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An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.
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Boolean operations Comma Separated Values Curve Manipulation High-res Vector GRPHX Support for Layers Live Path Effects Works Offline Over-The-Top (OTT) Path Filters Edit PDF SVG Editors UI customization Vector-like Vectorize raster images Add a feature
boolean-operations comma-separated-values curve-manipulation high-res-vector-grphx illustration image-editing layer-support live-path-effects offline-access over-the-top path-filters pdf-editing pdf-editor svg svg-editing ui-customization vector-graphics vector-like vectorize-raster-images
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Images render with CPU rather than GPU on Linux (Nvidia Quadro w/ propriety drivers) so it's painfully slow compared to Illustrator on Windows :/
Good software, but I have problems with memory consumption, in linux:
with a time of use occupies the entire memory, freeze and close.
So, using only for vectorization (trace bitmap) which is very useful.
if i copy the the diagram from excel to inkscape, it's not vector any more. so i have to use illustrator to edit excel diagram
Save Excel as PDF. Then import from Inkscape.
Inkscape is a good software, but gets really slow when opening some more complicated files.
The cons: Why the hell is the Y-axis reversed?
There should be a Pixel Layout as default instead of millimeters or inches.
Moved and scaled objects are based on translations with original positions. You want to make a clean object with rounded coordinates to have sharp strokes on the display, but the coordinates in the .svg file are high precision floating numbers.
Saving documents to a plain .svg are also bigger compared to other commercial vector-graphics apps.
A clean document should be like this:
svg width="400" height="400" viewBox="0 0 400 400"
circle cx="200" cy="200" r="180" stroke="red" fill="aqua"
A simple circle which should be 3 lines big, but is a few times larger with some garbage information and translation coordinates.
stable, powerful, multiplatform, free, fro basic-intermediate uses
I use Inkscape to convert or redraw rastered images as vector images. It's easy to use, works on GNU/Linux and is totally free. I love it!
Has a good potential as an alternative to CorelDraw, but at the moment isn't much usable - very often crashes, poor skin and icons by default (yet you can replace GTK2 theme), all the nightmare of GTK2 (slow and misaligned UI, too wide sidebar in some localizations etc).
[Edited by coth, March 23]
Inkscape is an such a superb app. Thank you for that.
I downloaded this application on two separate occasions and on two different machines. The first was on my personal Mac to see how the freeware compared to Illustrator. When it bugged out on my Mac I assumed it was because I was using a roundabout way to get it to run and that was the problem. Fast forward to over a year later and I downloaded it again on a PC for work related projects. Turns out my original assumption was incorrect and this program is buggy all the way through.
The interface looks outdated
Handling is terrible
Guides don't lock
Objects don't snap
Crashes all the time
The layers feature is a pain to navigate
are just a few among a number of problems with this software. I worked with it for 3 months and was never able to over come these issues. If its just a learning curve its a big one.
It's impossible to get the professional quality work from this application that you can get with Illustrator. If you need a vector program for work or school, its no contest. Save yourself time and headache. Invest in illustrator.
It also doesn't configure itself. Sadly you have to do that manually. And much of the problems have been solved. Especially the crashing one, it's much more stable now, and even automatically saves.
But the layers features is still indeed more clunky.
Incredible! Simple to use and crammed with features. Now all it needs is the ability to make .otf or .off fonts...
Best free vector editor available IMO. I just hate that it asks me to install X11 on my macbook I bought a year ago! For Windows and Linux, Inkscape all the way. For Mac, I think I'll just have to grab Illustrator.
Much better interface than GIMP!
The Best Vector Processing Software I Found!