Useful Open Source Software: Inkscape

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update 6/11/2024: this is a post from a blog that I contributed to in 2011 called TechHacking, it shut down eventually but I was happy to be able to find some of my work through the internet archive.

Inkscape is a free and open source Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Editor. It it similar to Adobe Illustrator. While it lacks some of the more advanced features of proprietary SVG editors, it still has stunning capabilities allowing you to make brilliant drawings and graphics.

Vector Graphics are basically resolution-independent graphics, in comparison to bitmap graphics which are always bound to their pixels, vector graphics are stored through a mathematical formula in lines, shapes, and colors allowing them to become virtually any size without losing their quality – hence the term scalable (in SVG). Vector graphics can be very useful when developing logos and banners for your website.

inkscape screenshot

Inkscape has recently released a new version (0.48.1) which will be available for download soon. Some new features in version .48 include:

The new features in 0.48.1 build upon the already wonderful program. As this program continues to be developed in an open source environment, it will be exciting to see its growth. In addition to GIMP and several other graphic design programs (to be covered soon), Inkscape adds a significant piece of software to open source graphical editing capabilities allowing you to create professional graphics without spending any money on software or licenses.

Inkscape is available for download for Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux. If you do any sort of graphic design or have been wanting to try out working with vector graphics, download it today and you will not be disappointed. If you are new to SVG, there are tons of awesome tutorials and guides available to help you get started.

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