Basically, I am working on a strategy game, and provinces on the map are basically comprised of a list of border points (which are used to create a Polygon).

I thought that loading the points from a SVG file "polygon" tag would be a great idea. However, Inkscape doesn't appear to have any way to convert my closed paths into polygons, and loading from a "path" would be relatively difficult because I would have to write code to "follow" the path during curves and add points at regular intervals.


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This is very close to what you ask but not quite. As they will be paths in both cases although just simple straight segment paths:

  1. Select the path in question.
  2. Choose Extensions → Modify Path → Add Nodes...
    • Set mode to By max. Segment Legth
    • Set legth of segment
  3. Choose Extensions → Modify Path → Straighten Segments...

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Image 1: Original path (top), result after polygonisation (bottom)

Or alternatively you can probably also use Extensions → Modify Path → Flatten Beziers..., for a more usable polygon. But your mileage may vary.

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Image 1: after applying flatten beziers

On the other hand you can do this in a browser easily. Although a fully linear path is almost just as easy to parse as a polygon (it has 2 or 3 letters in the thing otherwise its just a list of points)

  • Thanks! It worked. I think I might run the resulting file through an obline path->polygon tool for simplicity (I did some digging and found one). Apr 15, 2018 at 18:41

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