I have a problem when exporting (or "saving as") some .svg files into .pdf using Inkscape. For some reason, some random "small" parts of the pictures are not rendered. Is there a way to "force" inkscape to export everything, is there a solution another software I could use instead ?

Here is an example file: svg file here and pdf file here. The round bits of the notes are not rendered in the pdf.

(I use the latest version of Inkscape (0.91))

  • Hi HcN, welcome to GDSE and thanks for your question. If you want to know more about the site, please see the help center or ping one of us in the Graphic Design Chat once your reputation is sufficient (20). Keep contributing and enjoy the site! – PieBie Oct 8 '15 at 6:51
  • I fail to reproduce your problem with the linked SVG, which makes it very likely that we are talking about a bug here, which is off-topic here, since we are plainly not the right place to address such issues. – Wrzlprmft Oct 8 '15 at 13:21
  • It may not be a bug, as they are aspects of svg files that pdf do not like, like transparency. I solved another export to pdf problem turning the object transparency to a colour transparency. I was expecting something similar for this case. What OS and version of inkscape do you use ? – HcN Oct 8 '15 at 17:47

Inkscape's pdf generation is usually very good so I wouldn't go complicating matters with additional software/tools.

Sometimes a file benefits from the objects being ungrouped. Sometimes you'll find that a slightly open object won't export happily and sometimes flipping the direction of a path helps.

I've had a quick play with your file and I'm stumped as to why it won't export the simple ovals. If I were you I'd quickly re-add these elements as a test oval I added exported fine.

I notice that you're using filter effects - bear in mind that these result in non vector elements which may cause you trouble. They get rasterised at a resolution that you set on pdf export.

  • Thanks a lot for your answer. I was expecting this error to be from something that I have missed concerning exporting svg to pdf, but it seems to be something deeper. Anyway, I fixed my problem redoing the notes. If it cannot be easily helped, this is the only solution left. Thanks a lot indeed ! – HcN Oct 8 '15 at 17:45

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.