Inkscape

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.48.2
  • Total Downloads:
    231,850
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 14, 2011
  • 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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1 stars

"Installs but won't work."

June 21, 2012  |  By bleme1

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

Sounds awesome

Cons

Installs fine. Opens fine. Loads a pic fine. As soon as I click to change a color it crashes. Running a 1 month old 64 bit Windows 7 system.

Summary

I just wish it worked.

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4 stars

"Best free software for vector graphics"

May 15, 2012  |  By Profeta64

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

It quite easy to use and it is multy format compatible

Cons

layer management not so easy.
horrible object grouping, easy to loose parts

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2 stars

"would not work"

April 01, 2012  |  By pineacres55

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

The program sounded good

Cons

I tried to download the program but would not run on my acer computer with windows 7 64 bit ,tried to download 2 times finaly unistalled it and gave up

Summary

I think I would have like the program would have been very useful but gave up trying to get it to run

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5 stars

"excellent for beginners"

March 22, 2012  |  By gmvelez

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

great tools, easy to use

Cons

have not found any yet

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1 stars

"Needs to be more intuitive"

March 19, 2012  |  By WWWALDO123

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

None so far.

Cons

The tools need to be more intuitive and easier to operate.

Steep learning curve with the simplest tasks being difficult to manage.

Summary

Interesting program but the complexity leaves a lot to be desired. This will test your patience as you try to attempt simple tasks and find them to be layered with unnecessary complexity.

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5 stars

"Pure Awesomeness"

January 08, 2012  |  By eg180

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

Best freeware 2D drawing program out there. It has a lot of the features of software like Corel Draw, except it's completely free. Since it's open source and published under the GNU Public License, it's available for most operating systems, not just Windows.

Cons

Not a lot, the interface and tools might intimidate new people.

Summary

This is just an amazing app. I've used commercial vector graphics drawing software before and this has a lot of the functions of that software and then some for free. It's not for the timid, though. This is a serious drawing app for serious artists. If you're familiar with software like Micrografx Designer and Corel Draw, which incorporates a lot of the tools from Mircorgrafx Designer, because Corel bought Micrografx in 2001, this software should seem very familiar to you from the start. Give this a shot if you're tired of paying big bucks for that kind of software, or if you're new to 2D computer art and just want something powerful to use for illustration work.

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5 stars

"Great Program, very powerful"

December 07, 2011  |  By cdziadul

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

Amazing FREE program, quick easy installation, many online tutorials to look through.

Cons

Not super easy to use for the complete beginner. However, if one has any background in adobe's illustrator it will not be too bad.

Summary

Great Program, just another proof that the world is going in the direction of opensource.

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5 stars

"so far so good"

October 12, 2011  |  By nijisarah

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

easy to learn
easy to use

Cons

so far none.

Summary

easy to learn, picked up the commands in just minutes and I'm not really experienced with this type of software.
Used it to edit some pdf and found that I could easily create my own.

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5 stars

"Excellent Product"

September 23, 2011  |  By rgb404

 |  Version: Inkscape 0.48.2

Pros

Deep Option Menus
Multiple Features
Fast
Detailed Help Sections

Cons

Possible learning curve (See summary below)

Summary

I previously had XARA graphic software and absolutely loved it but the version I had was not compatible after my windows 7 upgrade. Before I dished out another $80-$100 for the new program, I searched the net a little and found INKSCAPE here on CNET. It is almost a mirror image of XARA...WOW!!!! Yes there is a bit of a learning curve if this type of program is new to you but if not it is a cinch to operate. If this type software is not new to you and If you have patience (and you should anyway working with graphics..right?!) it is well worth the features of INKSCAPE. I was up and designing in 15 minutes. Love it : )

Updated on Sep 23, 2011

Line 4 correction: "If this type of software IS new to you" (sorry)

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Inkscape
Publisher web site http://www.inkscape.org/
Release Date August 14, 2011
Date Added August 14, 2011
Version 0.48.2
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Desktop Publishing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 98, Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows NT
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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