Do you hate grainy bitmap images? Well, now you can fix ‘em up without blowing a month’s rent on some pricey graphics program. VectorMagic is an online tool that converts pixel-based images to vector graphics (that is, based on lines, curves, and other geometric shapes). Nothing to download, nothing to install, just upload a file and VectorMagic will walk you through the rest.

If you teach an art class, this would be a valuable tool to clean up some scanned images as well. VectorMagic works best on logos and photos. Speaking of logos, I’ve seen a lot of school Web pages where the logo looks like it was made out of Legos. VectorMagic will smooth it out, and maybe boost some school spirit while you’re at it. -BILL FERRIS

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