Inkscape

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 79 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.46
  • Total Downloads:
    231,850
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 02, 2008
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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A free, open-source, vectorized image-creator? You mean, like Adobe Illustrator, but smaller and at no cost? Could it be?

Indeed, Inkscape isn't the only one of its kind out there, although it seems like it at times, and it's definitely a solid assault on the Adobe juggernaut. Many of the now-essential tools found in the competition have made their way into Inkscape, including paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. The app also supports Creative Commons metadata, node editing, layers, bitmap tracing, and direct XML editing. It does all this, and more, without hassles or an enormous footprint.

Other nice touches in the app include updating old industry standards--taking the CTRL Plus hot key for zooming in, and simplifying it so that all you need to hit is the Plus key, for instance. A small thing, but it shows the amount of effort being put into Inkscape. The latest version of the app addresses complaints about the lack of a shape library, for those of us who don't want to have to draw our own stars or triangles.

Overall, Inkscape isn't perfect, and it lacks a certain polish that those more familiar with big-name apps will probably expect. However, most of what it does, it does well. And since it's free, it's worth taking a chance on.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Maybe okay under Linux, but not good on PC"

August 14, 2009  |  By chooch331

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

Doesn't cost anything

Cons

Very buggy
Fonts don't show correctly -- even Arial

Summary

This program may work okay if you're not needing to use a specific font. It's not unusual for open-source programs like OpenOffice and Inkscape and Scribus to work funny on Windows because their programmers tend to use Linux. Such have been my experiences over the past five years. You try, you see, no harm done, but I had to go back to Corel DRAW in order to get my project done. Inkscape just couldn't handle the fonts right with my windows and PC combo.

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2 stars

"Somewhat useless, Be advised!!"

July 10, 2009  |  By Mikon8er

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

Can create .svg png .gif .bmp .tiff, and others, and its free.

Cons

Its user interface is extremely difficult or impossible to use, and every time i attempt to import or paste an image it gives my a 2 weird error messages & crashes without warning.

And it is also an unecessary resource hog.

Summary

I would advise sticking with Microsoft Paint or otherwise using a competing photoshop application until the specified problems (including operating system incompatibilities) are fixed, If the supposedly "nonprofit" organisation responsible for this thing is determiined to never fix these problems, I will NEVER use this program again :( .

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4 stars

"Does the job I need."

July 08, 2009  |  By snownut

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

Fairly simple to interpet.

Cons

so far nothing.

Summary

Will use over and over again to make my vector graphic files.

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5 stars

"Very powerful tool, very impressive"

April 17, 2009  |  By leonardo_meza

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

The interface is very similar to adobe Illustrator

Cons

I would like more tutorials included

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5 stars

"good little program for Vectors"

March 05, 2009  |  By flowerking_vit

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

Free vector editor

Cons

amateurs need some tutorials..without it s hard

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1 stars

"Free, but horrible"

February 10, 2009  |  By tx_pgmr

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

Free Program

Cons

Terrible software

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5 stars

"THE workhorse"

October 21, 2008  |  By rallyemo

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

Perfect vector drawing tool even for amateur, made a logo for my site + bunch of other things.

Cons

Sometimes freezes the tablet (no crash, just freeze for a short moment).

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5 stars

"Fabulous vector program -- better than Illustrator"

October 01, 2008  |  By Chufflebean

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

vector manipulation (like drawing lines and curves, combining and breaking up shapes, moving, deleting, and adding points, etc) is much easier in Inkscape than in Adobe Illustrator.

Cons

Selecting colors from the palette is too difficult, with all the colors in one long row at the bottom of the window. I think the palette should be detachable.

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5 stars

"Excellent!!"

September 13, 2008  |  By Wondertful

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Pros

Great features and good alternative to Illustrator and CorelDraw. Free!!

Cons

Quit and close do the same thing.

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1 stars

"Does not run under W9X/ME"

August 10, 2008  |  By asur

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.46

Cons

Unable to run.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.46
Version 0.46 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Inkscape
Publisher web site http://www.inkscape.org/
Release Date April 02, 2008
Date Added April 02, 2008
Version 0.46
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Desktop Publishing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows Me
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 33.09MB
File Name inkscape-0.48.4-1-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 231,850
Downloads Last Week 753
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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