Inkscape is a free, open-source, cross-platform vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or Xara X. Its native file format is SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics).

Homepage: http://inkscape.org

Features include:

  • Object creation:

    • Drawing: pencil tool (freehand drawing), pen tool (Bézier curves, straight lines), calligraphy tool
    • Shape tools: rectangles, ellipses, stars/polygons, spirals
    • Text tool
    • Embedded bitmaps
    • Clones (linked copies of objects)
  • Object manipulation:

    • Affine transformations (moving, scaling, rotating, skewing), both interactively and by specifying exact numeric values
    • Z-order operations
    • Grouping of objects
    • Full layer support
    • Alignment and distribution commands
    • Fill and stroke
    • A gradient editor capable of multi-stop gradients
    • Pattern fills (bitmap/vectors)
  • Operations on paths:

    • Node editing: moving nodes and Bézier handles, node alignment and distribution, etc.
    • Converting to path (for text objects or shapes), including converting stroke to path
    • Boolean operations
    • Path simplification
    • Bitmap tracing
    • Text support
    • Kerning, letterspacing, linespacing adjustments
    • Text on path
    • Text in shape
    • Rendering
    • Fully anti-aliased display
    • Alpha transparency support for display and PNG export
  • Misc:

    • Live watching and editing the document tree in the XML editor
    • PNG and PostScript export
    • Command-line options for export and conversions
    • Compliant SVG format file generation and editing
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