Don't understand embed/link choice

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Don't understand embed/link choice

Postby leonardevens » Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:52 am

Previously if I opened a .jpg or .tif file in inkscape, it just opened. Now, with the latesst release, it gives me a choice between embed of limk.

I don't understand the difference. I tried looking the manual but that wasn't much help. Can someone point me somewherre else to look?

Earlier, it did seem that when I chose embed, inkscape used my monitor icc profile, but when I used link, it didn't. But now it does in either case.

Let me add that I don't usually use inkscape with image files, but I am now setting up a new machine. It helps me to understand how color management works to have some applications which make use of the monitor profile. The three I know about are gimp, inkscape, and perhaps firefox. Also, inkscape has a particularly simple way to turn the color management on and off. Eye of Gnome unfortunately doesn't use the monitor profiel unless the image file has an imbedded profile. There is no way to tell it which profile to use.

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Re: Don't understand embed/link choice

Postby brynn » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:58 am

Hi leonardevens,
Well I didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find this -- release notes for 0.48: http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php ... notes/0.48. There is a sentence or 2 in there about importing bitmaps (which I wish developers would stop calling raster formats "bitmap" because a lot of people think is BMP, which is one particular raster format)(sorry for short rant :evil: )

I suspect ~suv or someone else, will be able to offer more/better info for you, though. So hang in there :D

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Re: Don't understand embed/link choice

Postby druban » Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:39 pm

Embed = Your image file is incorporated into the svg when you save the svg to disk. This causes the svg file to be large.

Link = Inkscape remembers the on disk location of your image and opens it when you open the svg. This results in a streamlined svg file, but you run the risk of the link being broken if you move the image file or change its name etc.

If you like to edit svg in a text editor the second option is really the way to go. Otherwise stick with embedding.

Edit: Supplementing Mark's following post (if i may): . Paths can be set through the image properties dialog.
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Re: Don't understand embed/link choice

Postby markjensen » Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:45 am

In addition to drubans post: If you use link, you can change the url to a relative path (instead of absolute). If for example you know that your image is always in the same folder as your svg, then you can just remove the parts of the url that has something to do with folders. This is what I do when I share svg-files with my friends and don't want to use embed.

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Re: Don't understand embed/link choice

Postby leonardevens » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:07 am

One reason I was confused about the difference is that at first, my monitor profile was used for an embedded image but not for a linked image. But now, it is used for both. Does this make any sense? I suppose I just did something wrong, but I haven't been able to tell what it was.

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Re: Don't understand embed/link choice

Postby druban » Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:48 am

leonardevens wrote:One reason I was confused about the difference is that at first, my monitor profile was used for an embedded image but not for a linked image. But now, it is used for both. Does this make any sense? I suppose I just did something wrong, but I haven't been able to tell what it was.

Does every image you are working with have an embedded icc profile? I have found that inkscape can't read some profiles and can read some others. I f the profile is not readable then it probably defaults to monitor.
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Re: Don't understand embed/link choice

Postby brynn » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:50 am

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