Inkscape

Inkscape

Business Graphics Software

4.4/5 (115 reviews)

Inkscape Overview

Inkscape is a web-based Vector Drawing Program which helps you to produce pieces of art such as photo-realistic drawings to charts with statistics. Thanks to HTML5 the SVG can be embedded into web pages. The SVG drawings can be viewed without problems by all the major web browsers and the file format is compact enough to transmit over the internet.

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe and 5 others, India, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

Inkscape Reviews

Overall rating
4.4/5
90% positive reviews
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Sébastien L.

To Create High-Quality Vector Images for Free, Look No Further Than Inkscape

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/04/18
Review Source: Capterra

Because Inkscape is able to work with many different image formats, it has enabled me to convert raster images to vectors at work, making it possible to print high quality promotional material. Its ability to open and modify PDF and AI (Adobe Illustrator) files is a real plus, as designers will often send their work in those formats. I have encountered a few frustrations while using it, but my overall experience is definitely positive and I would recommend this software any day of the week to any person getting into vector graphics design. Inkscape is a polished piece of software, working as expected on all major platforms (Windows, MacOS and Linux). For some rare corner cases, it even provides a built-in XML editor, allowing you to edit textually any detail of your creation, which can surprisingly be easier to understand by abstracting away the user interface in a readable format. It can be overwhelming to learn how to use all of its features, but there are great resources available on Internet and in the "Help" menu in Inkscape, including a lengthy manual and tutorials ranging from basic to advanced level.

Pros

One of the features I like the most about Inkscape, apart from the fact that it is an open source (free) software, is its ability to convert bitmap images to vectors, which can be done in a variety of ways depending on the desired result (brightness cutoff, edge detection, color quantization, etc.). The Bezier tool is also very intuitive to use, even more so than in other applications such as GIMP, which doesn't support paths and SVG as well as Inkscape. Using the Bezier, you can either draw an approximate path to be modified later or add precise curves along the way to minimize the work to be done after the path is created. Some tools, like Spray, Eraser and Gradient, provide some handy shortcuts to create absolutely interesting effects without much effort. For instance, Spray can take another object as a selection, the Eraser automatically redraws the modified paths without the erased part and the Gradient tool can take as an argument the average color in a selection. Most of the commonly used tools are present by default, but you can choose to move or remove many of them. Amongst those tools, there are many snapping behaviors available that can be turned on and off quickly along with many more windows that can pop up or be reduced on demand. It takes some time to get used to the way windows can be rearranged, but it provides greater flexibility down the road.

Cons

Inkscape is filled with so many options that the default interface can look like a mess on small resolution screens: hopefully, it is possible to remove less used buttons by customizing the interface. Sometimes, when working with images that render a very high amount of details by applying filters, the software becomes slow and may unexpectedly crash. Unfortunately, it is a hard problem to avoid, the only available choice being to use as few filters as possible until the very end. Without using extensions, it is also hard to position guides according to your needs: you have to do manual calculations to make sure you can properly align guides between them. There are many ways to snap objects together, but it's still tricky to try to center a vertex from one object to the center point between two other points from only a portion of a second object: again, manual calculations need to be involved. On smaller screens of less than 17 inches, many long menus when selecting cover up to the bottom of the screen, making it impossible to read the description for each tool that appears in the bottom part of the main window that stays beneath the menu, leading to forceful experimentation in order to guess what each option does.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Infiyaz K.

The best open source option for creating vector graphics

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/12/26
Review Source: Capterra

Compared to the minor setbacks, I recommend InkScape for all vector drawings.

Pros

If you're looking to 'create' vector graphics, InkScape is very straightforward and simple to use. It has a well-arranged menu system and it allows you to do any 2D graphic that you'd otherwise create using expensive programs like Illustrator.

It runs on most platforms - for me I need to use it on Windows and Ubuntu and it works without a flaw.

It supports layers but you don't really need it since you can easily re-edit every single object even on the same layer.

The fact that the files created are as SVGs allows the images to be directly opened on all modern web browsers.

I truly admire the work of the developers here as this is a great open source program and you can just download it for free.

Cons

These are the main drawbacks of InkScape:
1. You can only export images as PNG files if you need bitmap exports. Not even JPEG is possible.
2. 3D graphics are not possible.
3. Saving as other formats or importing from AI files is not always great. It seems a little buggy.
4. There is no way to know if your colours are print or screen-friendly. This is something that you find important especially for printing logos and art work.

Despite these drawbacks, I always choose it as I find it very comfortable working with it.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Nigel masimba R.

Simple, Compact Vector graphics software

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/04/02
Review Source: Capterra

Despite all the cons I love Inkscape and It fits my workflow and office setup. It gives way more value that I could ask for from a free application.

Open source communities are adapting to the rise of cloud-based sass versions of applications and Inkscape will eventually find its place on the cloud too. Unless Inkscape competitors release features that make Inkscape economically unviable I'll be sticking to Inkscape.

Inkscape's not the sharpest tool but it gets the job done!

Pros

It's free and open source. You can use it professionally and not pay a dime!

Inkscape has a low barrier to entry compared to premium vector graphics software like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. The tools are fairly straight forward for a novice to learn and there are lots of resources online if help is needed.

Inkscape is light on system resources so you don't have to worry about Memory or CPU usage.

Inkscape works accross all major desktop operating systems ( Window, Mac and Linux )

Cons

There are no cloud-based services for Inkscape that I know of. This will disadvantage Inkscape users going into the future. Presently, there is no system in place for Inkscape users to collaborate online. There are also no workflow tools for Inkscape, like automatic cloud backup, or revision history.

While Inkscape gets the job done, the variety of advanced tools it has pales in comparison to premium vector graphics applications.

Inkscape usually lags behind in major innovations for vector graphics software. Premium graphics editors often release updates that leave Inkscape users behind for long periods.

It periodically crashes for no apparent reason.

The pagination and layering functions are a bit finicky to use, at least for me.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10

Great Free Alternative to Adobe Illustrator

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2018/12/06
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, this program is great when paired with a paint program, something to support the vector. Gimp was really good to pair with it. I would definitely recommend

Pros

Inkscape is a vector software that allows you to make clean logos, illustrations, infographics, etc. I only just downloaded this program about a week ago but I've already used it in my freelance illustration job. The other program I had been using was Gimp, another free software. But Gimp wasn't allowing me to create basic shapes. So I was able to save the file I was working on in Gimp as a .pdf file and then bring it over to Inkscape where I added boxes that were perfectly resizeable and did not anchor after you made them. I was able to go back and adjust the color of the boxes and also add and format text within them. It was beautiful.
Inkscape is part of GNU which is the Free Software Movement put in place for just that-- freedom of software, bringing people from all walks of life into an equal platform. So that is why I chose to pair my previous Gimp software with this free Inkscape software as they are part of GNU Systems. Actually, Inkscape borrows some tools and coding from GIMP making it so easy and natural to jump between the two programs in one project. I'd go as far as to say that Inkscape is to Gimp what Adobe Illustrator is to Adobe Photoshop. Each is needed in it's own capacity, each tackle the same job at different angles.

Cons

This is purely asthetic but one thing I was slightly put off by was the white layout. When I first logged into the program, it reminded me of Sticky Notes on my computer. It didn't have that Adobe-esque feel that Gimp had with basically the same dark design. It just didn't feel like it could hold up to creating numerous graphic layers and really tricky tool maneuvers. While obviously it is not Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape seems like it has a lot of essential features to pair up with Gimp, that when these two free programs are paired, the result is very similar to Adobe Suite products. It is a bit different in the tools area as AI. I wasn't able to figure out how to move objects onto different layers. It wasn't as intuitive as AI or Gimp, for that matter.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Arun K.

Inkscape Teached Me The Basics Of Logo Desgning

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/06/13
Review Source: Capterra

Even you face a little bit of trouble for figuring out the operations in Inkscape, I definitely recommend this for logo designing and vector graphics.Best platform which i used up to date for the same purposes.

Pros

I started to using Inkscape from 2019.Inkscape works really well in making logos and vectors in a simple format.One of the best featurre it provides is called node editing.Its capability of handling node editing impressed me alot.I think Inkscape is the best designing software to start graphic designing , if you are not familiar with any other softwares like adobe illustrator.One of the best speciality of Inkscape is that , it is totally free and it works well in all major operating systeems like windows,mas o.s and linux.If you are running a business , this one is suited for small, medium and also well suited for freelancers .Even i didn't tried much about vector designing in Inkscape, i believe this one helps to learn about basics of vector designing more easily that otheer graphics softwares like corel draw.You can set and edit or convert nodes is the best thing about Inkscape.It also support path simplification with variable threshold, path insetting and outsetting, object creation,bitmap tracing etc.I always like to use the speciality of converting a real picture into good looking and creative logos using Bezier curve tool.If you are looking to learn logo making and digital vectors, i always recommend Inkscape.This one helped me alot to learning in designing some logos.

Cons

If you are dealing with very large projects, it has some tendancy to freeze for sometime and this makes to feel bad while working on projects.It may be difficult to operate atfirst time after installation because of the new tools and features which are unfamiliar to a person who is a novice in digital graphics.So think it will take some time to figure out how Inscape is working.Even they provide tutorials about the working, most of people feel like an alien at the time of first use.Definitely i faced saving my work as in .jpeg or .gif format primarly and also it does not support .ai extension files.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Inkscape Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Value for money

This tool is free.

Inkscape Features


  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Chat
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Commenting
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • File Management
  • Permission Management
  • Projections
  • SSL Security
  • Search Functionality
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for Inkscape

Key features of Inkscape

  • Gradients, blurs, and other various other techniques
  • Supports editing multiple paths at the same time
  • Supports many advanced SVG features
  • Text Tool

Benefits

This Vector Drawing Program is useful for Illustrations, Infographics, simple line drawings, cartoons, complex art, organization charts,...

Inkscape FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Inkscape.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Inkscape offer?

Inkscape offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Open Source

Free Trial: Not Available

This tool is free.

Q. What are the main features of Inkscape?

Inkscape offers the following features:

  • Gradients, blurs, and other various other techniques
  • Supports editing multiple paths at the same time
  • Supports many advanced SVG features
  • Text Tool

Q. Who are the typical users of Inkscape?

Inkscape has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Small Business

Q. What languages does Inkscape support?

Inkscape supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Inkscape offer?

Inkscape has the following pricing plans:

Free, Open Source

Q. Does Inkscape support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Inkscape supports

Q. What other apps does Inkscape integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations Inkscape has

Q. What level of support does Inkscape offer?

We do not have any information about what support options Inkscape has