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Inkscape is 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.
It 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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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.
stable, powerful, multiplatform, free, fro basic-intermediate uses
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.
What is the format of the file you are using? Just export your data from Inkscape into something universal (if possible) and then try to open it in Inkscape. If you have strong arguments as why the application should have this feature join the project and open a bug/feature request in https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/issues
Inkscape is a good software, but gets really slow when opening some more complicated files.
Feel free to join our project community in Gitlab and further discuss how can Inkscape improve its performance upon large/complex files. https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/issues
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.
Starting in version 1.0 beta 2 (released in December 2019) the Axis is now fixed and now follows SVG standards. So your observation, regarding axis, is no longer valid. If you are knowledgeable on SVG standards please feel free to join the tem. This is a volunteer driven project as you might already now!
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!
Awesome App that is a REAL AlTERNATIVE for Adobe illustrator
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.
Good alternative to Illustrator or Corel Draw
The best svg editor and it's libre and open-source !
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.
If you notice something fundamentally wrong within the app and you can reproduce it, please feel free to open a bug and help us address this.
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]
A lot has changed since March 2016 from today! We are now in 2020 and some of the areas you discussed above were addressed in our latest beta! Join us and help us make Inkscape an even better software by testing it, using it, and reporting feature/bug requests if needed! https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inbox/issues