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Inkscape – Free Vector Graphics Editor

by James 15 March 2009 5 Comments

Overview

Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor, a free alternative to the expensive Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.

Review

First of all I want to make a clear statement: I’m not a designer and maybe it’s better for the entire world that I’m not. I’ve never been very talented in this field, I always prefered to use words instead of brush strokes. So you must read this attempted review bearing in mind that I might not be the most qualified user to test such a program. I tried to make a quick drawing to test the program features, don’t laugh at the results 🙂

inkscape-1

The thing that impressed me right away is the very good and clean layout of the program commands. Although it’s the first time I ever used the program I found the tools that I wanted to use quite easily, and that means that the program is user friendly.

inkscape-2

I exported my “work of art” as a .png file, it might turn useful as a screenshot watermark or something. 

inkscape-test

Now you’ve seen my masterpiece, let’s get back to the program features. Inkscape uses the SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file format and includes many advanced SVG features like markers or alpha blending. In the hands of more talented people than me the program was used for many purposes, from designing websites to creating game maps or CD booklets. The great thing about it is that, as other open source programs, it has a great community of users and wonderful tutorials available that can guide you through using the program.

Version Tested

0.46

Author

Inkscape.org

Operating System

Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

Download link

Summary

It’s open source.

 Multi platform.

 I guess I’m not the man that would be entitled to pint out the flaws in this one. Maybe you could help me 🙂

Rating

Verdict

Although I’m not a designer and I didn’t use such programs very often I felt very comfortable with Inkscape right from the start. I’m definitely going to keep it and who knows, maybe I’ll find some talent deep inside 🙂

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5 Comments »

  • yeo said:

    Thank you for introducing this fantastic freeware, which I have been experimenting for many days. If not for your recommendation, I would never have known that there exists a free substitute for Adobe Illustrator, a decent worktool that unfortunately comes with an exorbitant price tag. By the way, there is an excellent website (screencasters.heathenx.org) that contains very good tutorials for Inkscape beginners. Thank you once again. Looking forward to more of your recommended freewares.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Yeo
    I’m very happy that you found the program good and useful, I hope you’ll find more great programs here in the future.

  • olfoo said:

    `B-O-I-N-K’ ! – Yeo wrote, “a free substitute for Adobe Illustrator” ..how simply stated and USEFUL! since I had no inkling of what ‘Inkscape’ would be.. or do..
    Having such information at the top of a description would be very helpful in all cases. 8^)

  • Lola Allen said:

    Adobe Illustrator has more features than its competitors ~

  • Melatonin Supplement  said:

    in our office we use adobe illustrator very much;;.

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