Inkscape is an open source SVG editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, Visio, etc. Supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, node editing, svg-to-png export, grouping, and more. Its main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully XML, SVG, and CSS2 compliant SVG drawing tool.
Reviewing 0.48.4-1 (Dec 18, 2012)
Can't find change log.
EMF export does not work correctly for some line objects in Word 2010.
Reviewing 0.48.1 (Feb 3, 2011)
This is not a bad app - and it IS free, which is great.
BUT, it is a bit confusing and non-intuitive compared to some other apps.
Serif has this Free version of DrawPlus that you can download and that works with SVG also, and even though it lacks some higher-end stuff like color separation and snap to vertexes and it does have a nag screen each time you exit, it has some really strong features and a really good interface with helpful hints, tips and features that I think will serve some folks better. I think folks should try that, because it really is pretty great for a free program. Imports and Exports and Edits SVG no sweat, including with an InkScape compatibility mode.
So while InkScape is cool, it's just not as mature as some other free options. Nice effort, and I hope they keep it up, cause SVG needs all the helpful, compatible support it can get so it becomes a really useful option.
Vector graphic conversion inconsistencies are a real, real pain, but using InkScape and making drawings compatible with InkScape output might help SVG become worth using over bitmap.
Reviewing 0.47 Final (Nov 25, 2009)
This is getting quite unbelievably good. It doesn't quite have the polish of Illustrator but the actual functionality and the way it's designed is in many ways better IMHO. AND it runs in any of the major operating systems. AND it's free!
A truly remarkable project.
Reviewing 0.47pre3 Beta (Oct 2, 2009)
Gezley: Go ahead and flag the review. The opinion still stands regardless. Oh, and BTW, I'm not "white". I think foreigners' software is fantastic (which is why I've beta-tested dozens of programs over the years written by Europeans such as RAR and MyDefrag). Grab a tissue and read the review for what it is rather than inventing something it isn't.
Second Shadow: OMFG. *8-) Thanks for helping with traffic to my site! Once again, the opinion stands. This program is a bloated pile of convoluted rubbish - way too many cooks spoiled the broth - I'll bet they could save several megabytes off the install by simply removing the 'about screen' code. But thanks for ending your "masturbatory response" (this descriptive phrase is courtesy of gcaleval) with a review of the program itself, at least. You should teach Mr Caleval that technique - go check out the Notepad++ review thread for details.
Reviewing 0.47pre3 Beta (Sep 30, 2009)
Yes, that's probably what Dean-Ryan Stone (a.k.a. "dhry") meant when he wrote that. After all, everyone just *knows* that a program written by a John Smith is much better than a program written by some poor guy by the name of Sanjiv Sindhu (or something like that, I can't be bothered with spelling non-English names), right? RIGHT?
Apparently, Dean-Ryan also likes to make fun of people whose native language is not English when they attempt to write in English, as shown in his website: http://www.dhryland.com/...t.y=0&submit=Search
However, I've yet to find a post by dhry written in a language other than English. I wonder if he's monolingual.
Oh, by the way, English *is* my second language, so feel free to criticize my grammar and spelling all you want. just make sure you do it in a language other than your native one, that'd be too easy ;)
As for the program (this is a software review after all), it's simply excellent. Steve Lawson has written a nice overview of it with a few helpful links, check it out: http://reddevil62-techhead.blogspot.com/2009/02/graphic-design-for-clueless.html
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