sK1 is an open source cross-platform vector graphics editor like CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand.
- Free • Open Source
- Vector Graphic App
- Image Editor
What is sK1?
sK1 is an open source cross-platform vector graphics editor like CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand. The major feature of sK1 is a professional precise printing and prepress ready PDF output.
sK1 2.0 is licensed under GPL v3. So you may use this application as for personal or commercial purposes without any fees.
Application supports basic vector graphics primitives: rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, pies, sectors, chords, polygons, Bézier curves, text and bitmaps.
The objects may be structured on pages, layers and just in selectable groups/containers. Pages within a document can be of different sizes.
Bézier curves are fundamental rendering units. All the primitives can be converted into curves. We use Cairo library to render these curves on the screen.
Thanks to cairo we have cross-platform unified antialiased rendering, similar to PostScript/PDF definitions.
Like PS/PDF definitions, sK1 2.0 provides solid fill, gradient fill and pattern fill for graphics primitives. Also the objects can be outlined by solid stroke
Like for PDF objects, alphachannel is available for solid fill, gradient stops and for stroke color. Application supports RGB, CMYK and Grayscale colorspaces. SPOT colors are also supported.
Inside sK1 2.0 all the color values and raster images are under color management. We use LittleCMS library for these purposes.
Despite of built-in profiles, end users can use own color profiles to customize color management engine. Printer emulation on screen option is also available.
sK1 2.0 text engine has a full-function rendering of multi-language text and cross-platform support because it's powered by Pango library
Thanks to this library, application handles text layout for particular combinations of script and font backend. Modules for Hebrew, Arabic, Hangul, Thai, and a number of Indic scripts are supported.
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- Vector Graphic
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CategoryPhotos & Graphics
Lists containing sK1Academia & Skills • Linux • Graphics • Linux • 2D Graphics
Recent user activities on sK1
- POX added Support for Layers as a feature to sK1
- AntumDeluge added Portable as a feature to sK1
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It's a good choice for lite designs not professional, the support of CDR files is poor or nule
Very simple vector editor for print production (but not professional, because no some important features, overprint for instance). Main goal is work with CDR file formats. sK1 RC4 may bring some extension support but for now hard to judge about perspectives.
PROS: Fast, stable, easy-to-use. CONS: Lack of important features and power tools, what makes the software counter-productive and not universal for most areas of printing.
This is not SVG-editor, but very simple and interesting. Can export for Corel and Xara, png, but no AI or SVG ((
sK1 2.0 RC3+ build now supports SVG export and import as editable paths.
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