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Inkscape is a drawing tool with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, and CorelDraw that uses the W3C standard scalable vector graphics format (SVG). The supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, it supports Creative Commons meta-data, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS, Postscript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

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Recent releases

  •  22 Sep 2013 11:27

    Release Notes: A security bug was fixed. Some major bugs causing crashes when using extensions or the filters editor were fixed. A bug affecting the outline mode was fixed. Inkscape can now be built on platforms with new versions of the Poppler library (0.20 and higher). Relative path names can be used again on the commandline for EPS/PS and other file types handled by script extensions. Basque, Belarusian, French, anUkrainian UI translations have been updated.

    •  05 Feb 2007 22:52

      Release Notes: This release adds a new Gaussian Blur SVG filter. This allows you to softly and naturally blur any Inkscape objects, and enables a wide range of photorealistic effects such as shading, drop shadows, glows, etc. A history dialog allows you to browse your change history. There have been performance improvements to rendering speed, on the order of 2-3% in general. Compositing quality is also improved through the removal of banding seen in gradients.

      •  14 Sep 2006 11:53

        Release Notes: This bugfix version fixed some crashes on Windows and Mac OS X along with packaging issues.

        •  24 Jun 2006 21:16

          Release Notes: New features include the Layers dialog, support for clipping and masking, improved PDF export with transparency, configurable keyboard shortcuts, an innovative "node sculpting" capability in the Node tool, and the Outline mode. Significant gains were achieved in performance, especially in screen rendering and the Node tool. Noticeable user interface changes include docked color swatches, an interactive style indicator in the statusbar, a redesigned preferences dialog, a text toolbar, and new icons.

          •  21 Nov 2005 14:22

            Release Notes: Connectors were added. Inkboard networked collaborative editing was implemented using Jabber. Tablet pressure and tilt sensitivity are now supported. Node editing was improved. New extensions include envelope distortion, whirling, and adding nodes. Precision was improved. Limits were expanded. Usability was improved. Several bugfixes were made. SVG compliance was enhanced with support for the viewBox element.

            Recent comments

            09 Oct 2009 13:58 shlomif

            Inkscape is a superb vector graphics editor. Back when I was still using Windows (first 3.x - then 95/98/etc.), I remember learning how to use Corel-Draw and finding it a great way to create attractive graphics relatively easily. As a result, I've been waiting for a decent vector graphics editor on Linux for a long time.

            With xfig being incredibly counter-intuitive and non-discoverable, and skencil being incredibly limited (and one that also undergone a lengthy rewrite), and Kontour (formerly KIllustrator) being relatively nice, but not too powerful, I was very happy when Sodipodi was forked into Inkscape and that we finally had a powerful, open-source, well-documented and intuitive vector graphics program, and that it was truly cross-platform.

            I still miss some features from Corel-Draw (like perspective transformation, its so-called Fractal Fill, etc.) but Inkscape has some distinctive advantages, such as better support for Alpha translucency. And naturally, while I can no longer open some of my old CDR files due to missing fonts or lack of support for my old Corel-Draw version (4), Inkscape files are standard and documented SVG.

            I recommend everyone to go over the Inkscape tutorials which are very instructive and enlightening.

            Finally, here are some designs I've created using Inkscape. Not very artistic, but still may be attractive and get the point across.



            13 May 2009 13:15 Danilchenko

            Very simple and powerfull replacement of Adobe Illustrator.
            I use it with GIMP for create newest web2.0 sites.
            Good translated on my native russian language!


            P.S. Please, add underlined option for text edit. Thanks!

            27 Feb 2009 22:51 cade

            new release, 0.46


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