Software Freedom Conservancy

Inkscape


4.5 / 5
21 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

The Inkscape application is used by design professionals across a wide variety of industries (marketing/branding, engineering/CAD, web graphics, cartooning).


Average Ratings

21 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Pricing Details
    Free download.
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows

Vendor Details

  • Software Freedom Conservancy
  • inkscape.org
  • United States

About Inkscape

Open-source vector graphics tool with object creation and manipulation, rendering, text support, fill and stroke functionality.


Inkscape Features

  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Data Import / Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Image Editor
  • Image Tracing
  • Rendering
  • Templates

Inkscape Reviews Recently Reviewed!


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Feature-filled, cross-platform stable vector graphics software

Aug 27, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Interface is quite similar enough to CorelDraw and Illustrator that using Inkscape is quite intuitive.

In the last few years, Inkscape has improved dramatically and it is now able to create complex, very large drawings.

Inkscape is dedicated to open standards to avoid proprietary vendor lock-in. The software is free to download and use- this is essential for grad students working on a budget. Open source software helps ensure that people have access to excellent software tools irrespective of their capability to pay.

Inkscape is cross-platform software- a fact that allows the use of Inkscape on Windows, Mac, or Linux and ensures that Inkscape documents can be opened on all computers. This is useful in organizations where various people must work together on documents, but may be using different operating systems.

Cons: Inskcape cannot flawlessly import CorelDraw documents. This is very much understandable and is mainly the fault of Corel for having proprietary formats that ensure users are locked-in to their product line.

Inkscape currently lacks the ability to create multiple page documents. If it could, I would use it exclusively for layout and typesetting of brochures and posters.

Overall: I have been using Inkscape since 2008 to create drawings, emblems, and documents since 2008. Inkscape's open-source file format and codebase ensure that Inkscape will be around for many years to come. I would venture to guess that Inkscape will someday become an industry accepted format simply because it will be increasingly adopted by citizens, civil society organizations and local governments that support the principles of open-source software

Very useful tool to create figures and diagrams fast and effectively!

Aug 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I use this tool regularly at work to help me create visuals for my technical reports, whether it be a free body diagram or an image depicting the layout of my assemblies. Inkscape has many useful features, with my favorite being the "Layer" option which allows you to create layers to draw on that can be above or below the beginning layer. This feature allows you to add in certain figures in the background or foreground without having to restart the entire drawing. Another useful tool is the Grid View which displays the entire sheet in a grid like style. This is preferred to me as my drawings are usually needed to be relatively precise and having the grid style helps to ensure that.

Cons: There is not much I can say negatively about this software. It is open source and there are many tutorials online to help you create figures, making it all around an excellent decision for a drawing tool. It lacks some of the more advanced features you would get in PhotoShop but there are little tricks you can do to get around.

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Flexible free vector illustration software

Sep 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have to admit, open source software is always intriguing to me. When it works well that is all the better.

One of the best features is the conversion tool for taking my black and white line art from a photo and turning it into a quality vector image.

Another great feature is the active blur. With it, I can blur lines and shapes until I get exactly what I want. There is no intermediate step of choosing a number or checking a preview box before applying it.

The software is being actively worked on, and improved. That is a huge plus when looking at open source software of any kind.

Cons: It may be a bit of a bother for some to run it on a Mac. It runs great but it requires Quartz to be installed and then it runs in that. I have used it on Mac PC and Linux with no noticeable differnces.

The interface may be clunky at times, but I'm more concerned with how the tool works than how it looks.

Overall: I have used Inkscape for personal and professional illustrations. I have used it to convert line drawings to vector files for logo and clipart creation. A few hard to open PDFs have even been accessed by Inkscape when I needed to get to something inside.

Does 95% of vector based competitors for FREE

Aug 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Inkscape isn't easy to pick up and learn but neither are any of the other vector-based graphic design software programs. For free, Inkscape really can't be beat. If you need to learn how to do something, the community is all over and you can search online with multiple examples displayed by contributors.

Cons: Very seldomly the software would crash when I started up. This seems to have been fixed.

Overall: I always recommend beginners wanting to learn vector-based software to start with Inkscape because it can do it all and is completely free.

Capterra-loader

Inkscape is an awesome open source vector software

Sep 06, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I love how I can create vector art, design and illustration without a premium "billion-options" platform. I get overwhelmed by photoshop but inkscape has a lot of the same functions without paying a fortune just to get one or two designs

Cons: It has some quirks, some glitches. sometimes if you move an object it glitches and leaves a little trail behind. Sometimes it even shows up on an export. So that's annoying but if you're careful it goes away

Overall: I've used inkscape to design some logos and stickers, and shirts I've used for different outlets. I love how I can use it to create what I need without a lot of fuss

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The best free vectoring software Ive ever used!

Aug 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love this software. I was after a free piece of software to initial try my hand at vector designing logos and images for online use. This software has never let me down in that respect. There is so much functionality, and it is really easy to get to use. It can be quite daunting for those not familiar with this type of software, but its still pretty easy to pick up with a little investment of time to learn properly.

Cons: I have been unable to use keyboard shortcuts with this software as it is installed via XQuartz (which is frustrating when trying to do things relatively quickly). Also, the software uses quite a lot of resources which can take its toll on lower end machines.

Overall: I've been able to design vector-based images for blogs and online use with ease, and excellent results. Would definitely recommend this for people to try, but need to invest some time in learning first!

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Nathaly Inkscape

Oct 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I like the simple way it has to make the strokes, how they are modified and the resolutions of the drawings, allows export / import of other programs. the use of the layers and the different brushes, the little that weighs and that is for all platforms, Windows, Linux and IOS.

Cons: I have no complaints regarding this program and check with other friends who use it and are very satisfied.

Overall: I use this program in my spare time to design or vectorize some handmade drawings.

LOVE LOVE LOVE

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: Love that it is so user friendly and easy to use!!

Cons: Could use some tutorials built into the software. Youtube is a great resource but would be nice to have built it help available.

Overall: I use Inkscape every day for crafting purposes, turning images into svgs. It had been a life saver!!

Great FREE vector software!

Oct 04, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I use Inkscape for designing cut files for my Etsy shop. There is so much versatility in the program; design options are endless. Best of all, it's free!

Cons: I wouldn't recommend this to new users, unless you're comfortable experimenting and learning on your own.

Overall: Overall experience is great; I love the versatility of this program. Being powerful AND free, it has helped my (very) small business save money and offer unique products.

One of the most valuable tools for designers

Mar 31, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: There is a long list, It's open source! and free! The files are extremely light, it can be used other like AI or even browsers that can reading SVG files, sumarizing there is a huge sinergy with a lot of others softwares.

Cons: There is a learning curve, but you can access the a lot of tutorials! there is a lot their in the internet.

Ease of creating vector graphics

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I loved the simple intuitive toolbar located at the side of the page and it is rather easy to create anything you want. The bitmap to svg and pdf import functions are great for me!

Cons: The lack of a pen or a simple shape creator like a drag to adjust rectangle.

Overall: I needed to find a software that can give me musical symbols in clear vector graphics which I can include in my word documents so each symbol takes me around a minute to complete and it allows me to convert entire pages of a pdf file into svg too!

Free and wide range of capabilities

Oct 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: One of the best things about this software is it is free, so you won't have to worry about getting the premium version. Also, it is very easy to learn with the interface provided, so you'll get more editing done.

Cons: If there's one thing I would suggest to improve, it is the wide variety of the tools to achieve more editing goals, otherwise, this is great for many editing projects already!

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A good start

Oct 13, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: My favorite feature is the accessibility, having access to free software. Other programs, with very similar functionalities, have a huge price tag attached to it. Inkscape is great to learn the ropes of vector designing. If you are required to use another software at a job, like Illustrator, making the transition shouldn't bee to difficult.

Cons: Can't export as .jpeg and doesn't support .eps format, but I'm pretty sure there are plugins for that. I'm also not a huge fan of how the interface looks, but that's minor.

Inkscape, a real alternative for vectorial drawing

Aug 25, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use

Supported by a great community

Can works with industry's patterns

There are a lot of documentation and tutorials

Cons: Some tools are no too intuitive

Can't export to JPEG (at least, without plug-ins)

Overall: I have used this tool for a lot of years, and during all this time has covered all my requirements. It allow me to share my work in svg with another applications and programs (for example, when I need to take my work for impression). It's useful for preparing web layouts and for the desing of UIX templates.

Inkscape, the best alternative to other paid illustrating software

Mar 09, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Other popular programs are paid and never were cheap. However, Inkscape takes the cake and, for me, it is the best even among other free vector design software. It proves the fact that being open source or free is not synonymous of low quality. In summary, it is a free, powerful and versatile vector editor.

Cons: It does not have the Pantone palette, possible problems of compatibility with some files, it does not preview effects and filters, and some minimum functions are not available compared to other programs.

Best Adobe Illustrator alternative

Sep 16, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: It's free and gets the job done to make some nice vector graphics

Cons: The UI can be a little bit clunky and some features are not easily available

Capterra-loader

Inkscape is a decent, free alternative to illustrator

Sep 20, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: Its free and has almost all the functionality I need for converting jpegs to .svg files

Cons: The inkscape svg export is really bad, and usually ends up corrupted when importing into a different program. plain svg usually solves this problem. For a free program though, its still pretty good.

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An Illustrators Alternative

Aug 27, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
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Pros: Its free! I've used this software to illustrate a childrens book. I think its quite good once you get a hang of it and I'll probably use it again.

Cons: Its a steep learning curve. Having used a similar software before made it relatively easier to understand the tutorial videos.

inkscape.org does not offer a mobile (Android/iPhone) version of this app, just GNU/Linux & Windows

May 10, 2018
1/5
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1 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It's free as in freedom. inkscape.org is the place to go to get Inkscape. Works on GNU/Linux and Windows.

Cons: The Android version of this software crashed immediately on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. I don't know who the publisher is. inkscape.org doesn't offer an Android version of Inkscape. The publisher in the Google Play Store is not inkscape.org. Don't know the guy.

Capterra-loader

Need to create logo very easy ? So this is the one.

Sep 10, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Free to use software. can create logos as on your mind by using number of tools and options. love that wide range filters.

Cons: Multiple pages not possible. limited kerning control. cant install extensions using inkscape interface.

Overall: Very easy to create nice logos.

Seems good at a glance

Oct 08, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: Built in tutorials unlike other programs like it, and more shapes than many others

Cons: Very boxy not as sleek GUI as I would like