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I'm using Inkscape, and I'm trying to import an EPS file to use it as a vector and eventually save it as an SVG.

This link here mentions several methods:


But the responses aren't rated since it's a forum, so I thought I'd ask here to find the best answer. I'd prefer not to have to use some website to convert the file to a PDF first.

Either way, when I import an EPS into Inkscape, or use the website to convert it to a PDF, in both cases the resulting file loses all colour and gradients, and the EPS file gets cut off on the right side.

It looks like ps2pdf is clipping the file incorrectly, and Inkscape is eliminating the colour.

I have these version installed in Ubuntu Lucid Linux:

Inskape     0.47.0-2ubuntu2
Ghostscript 8.71.dfsg.1-0ubuntu5.3
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It seems like a known issue: http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=797
Workaround: convert to PDF using http://convert.neevia.com/

Good luck :-)

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Neil has ghostscript installed. Why not convert to PDF using ghostscript? epstopdf <filename> on the commandline. –  frabjous Oct 29 '10 at 14:50

Yeah - its broken pretty much. Just ran into this.

Try importing it into Scribus. Then export it as something else and reimport in Inkscape. PDF works much better if you can get it to that. You can also use 'epstopdf' command...

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