Inkscape is a free and open source vector graphics editor with a rich set of features that is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming and flowcharting. It uses vector graphics to allow for sharp printouts and renderings at unlimited resolution.
Inkscape features a comprehensive set of abilities similar to those of Adobe’s Illustrator, a straight-forward intuitive interface, and is designed to be extensible by various add-ons. For some rare corner cases, it even provides a built-in XML editor, allowing you to edit textually any detail of your creation.
As any software of this complexity, it can be overwhelming to learn how to use all of Inkscape’s features, but there are great resources available online and in the “Learn” menu in Inkscape, including a lengthy manual and tutorials ranging from basic to advanced level.
Inkscape uses the standardized SVG file format as its main format, which is supported by many other applications including web browsers. It can import and export various file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, PS and PNG, which makes it easy to integrate in various coures’ workflows.
Inkscape is a desktop app and runs on Mac, Windows and Linux platforms. It may be used in over 90 languages.
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