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.
- Mesh Gradients are now supported
- Many SVG2 and CSS3 properties are now supported (e.g. paint-order, mix-blend-mode). Not all are available from the GUI
- The new Object dialog allows to select, label, hide and lock any object in the drawing from a dialog that lists them all
- Selection sets make it possible to 'group' objects together regardless of document structure
- Guides can now be locked to avoid accidental movement
- Several new path effects have been added, among them Envelope/Perspective, Lattice Deformation, Mirror and Rotate Copies
- There are several new extensions (e.g. a seamless pattern extension) and a new filter (colorblindness simulation) included in the release, many old extensions have been updated or got new features
- Spray tool and measure tool received a set of nifty new features
- Interactive smoothing for lines created with the Pencil tool
- BSplines (and more) are available for the Pen tool
- Checkerboard background can be used to more easily see object transparencies
Reviewing 0.91 (Feb 2, 2015)
Just installed the new .91 release. Nice to have native 64-bit Windows version now. It also runs the raster based filters (Marble et. al.) much faster now (like 5 times faster). Not really and artist; just a bitmap manipulator that likes some of Inkscape's raster filters which I use in conjunction w/ GIMP) but this one's a keeper. Thanks again for this cool updated developers. :)
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.
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