Inkscape

Business Graphics Software

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Inkscape Overview

What is Inkscape?

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.

Inkscape Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Value for money

This tool is free.


Inkscape Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, India
Supported Languages
English

Media

Graphic Software
Graphic Software
Graphic Software
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Inkscape Reviews

Inkscape Reviews

Overall rating
4,4
/
5
Excellent
122

Very good
109

Average
18

Poor
2

Terrible
2

Value for Money
4,8
Features
4,3
Ease of Use
3,8
Customer Support
4
91% recommended this app
Sébastien L.

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

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.


Rodrigo T.

Great for SVG

Years ago I started using Inkscape seriously, to create things like logos and baners, after a short learning curve, the tool became very useful, and its use was almost daily for a while. However, when I started trying to create derivative works, from resources bought in asset stores, which usually come as AI or EPS, I started having problems. Today I use it in conjunction with the paid tools, because its support for SVG is really great, and some quick tasks are done in an easier way than in other software, such as converting to PNG, which is much less bureaucratic.


Brent B.

Inkscape is great for beginning graphic artists and people on a budget

I used Inkscape when I first launched my business because it is by far the best option out there for FREE! I could not have ever created any of my first designs without this program.


Verified Reviewer

You get what you pay for.

Inkscape is a great solution for someone working alone or wanting to learn principles of vector graphic creation. I was surprised at how robust it is. That said, I need to be able output artwork and formats that my printers are going to easily be able to work with, without loss of I was surprised at how robust it is. That said, I need to be able to output artwork and formats that my printers are going to easily be able to work with, without loss of fidelity in translation.


Verified Reviewer

Fantastic free tool for vector graphics

Overall, I'm very happy with Inkscape and use it to create/edit logos, banners, and other illustrations.


Sébastien L.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 2-10 Employees

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

Rodrigo T.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great for SVG

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/05/12
Review Source: Capterra

Years ago I started using Inkscape seriously, to create things like logos and baners, after a short learning curve, the tool became very useful, and its use was almost daily for a while. However, when I started trying to create derivative works, from resources bought in asset stores, which usually come as AI or EPS, I started having problems. Today I use it in conjunction with the paid tools, because its support for SVG is really great, and some quick tasks are done in an easier way than in other software, such as converting to PNG, which is much less bureaucratic.

Pros

The fact that Inkscape is free software and is great for editing SVG format makes it an indispensable tool.

Cons

The most important thing for commercial use, which makes it impractical to use Inkscape alone is the limited support for .AI and .EPS files, as these are popular formats for distributing content in asset stores.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Brent B.
Industry: Apparel & Fashion
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Inkscape is great for beginning graphic artists and people on a budget

Used Other for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2020/10/18
Review Source: Capterra

I used Inkscape when I first launched my business because it is by far the best option out there for FREE! I could not have ever created any of my first designs without this program.

Pros

Pros:
It's open source which means it's FREE!
Similar layout to Adobe Illustrator
Very powerful

Cons

Cons:
There is a pretty steep learning curve (especially if you've never used a vector program before)
Although it's very powerful, it lacks some options that the competitors offer

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 2-10 Employees

You get what you pay for.

Used Other for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/11/20
Review Source: Capterra

Inkscape is a great solution for someone working alone or wanting to learn principles of vector graphic creation. I was surprised at how robust it is. That said, I need to be able output artwork and formats that my printers are going to easily be able to work with, without loss of I was surprised at how robust it is. That said, I need to be able to output artwork and formats that my printers are going to easily be able to work with, without loss of fidelity in translation.

Pros

Number one, I appreciated that it was available free of charge. For a product that is open source, it has some powerful functionality.

Cons

At the end of the day, working in a collaborative varmint or environments, it’s important to be working with similar tools. In my case, working with multiple teams of creatives means It is much easier to collaborate if we’re all using the same tool.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 3.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Fantastic free tool for vector graphics

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2020/08/26
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I'm very happy with Inkscape and use it to create/edit logos, banners, and other illustrations.

Pros

Without question, the best thing about Inkscape is the fact that it's completely free. It offers all the tools you'd ever need and has lots of useful extensions for more specific needs.

Cons

It's hard for me to find something to dislike about Inkscape. I'd only say that it could use some tweaks in the interface itself, especially in the dark theme.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8,4/10
Based on 253 user ratings
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Inkscape Pricing

Inkscape Pricing

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

This tool is free.

This tool is free.

Value for Money
4,8/5
Based on 253 user ratings
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Inkscape Features

Inkscape Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customizable Branding
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4,3/5
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Additional information for Inkscape

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

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:

Small Business, Freelancers

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?

Inkscape integrates with the following applications:

Blissfully

Q. What level of support does Inkscape offer?

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