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    I created a blend shape in Illustrator (to reproduce, draw two lines, apply Basic stroke to them, Object > blend > make, then Object > blend > expand).

    I exported the image to SVG. I opened it in Inkscape.

    When trying to plot it I get:

    Warning: unable to plot <switch> object
    found in file. Please convert it to a path first.
    Elapsed time: 00:00 (minutes, seconds)
    Length of path drawn: 0.00 m.
    Total distance moved: 0.00 m.

    But the file should consist of only lines…

    Windell Oskay

    The “Switch” object is essentially additional AI data that is within the file. No matter what objects are in the file — printable or not — you will always get this message when saving SVG this way.

    Try the following method for exporting SVG:

    Use File > Export > Export As…
    * Check the “Use Artboards” option
    * Select the SVG format option and click Export
    * Styling: Presentation attributes
    * Object IDs: Layer names
    * Minify, Responsive: Both off


    Hi Windsell,

    Unfortunately, I am on CS6 on my main computer, and these are the options:


    I can use another computer but the main one, plugged to the AxiDraw, is the CS6 AI install.

    Could I fix or clean-up the SVG code “easily”? Exporting or saving as a SVG usually works from my version of AI, but are there preferred settings in this dialog box?


    Windell Oskay

    I’m afraid that I don’t have access to this older version of AI; I’m not sure what entirely is in the SVG that it is exporting.

    I would have guessed that the options that you show selected would work, since you don’t have the “preserve illustrator” setting checked (this is the most important one to keep disabled), but again without seeing the file it’s a little hard to guess.

    You can potentially clean up the file, perhaps by editing the file in Inkscape, perhaps by saving it from Inkscape, perhaps by editing the SVG file directly in a text editor. It depends what’s in the file.

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