Inkscape

Inkscape 0.48.2

A Top-Quality Graphic Design Software that’s Free

Inkscape is a free software tool that lets you create vectors with all the versatility and simplicity you need. View full description

PROS

  • A great tool to get started
  • Free tool; easy and quick to download and install

CONS

  • Processing can be speedier
  • Large file handling could be unstable

Inkscape is a free software tool that lets you create vectors with all the versatility and simplicity you need.

Almost on Par With Premium Tools

Inkscape’s premium competition are quite a capable lot. That said, this free tool is no slouch. It can accommodate all the creative juices you spill. For instance, you may use the tool to tinker with image shapes, apply filters, fill shapes with gradients, convert images to paths, etc. The list goes on and on… In other words, if there is something you use Adobe Illustrator for, you can most likely get it done on Inkscape. For a free vector software, that is quite a feat. In fact, some of these capabilities may not be found in paid software. Moreover, the tool frequently updates itself and keeps adding new or latest features to its armour.

Multiple-Format Compatibility

The illustration software supports the SVG format, but it also is compatible with PostScript, EPS, PNG, BMP, JPG and TIP images. It can export multiple vector-based formats, including PNG. The program provides multiple tools and shapes, text, paths, markers, transparency effects, clones, gradients, transformations, groups and patterns. The tool also supports node editing, Creative Commons metadata, bitmap tracing, complex path operations, circumfluent object text, path-based texts, direct XML editing, etc. If you’re on a budget or a student who wants to learn graphic design, Inkscape is what the doctor prescribed.

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as Postscript, EPS, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development process, and by making sure Inkcape is easy to learn, to use, and to extend.

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Inkscape 0.48.2

— User reviews — about Inkscape

  • YoungKswag

    by YoungKswag

    "Really Good"

    Really good program to make company logos and exc. with, but it needs more features and definitely more exporting format... More.

    reviewed on July 11, 2014

  • xuancong

    by xuancong

    "Buggy editor"

    The editor looks nice but is very buggy and not very useful. A very obvious and stupid bug is that if you open an .eps f... More.

    reviewed on August 8, 2012

  • grio

    by grio

    "Automatization"

    The program is GOOD! 1) IF I WISH TO PROCESS SIMULTANEOUSLY 10 OR 100 OBJECTS of ANY TYPE it is difficult to me TO MAK... More.

    reviewed on September 19, 2007