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Inkscape

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 83 votes out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.91
  • Total Downloads:
    304,556
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 12, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Inkscape creates, converts, and edits images, applies filters and effects, and packs a host of brushes, stamps, templates, and tools. Inkscape can manage and modify layers, paths, and extensions, and its Help menu includes a manual, tutorials, FAQs, a Command Line option, and many more resources, not to mention the support and regular updates typical of open source projects.

Pros

Open source freeware: Developers and enthusiasts donate their time to keep Inkscape free and at the cutting edge of features and performance.

Layout: Inkscape's user interface has a familiar look, but it's not a Photoshop clone. For example, the scrolling spectral line (with color numbers) and axis display in the bottom panel not only set Inkscape's layout apart from Photoshop's but also improve upon it.

Extras: Inkscape has interesting features around every corner, like an XML Editor, input device configuration, and bitmap copies.

Cons

Not quite Photoshop: Inkscape is an impressive app that performs superbly, but it can't quite match Photoshop and similar software in features and extras.

Bottom Line

Inkscape is a strong performer, packed with features and extras, supported by a dedicated community, and totally free.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Unintuitive"

March 11, 2016  |  By foosball626

2016-03-11 21:10:10  |  By foosball626

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.91

Pros

Never crashed for me.

Cons

I found it slow and unintuitive. Just zooming in and out is confusing! Pick the zoom tool, draw a rectangle, and it zooms in. OK. Now draw the rectangle the other way and ... it still zooms in. Alright, whatever. When I hold down shift, the zoom icon changes from a + to a -. Well, obviously now it's going to zoom o... er, in? I guess? Are you kidding me!

Loading moderately-sized images, panning and zooming are all noticeably slow (on a newish 4 core laptop).

I had a rectangular image of a hat on a white background and wanted to make it into a hat-shaped image. I'm certainly not experienced at image editing, but I've done this sort of think in Photoshop before without any help. I looked at every tool, every menu option and went through every tutorial. Then I looked in the web. 30 minutes in all, but no luck. Forget it.

Summary

Don't use if you can avoid it.

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1 stars

"crashes when selecting preferences in print dialog"

December 29, 2015  |  By bruce shand

2015-12-29 08:44:54  |  By bruce shand

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.91

Pros

I didn't explore using the program because of the serious flaw noted in cons.

Cons

Crashes when selecting preferences in print dialog. That's it. So I uninstalled it.

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2 stars

"Decent for free program, otherwise avoid if possible"

April 08, 2015  |  By Lauren Tom

2015-04-08 19:45:15  |  By Lauren Tom

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.91

Pros

I downloaded this for a design project after unable to access adobe illustrator. I can only come up with one advantage: Inkscape is user-friendly and easy to pick up.

Cons

After being relatively comfortable with using illustrator, Inkscape seems lacking (even if it is free).
Not enough tools - eg. you cannot stretch and manipulate objects at all
It seems 'medieval' compared to other programs out there.

Summary

Not worth it, don't bother downloading.

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4 stars

"ALMOST awesome"

March 21, 2015  |  By YupHiThere

2015-03-21 13:51:07  |  By YupHiThere

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.91

Pros

Does a lot

-Saves to PDF
-Opens PDF
-Can export PNG
-Layers
-Convert a line drawing to an editable path

Cons

-I can't see the sublayers...I don't think this is an option
-All exports, even to PDF with 300 dpi...Appears jagged...I am utterly disappointed by that. Otherwise it works beautifully
-More manual and less user friendly, but getting used to it, in some ways I appreciated the layout of where everything is

Summary

It's okay to work with if you want to make a quick vector and looks best on smaller sizes. But it doesn't export well...

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.91
Version 0.91 adds Cairo rendering for display and PNG export, OpenMP multithreading for all filters, C++ code conversion, major improvements in the Text tool, Measure tool.
General
Publisher Inkscape
Publisher web site http://www.inkscape.org/
Release Date March 12, 2015
Date Added March 12, 2015
Version 0.91
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Desktop Publishing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 81.7MB
File Name inkscape-0.91.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 304,556
Downloads Last Week 494
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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