Vextractor is a tool for transforming raster images into vector formats by building centerlines and outlines. This vector tool could be used for vectorizing charts, maps, schemes and other similar images for entering into CAD and GIS systems. An application has the option to set up a reference for images, in other words, to assign real coordinates to certain raster points. Thus, you get vector data not only in the raster coordinates, but also in the real geographical coordinates or in the chart coordinates. Price: USD $99 (volume licensing available). Silhouette provides quick tracing and a number of tools for tweaking your vectorized image, but don’t start requesting only bitmap files from your clients just yet. FreeSoft has made its name in the sign-making industry with its FreeSign program for creating the quick signs you see at many ‘signs-in-a-hurry’ places. The machines that create those signs require vector images to complete the cuts, so it’s easy to see how that could lead to a demand for a product like Silhouette. Silhouette is a plug in for Adobe Illustrator 8 and later to convert bitmap images to vectors images with unique correction tools. It instantly converts black and white or color bitmap images into vector designs ready for use. Price: USD $192 / EUR 149 (Lite), USD $386 / EUR 299 (Pro) and USD $321 / EUR 249 (plugin) The FreeHand Autotrace tool converts bitmap objects into vector paths. FreeHand can also autotrace other vector objects which may already be on the page. Before FreeHand 7, the Autotrace tool was useful for converting only the most basic scans into vector Bezier curve art. However, in FreeHand 7, the Autotrace tool got a completely make over into a more powerful tool. VectorEye is the raster to vector converter for Illustrator (Adobe), CorelDraw (Corel), Flash (Macromedia), WebDraw (Jasc), Sodipodi (freeware) and any vector-based software. Vector Eye instantly converts scanned black-and-white or color raster images (bmp, jpg, tiff, png) into editable vector files (.svg, .ps, .eps). Just scan any sketch or select an image (or a sequence) in an AVI movie. Make bitmap adjustments (scale, select zone, enhance, swap colors, rotate…) and Vector Eye automatically creates multiple SVG files corresponding to different settings. You can analyze and modify until you get the results you want (quality, weight, number of vectors). Price: USD/Eur $25 / €19 (basic), $51 / €39 (classic), $64 / €49 (Pro) RasterVect quickly converts uneditable scanned paper drawings into accurate vector files for editing (such as a CAD drawing) in any CAD program. It saves the converted file as one of vector formats: DXF, WMF, EMF, EPS or AI that any CAD program that supports these formats, including AutoCAD R14, 2000, LT and similar programs like Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Microstation, VectorWorks, TrueCAD, FastCAD and many others can read. Price: USD $79.95 Source.