January 17, 2007

Thoughts so far

I didn’t get any work done on my project over Christmas. Things were just too busy. However, I did finish my last piece of external work. So I am now free to concentrate fully on university… (in theory!)

I am painly aware of the lack of reading done so far. I keep trying to find relevant papers, but whenever something good turns up I can’t get the damn content! I’m so sick of only reading great sounding abstracts. The library seems to be totally lacking the resources I need. I’m not sure where my tution fees are going!

I discussed this problem with my supervisor, who suggested emailling authors directly. Hopefully this will return some useful material.

My supervisor pointed out that vectorising raster images is a hard problem and told me not to expect great results in the short time available. Lots of work has been done in the area (though I can’t get the damn papers!). I have had lots of ideas myself, but I got the impression I should just be implementing existing ideas and reporting the results… sigh.

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  1. Chris Sweetnam


    Your comment about vectorising raster images came up on my Google alert as we develop the TracTrix raster to vector software. I’m not a developer but my impression from my developer colleagues is that pretty well all the commercial software available to do this is based on the same mathematical algorithms. So if you can find even one source you are probably well on the way. Unfortunately we can’t offer any as our code is kept confidential.

    The majority of comercial applications vectorize single bit depth images. The next advance will probably come when our personal computers have sufficient power to vectorize gray-scale images without too long a delay.

    Good luck with your project.

    Chris Sweetnam
    Trix Systems, Inc.

    23 Jan 2007, 12:14

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