ActionScript 3 Bitmap Tracer (Vectorizer): as3potrace

Ever wanted to convert a bitmap to vector shapes, at runtime, in Flash? Look no further. Let me introduce you to as3potrace, an ActionScript 3 library to trace bitmaps.

As the name suggests, this is a port of the well known C library potrace by Peter Selinger. To be more exact, it is a AS3 port of Vectorization, a C# port of potrace 1.8 by Wolfgang Nagl.

Like potrace, as3potrace is released under GPL. The SWC and source code are available on GitHub:


This movie requires Flash Player 10

Demo source code: (Warning: ugly)

Usage example

A minimal example of how to trace a bitmap with as3potrace, and draw the result into a Shape:

Note that you can write your own backends to ease handling/processing of generated shapes. The one backend that i already wrote, GraphicsDataBackend, produces GraphicsData structures that you can immediately draw using Graphics.drawGraphicsData().


And as always, after i finished porting this little beauty, i found out that this has been done before by the amazing folks at LibSpark. Check out nitoyon’s PotrAs (also GPL’ed).