Inkscape

by Software Freedom Conservancy

4.5 / 5 39 reviews
Inkscape

Who Uses This Software?

The Inkscape application is used by design professionals across a wide variety of industries (marketing/branding, engineering/CAD, web graphics, cartooning).

Average Ratings

39 reviews
  • Overall 4.5 / 5
  • Ease of Use 4 / 5
  • Customer Service 4 / 5
  • Features 4.5 / 5
  • Value for Money 5 / 5

Product Details

  • Starting Price $0
  • Pricing Details Free download.
  • Free Version Yes
  • Free Trial Yes
  • Deployment Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows

Vendor Details

  • Software Freedom Conservancy
  • https://inkscape.org

About Inkscape

Open-source vector graphics tool with object creation and manipulation, rendering, text support, fill and stroke functionality.

Inkscape Features

  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Data Import / Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Image Editor
  • Image Tracing
  • Rendering
  • Templates

Inkscape Most Helpful Reviews

Great Free Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Translate with Google Reviewed on 12/6/2018
Transcriptionist
Graphic Design, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source 
Source: asdf
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: Overall, this program is great when paired with a paint program, something to support the vector. Gimp was really good to pair with it. I would definitely recommend

Pros: Inkscape is a vector software that allows you to make clean logos, illustrations, infographics, etc. I only just downloaded this program about a week ago but I've already used it in my freelance illustration job. The other program I had been using was Gimp, another free software. But Gimp wasn't allowing me to create basic shapes. So I was able to save the file I was working on in Gimp as a .pdf file and then bring it over to Inkscape where I added boxes that were perfectly resizeable and did not anchor after you made them. I was able to go back and adjust the color of the boxes and also add and format text within them. It was beautiful.
Inkscape is part of GNU which is the Free Software Movement put in place for just that-- freedom of software, bringing people from all walks of life into an equal platform. So that is why I chose to pair my previous Gimp software with this free Inkscape software as they are part of GNU Systems. Actually, Inkscape borrows some tools and coding from GIMP making it so easy and natural to jump between the two programs in one project. I'd go as far as to say that Inkscape is to Gimp what Adobe Illustrator is to Adobe Photoshop. Each is needed in it's own capacity, each tackle the same job at different angles.

Cons: This is purely asthetic but one thing I was slightly put off by was the white layout. When I first logged into the program, it reminded me of Sticky Notes on my computer. It didn't have that Adobe-esque feel that Gimp had with basically the same dark design. It just didn't feel like it could hold up to creating numerous graphic layers and really tricky tool maneuvers. While obviously it is not Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape seems like it has a lot of essential features to pair up with Gimp, that when these two free programs are paired, the result is very similar to Adobe Suite products. It is a bit different in the tools area as AI. I wasn't able to figure out how to move objects onto different layers. It wasn't as intuitive as AI or Gimp, for that matter.

Feature-filled, cross-platform stable vector graphics software

Translate with Google Reviewed on 8/27/2018
Ray A.
Research and Cultural Consultant, Editor/writer, interpreter.
Health, Wellness & Fitness, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
Source: asdf
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: I have been using Inkscape since 2008 to create drawings, emblems, and documents since 2008. Inkscape's open-source file format and codebase ensure that Inkscape will be around for many years to come. I would venture to guess that Inkscape will someday become an industry accepted format simply because it will be increasingly adopted by citizens, civil society organizations and local governments that support the principles of open-source software

Pros: Interface is quite similar enough to CorelDraw and Illustrator that using Inkscape is quite intuitive. In the last few years, Inkscape has improved dramatically and it is now able to create complex, very large drawings. Inkscape is dedicated to open standards to avoid proprietary vendor lock-in. The software is free to download and use- this is essential for grad students working on a budget. Open source software helps ensure that people have access to excellent software tools irrespective of their capability to pay. Inkscape is cross-platform software- a fact that allows the use of Inkscape on Windows, Mac, or Linux and ensures that Inkscape documents can be opened on all computers. This is useful in organizations where various people must work together on documents, but may be using different operating systems.

Cons: Inskcape cannot flawlessly import CorelDraw documents. This is very much understandable and is mainly the fault of Corel for having proprietary formats that ensure users are locked-in to their product line. Inkscape currently lacks the ability to create multiple page documents. If it could, I would use it exclusively for layout and typesetting of brochures and posters.

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