Since Digimap ceased to generate EPS files we have had a number of enquiries about suitable alternatives. Currently, Digimap’s mapping facilities will only produce PDF files. However, there are a number of options for those who prefer to use other formats. The following notes may help.
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PDF files generated from Digimap can be converted to various other formats including PNG, SVG, and PS/EPS using free software called Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/). The only down side to this that we have found is that it seems to blur the PS/EPS because of the ‘Digimap’ watermark.
You can also edit the vectors in Inkscape. If you want to put the map (or a bit of it) into a Word document there is a nifty little command in Acrobat under Tools –> Select & Zoom–> Snapshot Tool which allows you to define an area and then paste it into Word (or another programme) – note this is lower resolution than you can create with Inkscape.
The PDFs themselves can be opened in CS3 Adobe Illustrator as editable vector graphics and then exported to various formats. The PDFs can also be opened and converted to EPS in GhostView but this seems to treat them as images rather than vectors.
There are various software packages that will convert from vector PDF to DXF (e.g. http://www.trixsystems.com/pdfFLY.html) but we have not found any which are free of charge.
If DXF/DWG is required for OS MasterMap, the best option is to download GML and use Dotted Eyes’ InterpOSe software to convert from GML to DXF/DWG.