messy plans from architect. Software so I can 'clean up' jpeg image?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by malch, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. malch macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Hi there,
    I have some nice, but really messy, plans from an architect. I've scanned them, and would like to be able to 'erase' unnecessary lines and notes, etc, so I can understand the layout better. But I don't know if there's any software that would allow me to do this. Did a search, but came up with nothing.
    Can anyone on this forum recommend something?
    Thanks, malch
  2. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Well I recommend photo manipulation software.

    Pixelmator would be a nice and cheap alternative or GIMP (which is free).
    I believe both have necessary tools to digitally erases lines and such.
  3. malch thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    thanks FS... I'm checking out Pixelator now... looks very interesting.
    Regards, malch
  4. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    I am a little anal about things like this, but I generally find it better to go in and "trace" the original with new vector versions. I put the orrignal in a background layer in my choice of program (either OmniGraffle or VectorDesigner) then lock that layer. Then I trace the new version on top of the old. It allows me to have a perfect vector version while getting nearly identical to the original. But this is usually a lot of work.

    I would ask the architect for a digital copy. As for something in vector format. After all you probably paid them a pretty penny for that work, they should be able to provide you it in the format you want.
  5. malch thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Hi larkost,
    good idea, but this architect still draws plans by hand...
    very retro, I guess, but makes things more difficult at my end.
    cheers, malch

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