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#summary Importing an SVG into Hedgewars

= Introduction =

This is a quick and dirty description of converted an SVG into hedgewars HWMAP format.  It is not at all pretty. Hopefully someone will make a prettier process.  It currently makes use of Inkscape, vim, perl, g++ and a bit of manual labour.

= Details =

Open Inkscape.
Go to File->Inkscape Preferences and make sure that
    * SVG Output->Allow relative coordinates is unchecked
    * Transforms->Store transformation  is set to Optimized

Open an SVG. Ideally one of simple line art, without too much use of fill or filters.

1) combine all paths in the drawing (select them, then choose Path->Combine)

2) select the combined path, and ungroup

3) Click on the path, and choose dimensions for W and H that would look good in the game (no more than 4096 for W and 2048 for H).  The Lock button may be helpful here.

4) Go to File->Document Properties and choose Resize Page to Drawing or Selection.  You may want to then reposition the art to be more centred vertically or horizontally.

5) Save and Quit

6) Open in an editor and verify there is one path. change the path ID attribute to id="base" - this is to work around a bug in the current stable Inkscape extensions tool which was crashing it.

7) open the file in Inkscape again, Click on the path again, then go to Extensions->Modify Path->Flatten Beziers and flatten out the curves to your taste. Default of 10 seems fine.

8) Save and Quit again

9) Edit the file, and delete everything but the path data.  You should have a one-line file starting with something like  M1234.3 456.78L3298.3 9023.34 and so on.  The coordinates should now be rounded unless you plan to handle that yourself in some way.  Here is a vim one-liner to do it.

10) Convert the path data.  Here is a crude script to do that.
# just a one-line list of points. at least, it had better be one-line
open FILE, $ARGV[0];
    s/([LM])(\d+) (\d+)\s*/point($1,$2,$3)/eg;
sub point
    ($t, $x, $y) = @_;
    $y+=0; # just in case
{{{script pointdata > hwpointdata}}}

11) qCompress the data.
{{{g++ -I /usr/include/qt4 -I /usr/include/qt4/QtCore qcompress.cpp -lQtCore}}}
#include <QFile>
#include <QByteArray>
using namespace std;
int main(int argc, char **argv) 
    QFile fromFile(argv[1]);
    QFile toFile(argv[2]);
    if( &&
{{{./a.out hwpointdata hwpointdata.Z}}}

12) Convert to base64 and you're done!

{{{base64 -w0 hwpointdata.Z > mynewhedgewars.hwmap}}}