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, and direct XML editing. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others 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.
What's new in this version: Version 0.48.4-1 include where inkscape can now be built on platforms with new versions of the Poppler library.
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All versions:4.0 stars
out of 74 votes
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"Can do a decent bit as long as you don't want to print."
Version: Inkscape 0.48.4-1
limited export formats -- One
Not that user-friendly
I got this as a free option to CorelDRAW, and well... you get what you pay for in this instance. I am a fan of freeware, but Inkscape just doesn't live up to what it is supposed to be. You can do a decent amount of work, but it takes a while to figure out as it is not all that user-friendly.
For several version, the program will not print. I have designed things in Inkscape that I want to take with me into the garage to work on, and I can't because the program acts like it prints, but doesn't send anything to the printer. Several of my friends have had this issue as well, and I have even submitted a bug report on it, to no avail (with many strangers reporting they have the same problem). If you want to export your design so you can print it in another program, you have the option of exporting to a bitmap or... a bitmap.
I hate to say it, but I cannot recommend Inkscape until they get the printing bug fixed. I would like them to make it more versatile when exporting to other formats.
"find another desk & unpack the old MacDraw machine?"
Version: Inkscape 0.48.4-1
for free I could accept it isn't yet as great as it sounds
v0.48, too bad that's the top 48% instead of basic functions
Win 7 64-bit (don't get me started, back to the last big Mac I'll probably ever buy as soon as I can afford it). Couple of crashes with Inkscape running, but that's been about par for my very simple Windows complement.
Still, Inkscape looks like a textbook case of why I'd never install Linux (or any such open-source toys made for it) except in its own little box to play with Unix for free.
What/why is the shadowed box in the middle of every new document and how to get rid of it?
First time I drew rectangles they displayed per the tutorial, since then I can't even create one, except long enuf to establish that the rotate handles don't work. A spiral, yes, great if drawing a snail house. A circle no, fails as a 1:1 rectangle above.
No rulers? "No dedicated Measure tool" ! (faq). So except with repeated application of the one-shot workarounds mentioned by other reviewers here I can't even draw a 6x8' bathroom, let alone the house, or a wall of 1.5x5.5" studs with a 30" door (or Hobbit door) or a window in it, or an elevation?
Or specify, say, 1" = 12" to draw printable scaled plans?
BTW, if you're logged onto (e.g.) Live365 or lastfm radio, the online manual will simply take over that window instead of opening its own, likewise with the one-size-fits-all login service you open to ask them a question.