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I want to make some vector icons in PDF format for use in buttons and such on Mac OS X. Apparently most people use Illustrator for that, but what if I don't have Illustrator?

I tried using Inkscape, but when I save as PDF there is always an opaque white background. Saving as .eps or .ps and converting with Preview did no better.

Edit: Why PDF? Because Apple recommends it for toolbar and sidebar icons. http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/AppleHIGuidelines/IconsImages/IconsImages.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/20000967-TP6

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It would help to understand why you need a clear PDF file. Knowing that, there's probably a solution more appropriate than Inkscape for your particular purpose. –  digitxp Aug 25 '11 at 1:25
Apple suggests using PDF icons for toolbar icons and such, in anticipation of high-resolution screens. –  Uncommon Aug 25 '11 at 19:34
I'm using Inkscape 0.44.1 from 2006 and it has an option to save as "PDF with transparency". Seems to work correctly. Does your not have that option? –  Tom Zych Aug 27 '11 at 21:00
Good point, deleted my answer. –  slotishtype Aug 30 '11 at 7:43
I'm using Inkscape 0.48. I don't see a "PDF with transparency" option. I asked on xcode-users@lists.apple.com, and so far people have suggested OmniGraffle, Intaglio, and Opacity. –  Uncommon Sep 2 '11 at 22:30

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