).

vegetable - Vegetable contains a design/definition of a Vector Graphic that allows it to easily render it as equally an spaced point cloud/sequence. From this, vegetable offers a way to read .ttf font files, and render their glyphs into point clouds/sequences.

inkstitch - Ink/Stitch: an Inkscape extension for machine embroidery design

PyInquirer - A Python module for common interactive command line user interfaces

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