Inkscape is an useful drawing application with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, and CorelDraw that uses the W3C standard scalable vector graphics format (SVG).
Some supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping.
In addition, Inkscape supports Creative Commons meta-data, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS, Postscript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.
Inkscape's main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool.
Inkscape supports the drawing of regular shapes (rectangles, circles, etc.), arbitrary paths, and text. These objects can be given a wide variety of attributes such as color, gradient or patterned fills, alpha blending, and markers. Objects can be transformed, cloned, and grouped. Hyperlinks can be added for use in web browsers. The Inkscape program aims to be fully XML, SVG, and CSS compliant.
Inkscape is available prepackaged for the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems. The program and its source code are freely available.
· Apple's X11 windowing environment.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· A security bug was fixed.
· Some major bugs causing crashes when using extensions or the filters editor
· were fixed.
· A bug affecting the outline mode was fixed.
· Inkscape can now be built on platforms with new versions of the Poppler
· library (v0.20 and higher). (bug #1005565)
· Relative path names can be used again on the command line for EPS/PS and
· other file types handled by script extensions (bug #695120)