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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 Image Editing Support for Layers Live Path Effects Works Offline Over-The-Top (OTT) Path Filters Edit PDF SVG Editors Symbols UI customization Vector-like Vectorize raster images Visual Editing Add a feature
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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...See why people do not like Inkscape 😡 Post your review
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.
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.
Inkscape is a good software, but gets really slow when opening some more complicated files.
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.
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!
I really like Inkscape, but more recently I’ve been using Vectornator - it’s more intuitive and works great for creating illustrations and vector graphics (logos and icons), it’s fast and I’ve barely experienced any lag or crashing and it’s updated fairly often. Good alternative
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 used to be my go-to for basically everything, from creating vector graphics to illustrations and app interfaces, but I’ve just switched to Vectornator and the user experience is much better - it feels way more professional and advanced. It wasn’t too difficult to learn - the layout makes sense and I get to work on my projects on my iPhone, so the application is both fast and portable.
Inkscape is an such a superb app. Thank you for that.
Great program, does things that Illustrator can't but it does fall over or die with bigger files.
Pros: colour picker way better than Illustrator
Pros: brilliant tiled clones feature
Pros: auto trace image more sensitive than illustrator
Pros: Love the spray gun!
Pros: easier path simplify and path manipulation tools
Pros: Easy resize document! Just try this in Illustrator....
Cons: no pressure sensitivity yet (illustrator brought this in years ago)
Cons: Can't handle big vector files, dies on some operations.
Cons: Funky SVG format.
Cons: Path manipulation (boolean / join / difference / exclusion etc not always predictable. Sometimes have to use layers to work - sometimes not.
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...