Geek note continued
I spent all of last evening trying to create a color vector map of Kabul.
- Adobe streamline creates a black and white vector image. To have the map in color, I carefully selected each color separately from the raster file, then vectorized it in Streamline and eventually I imported it as a layer in Illustrator.
- Eventually got an ok 8 colors vector map of Kabul. I fiddled with various saving formats to reduce its size and later saved it as an autocad .dxf file, a format that is supported by the map creation software (Map Mobile).
- Unfortunately, it failed. I could not make the file smaller than 4Mb (compared to 600Kb for the optimized raster gif image) and that was too large. I looks like it is going to be a raster map.
- The lesson of the story I guess, is that a vector image can be much larger than a raster image when the drawing is complex (as is the case with a map). I might get better result if I actually redesigned the map with simpler shapes but that is a lot of work and it would be difficult to do without a graphic tablet. Who knows, if I have a very dull week-end, I might give it a try.
This is my diary. My name is Lev and I work in Kabul for a non-governmental organization (dacaar.org).