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I have just migrated to Ubuntu a few months ago, and find myself wanting Illustrator again. What is the best alternative for vector based drawing? Can Gimp do vector as well, or is it mainly pixel based like Photoshop?

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You can try Inkscape Install InkScape. It is built for vector graphics. If you need an animation tool, you can use Synfig-studio Install Synfig-studio.

GIMP can do vector graphics, but it is designed for (and should be used for) raster.

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This Inkscape is very nice. I think I will adapt quite nicely. –  robx Jun 7 '11 at 1:33
    
The Synfig package has been orphaned in Debian and consequently removed from Ubuntu. You'd be better off linking to the Synfig project page itself. –  detly Jan 8 '12 at 4:22
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@detly: The package is added back in Quantal and Raring. –  Mechanical snail Feb 7 '13 at 2:40
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There is also a helpful guide on using Inkscape for Illustrator users.

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Guides are always great to have. Thank you. –  robx Jun 7 '11 at 1:33
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Inkscape is a very, very good choice for that. It is built for vector graphics, which in many cases is exactly what you want.

For pixel graphics (photos, etc..) the GIMP is nicely powerful and fully-featured.

For Desktop publishing and Layouts, I like using scribusNG

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Nice one, this will have me from having to ask sooner or later as i occasionally use desktop publisher as well. –  robx Jun 7 '11 at 2:31
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XaraExtreme http://www.xaraxtreme.org/

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another good one. thanks. –  robx Jun 12 '11 at 3:44
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OpenOffice.org Draw is another alternative.

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Inkscape is a good alternative, and if you want more complicated vector graphic, you could try Torapp guilloche designer, it is free and runs in Chrome 20 and above. No installation and plugin is needed.

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