Are matplotlib paths equivalent to svg paths?

Hi,

I have some SVGs with closed Bezier curve paths that I’d like to convert to matplotlib paths.

For example, here is some code: https://gist.github.com/moorepants/4cac02e798446bb46de7

The above script runs but the resulting path in matplotlib is less smooth that when opened in inkscape, for example. I’ve attached screenshots.

I’m not sure why there is a difference.

Any suggestions to get my matplotlib curves looking as smooth as they do in SVG format?

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Jason
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Here is a (limited) SVG path parser I made some time ago:

https://github.com/rougier/LinuxMag-HS-2014/blob/master/matplotlib/firefox.py

The svg_parse function might just do what you're trying to achieve.

Nicolas

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On 04 Mar 2015, at 20:51, Jason Moore <moorepants@...287...> wrote:

Hi,

I have some SVGs with closed Bezier curve paths that I'd like to convert to matplotlib paths.

For example, here is some code: https://gist.github.com/moorepants/4cac02e798446bb46de7

The above script runs but the resulting path in matplotlib is less smooth that when opened in inkscape, for example. I've attached screenshots.

I'm not sure why there is a difference.

Any suggestions to get my matplotlib curves looking as smooth as they do in SVG format?

Jason
moorepants.info
+01 530-601-9791
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Thanks Nicolas for your code.

The difference in what I have and what you share is in the svg path specification. For some reason Inkscape outputs a single leading “c” for the bezier curve in my path whereas your path has a “c” for every three points. I’m not quite sure the difference, maybe Inkscape outputs a non-standard form.

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On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM, Nicolas P. Rougier <Nicolas.Rougier@…3782…> wrote:

Here is a (limited) SVG path parser I made some time ago:

https://github.com/rougier/LinuxMag-HS-2014/blob/master/matplotlib/firefox.py

The svg_parse function might just do what you’re trying to achieve.

Nicolas

On 04 Mar 2015, at 20:51, Jason Moore <moorepants@…287…> wrote:

Hi,

I have some SVGs with closed Bezier curve paths that I’d like to convert to matplotlib paths.

For example, here is some code: https://gist.github.com/moorepants/4cac02e798446bb46de7

The above script runs but the resulting path in matplotlib is less smooth that when opened in inkscape, for example. I’ve attached screenshots.

I’m not sure why there is a difference.

Any suggestions to get my matplotlib curves looking as smooth as they do in SVG format?

Jason

moorepants.info

+01 530-601-9791

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Actually the notation I have is valid SVG path data. Your script could be modified to handle the more general forms, see:

http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG/paths.html#PathDataGeneralInformation

But this still doesn’t answer why the smoothness is different between the SVG and matploblib paths. I haven’t been able to figure that out yet.

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On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:32 PM, Jason Moore <moorepants@…287…> wrote:

Thanks Nicolas for your code.

The difference in what I have and what you share is in the svg path specification. For some reason Inkscape outputs a single leading “c” for the bezier curve in my path whereas your path has a “c” for every three points. I’m not quite sure the difference, maybe Inkscape outputs a non-standard form.

Jason
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+01 530-601-9791

Jason
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On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM, Nicolas P. Rougier <Nicolas.Rougier@…3782…> wrote:

Here is a (limited) SVG path parser I made some time ago:

https://github.com/rougier/LinuxMag-HS-2014/blob/master/matplotlib/firefox.py

The svg_parse function might just do what you’re trying to achieve.

Nicolas

On 04 Mar 2015, at 20:51, Jason Moore <moorepants@…287…> wrote:

Hi,

I have some SVGs with closed Bezier curve paths that I’d like to convert to matplotlib paths.

For example, here is some code: https://gist.github.com/moorepants/4cac02e798446bb46de7

The above script runs but the resulting path in matplotlib is less smooth that when opened in inkscape, for example. I’ve attached screenshots.

I’m not sure why there is a difference.

Any suggestions to get my matplotlib curves looking as smooth as they do in SVG format?

Jason

moorepants.info

+01 530-601-9791

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Actually, both syntax are valid.

I think the problem in you svg parser is that you're changing the reference point each time you iterate in points.

For example consider the path:

m 100,200 c 100,100 400,100 400,200 z => (m P0 c P1 P2 P3 z)

Your parser ended with vertex at (100.0, -200.0), (200.0, -300.0), (600.0, -400.0), (1000.0, -600.0)

which corresponds to [P0, P0+P1, P1+P2, P2+P3] but you want [P0, P0+P1, P0+P2, P0+P3]

Nicolas

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On 05 Mar 2015, at 00:35, Jason Moore <moorepants@...287...> wrote:

Actually the notation I have is valid SVG path data. Your script could be modified to handle the more general forms, see:

http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG/paths.html#PathDataGeneralInformation

But this still doesn't answer why the smoothness is different between the SVG and matploblib paths. I haven't been able to figure that out yet.

Jason
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On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:32 PM, Jason Moore <moorepants@...287...> wrote:
Thanks Nicolas for your code.

The difference in what I have and what you share is in the svg path specification. For some reason Inkscape outputs a single leading "c" for the bezier curve in my path whereas your path has a "c" for every three points. I'm not quite sure the difference, maybe Inkscape outputs a non-standard form.

Jason
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+01 530-601-9791

On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM, Nicolas P. Rougier <Nicolas.Rougier@...3729...82...> wrote:

Here is a (limited) SVG path parser I made some time ago:

https://github.com/rougier/LinuxMag-HS-2014/blob/master/matplotlib/firefox.py

The svg_parse function might just do what you're trying to achieve.

Nicolas

> On 04 Mar 2015, at 20:51, Jason Moore <moorepants@...287...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I have some SVGs with closed Bezier curve paths that I'd like to convert to matplotlib paths.
>
> For example, here is some code: https://gist.github.com/moorepants/4cac02e798446bb46de7
>
> The above script runs but the resulting path in matplotlib is less smooth that when opened in inkscape, for example. I've attached screenshots.
>
> I'm not sure why there is a difference.
>
> Any suggestions to get my matplotlib curves looking as smooth as they do in SVG format?
>
> Jason
> moorepants.info
> +01 530-601-9791
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> by Intel and developed in partnership with Slashdot Media, is your hub for all
> things parallel software development, from weekly thought leadership blogs to
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> conversation now. http://goparallel.sourceforge.net/_______________________________________________
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Ahh! Yes that is likely it. I assumed that relative dimensions were always with respect to the previous point, but they are always with respect to the previous non-control point.

Thanks!

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On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:36 PM, Nicolas P. Rougier <Nicolas.Rougier@…3782…> wrote:

Actually, both syntax are valid.

I think the problem in you svg parser is that you’re changing the reference point each time you iterate in points.

For example consider the path:

m 100,200 c 100,100 400,100 400,200 z => (m P0 c P1 P2 P3 z)

Your parser ended with vertex at (100.0, -200.0), (200.0, -300.0), (600.0, -400.0), (1000.0, -600.0)

which corresponds to [P0, P0+P1, P1+P2, P2+P3] but you want [P0, P0+P1, P0+P2, P0+P3]

Nicolas

On 05 Mar 2015, at 00:35, Jason Moore <moorepants@…287…> wrote:

Actually the notation I have is valid SVG path data. Your script could be modified to handle the more general forms, see:

http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG/paths.html#PathDataGeneralInformation

But this still doesn’t answer why the smoothness is different between the SVG and matploblib paths. I haven’t been able to figure that out yet.

Jason

moorepants.info

+01 530-601-9791

On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:32 PM, Jason Moore <moorepants@…287…> wrote:

Thanks Nicolas for your code.

The difference in what I have and what you share is in the svg path specification. For some reason Inkscape outputs a single leading “c” for the bezier curve in my path whereas your path has a “c” for every three points. I’m not quite sure the difference, maybe Inkscape outputs a non-standard form.

Jason

moorepants.info

+01 530-601-9791

On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM, Nicolas P. Rougier <Nicolas.Rougier@…3782…> wrote:

Here is a (limited) SVG path parser I made some time ago:

https://github.com/rougier/LinuxMag-HS-2014/blob/master/matplotlib/firefox.py

The svg_parse function might just do what you’re trying to achieve.

Nicolas

On 04 Mar 2015, at 20:51, Jason Moore <moorepants@…287…> wrote:

Hi,

I have some SVGs with closed Bezier curve paths that I’d like to convert to matplotlib paths.

For example, here is some code: https://gist.github.com/moorepants/4cac02e798446bb46de7

The above script runs but the resulting path in matplotlib is less smooth that when opened in inkscape, for example. I’ve attached screenshots.

I’m not sure why there is a difference.

Any suggestions to get my matplotlib curves looking as smooth as they do in SVG format?

Jason

moorepants.info

+01 530-601-9791

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