Inkscape 0.48.2

Open-source tool for working with professional-grade vector graphics

  • Category:

    Graphics Editors

  • Version:

    0.48.2

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows 95

  • Also available for:

    Mac

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (gpl)
  • Vote:
    6.8 (126)

Vector graphics have the advantage that they do not lose quality when they are enlarged, but you need special software like Inkscape to create or edit them easily. You do not need technical skills to use the program, thanks to its WYSIWYG interface where you see things just as they will appear.

Working with Inkscape

The versatile editor for vector graphics features many keyboard shortcuts, including both global hotkeys and those that are unique to it. You can perform many tasks using either the keyboard alone or in combination with the mouse scroll wheel. You can create basic shapes and manipulate their properties with the mouse or other input devices like touch screens and pen tablets.

The program provides many tools and controls for creating and editing SVG documents. A vertical pane on the left part of the program window contains various tools for creating new files and editing existing ones. The upper part of the program window contains the menu bar as well as controls and commands bars for manipulating documents. On the bottom part of the user interface is a status bar that displays different messages as you continue creating or editing your SVG document.

Inkscape comes with many templates that you can use to create documents quickly, but you also have the option of starting your document with a blank page. You can open multiple document pages at the same time and switch among them using either Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Tab key combinations.

You can zoom in or out of your documents and make multiple selections. The program will store a record of the zooms that you make in a session, which you may easily revisit when the session is still open.

You may save your SVG files and use them in different applications.

Pros

  • Features many keyboard shorcuts
  • Easy for newbies

Cons

  • Tends to be slow

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