Create rose diagrams in Inkscape from survex .3d files
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Create rose diagrams in Inkscape from survex .3d files

Calculate a passage orientation rose diagram from a survex .3d file on the fly and render it into an Inkscape document as an SVG group object.


The extension is operated as an import filter. To run it do File → Import ... , and choose the 'Rose diagram (*.3d)' option. This brings up a small dialog box with options to set the number of sectors, choose whether to render the diagram in color (default) or black and white, and to set a title. If the title is left unset in the dialog, a default title is extracted from the .3d file.


Copy the files and rose_create.inx into your local Inkscape extension folder: $HOME/.config/inkscape/extensions/ on unix, or %APPDATA%\inkscape\extensions\ on Windows.

That's it...there are no dependencies since the extension natively reads the binary .3d file format (v8 only, which is generated by survex versions from 1.2.7).


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


The .3d file parser is based on a GPL v3 library to handle Survex 3D files (*.3d), copyright © 2008-2012 Thomas Holder,; see also

Modifications and extensions to compute rose diagrams and export SVG, copyright © (2018) Patrick B Warren.