Font distorts when changed to path

Asked by Nathanial K Hoge on 2017-08-23

When I convert a font to a path, then save it and open it in inkscape, it is fine, but when I open it in another program, it distorts the fonts. Anything with a small cutout (like the center section of "A, P, R" does not show up right. It will generally appear off center, and for some reason, will not display right in other programs at all. By off center, I mean it will overlap in a random corner of the rest of the letter, showing solid outside the letter itself, and punching the hole in the overlapping section.

 Any thoughts?

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

Which program do you use to view the svg file with the text converted to path?
Does it look correct if you open the file with a web browser?

Nathanial K Hoge (kaiichi) said : #2

I am trying to open the file in sewart64 to set up an embroidery file. When I try to open the file in a browser, I just get a blank screen.

Nathanial K Hoge (kaiichi) said : #3

Also, tried multiple fonts, seems to do it with all of them.

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #4

Can you upload an example file to some cloud hoster and share the link, please, so we can evaluate?

Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #6

The reason why you see nothing in the browser is that the drawing is not within the page area.
The page area is the part of the drawing that will be visible, according to the SVG specifications, it's the 'viewBox' area.

As for the error in sewart64 (it is most certainly a bug with that software, it doesn't appear to be able to deal with compound paths), I'm at a loss.

You could try to do 'Path -> Break apart' and color the separate holes in white, not sure if that can work.

There also seems to be an option to use an imported png image. So a workaround could be to export a png file from Inkscape, or you could ask the developers of the software, if there are any specific requirements for SVG files that make them compatible with the software.

Nathanial K Hoge (kaiichi) said : #7

Thanks much!