fail to open .arw file

Asked by bdep on 2011-02-27

I have just downloaded and installed the version of inkscape available from the opensuse 11.3 software repository.
This version is 0.47 R22583.

When i try to open an .arw file taken with a Sony NEX-5 camera, inkscape gives me the following error message " Failed to load the requested file..."

Is this because the version of inkscape offered by opensuse is too old to support the NEX .arw files or is this a software bug ?

Thank you for your time.

Salutations,

bdep

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Best su_v (suv-lp) said : #1

> This version is 0.47 R22583.

Current stable release is Inkscape 0.48.1 r9760 [0] (available on Ubuntu Natty, don't know about other distros).

> Is this because the version of inkscape offered by
>opensuse is too old to support the NEX .arw files
> or is this a software bug ?

Neither is Inkscape 0.47 too old nor is it a software bug: Inkscape doesn't (and never did) support any RAW file formats natively - see <http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL_v16/html/File-Import.html> for the list of supported file types for import/open in Inkscape 0.48.

For raster image support (open/import), Inkscape relies on Gdk-pixbuf [1] (as far as I understand, the list of supported raster file formats is queried from the gdk-pixbuf module, using 'gdk_pixbuf_get_formats ()' [2]).

See also related feature requests:
Bug #172187 “Import RAW files”
Bug #172207 “RAW export (command line)”
Bug #171390 “Extended Raster export support please”

[0] <https://launchpad.net/inkscape/0.48.x/0.48.1>
[1] <http://library.gnome.org/devel/gdk-pixbuf/stable/index.html>
[2] <http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~inkscape.dev/inkscape/RELEASE_0_48_BRANCH/view/head:/src/extension/internal/gdkpixbuf-input.cpp#L117>

bdep (4021851-hushmail) said : #2

Thank you for the information.

Additionally I would recommend using darktable of UFRaw for opening RAW images.

of -> or :)

bdep (4021851-hushmail) said : #5

Alexandre Prokoudine said:
"Additionally I would recommend using darktable of UFRaw for opening RAW images."

Thank you for the help.

Presently I open the .arw file using the UFRaw plugin in Gimp, or the raw plugin in Digikam, convert the file to a uncompressed .tiff file and then open the .tiff file in inkscape.