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Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

InkScape is a Linux, Windows & OSX vector graphics editor (SVG format) featuring transparency, gradients, node editing, pattern fills, PNG export, and more. Aiming for capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, Visio, etc.
Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development
Inkscape began in 2003 as a code fork of the Sodipodi project. Sodipodi, developed since 1999, was itself based on Raph Levien's Gill (Gnome Illustration Application).

The fork was led by a team of four former Sodipodi developers (Ted Gould, Bryce Harrington, Nathan Hurst, and MenTaLguY) who identified differences over project objectives, openness to third-party contributions, and technical disagreements as their reasons for forking. With Inkscape, they said they would focus development on implementing the complete SVG standard, whereas Sodipodi development emphasized creating a general-purpose vector graphics editor, possibly at the expense of SVG.

Since the fork, Inkscape's new developers changed it greatly: they rewrote it from C into C++; adopted the GTK+ toolkit C++ bindings (gtkmm); redesigned its user interface, and added a number of new features. Notably, its implementation of the SVG standard, although incomplete, has shown gradual improvement.


Inkscape can natively import the following formats:
  • SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
  • SVG(Z) (gzipped SVG)
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
  • AI (Adobe Illustrator)
  • Most raster formats (JPEG, PNG, GIF, etc.)

Inkscape can import the following formats with aid from extensions:
  • PS (Postscript, using Ghostscript)
  • EPS (Encapsulated Postscript, using Ghostscript)
  • Dia (Dia install required)
  • Xfig (Xfig install required)
  • Sketch (Sketch install required)
  • CorelDRAW (using UniConverter)
  • CGM (using UniConverter)
  • sK1 (using Uniconverter)
  • Inkscape can natively export to various formats including the following:
  • SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
  • SVG(Z) (gzipped SVG)
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
  • PS (Postscript)
  • EPS (Encapsulated Postscript)
  • EPSi
  • AI (Adobe Illustrator)
  • TEX (LaTeX)
  • POV (POVRay)
  • HPGL (Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language)
Download Inkscape 0.48.2 for Windows

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