Inkscape – Open Source vector graphics editor


Inkscape is a Open Source vector graphics editor similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X and using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Its main aim to become a powerful graphic tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG and CSS standards.

Inkscape is a specially designed for Linux but now it also compatible with Mac OSX, and Microsoft Windows.

it supports many advanced SVG features like; basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping etc..

With Inkscape; you can easily edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more.

It also imports several formats like EPS, PostScript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.


  • Object creation (pencil tool, pen tool, Shape tools, calligraphy tool rectangles, ellipses, stars/polygons, spirals, text tool, embedded bitmaps, clones)
  • Object manipulation (Affine transformations – moving, rotating, scaling and skewing , Z-order operations, Grouping objects, Layers, Copying and pasting objects, Alignment and distribution commands)
  • Fill and stroke (Color selector, Color picker tool, Copy/paste style, A gradient editor capable of multi-stop gradients, Pattern fills, Dashed strokes, Path markers)
  • Operations on paths (Node editing, Converting to path, Boolean operations, Path simplification, Path insetting and outsetting, Bitmap tracing)
  • Text support (Multi-line text, Uses any installed outline fonts, including right-to-left scripts, Kerning, letter spacing, line spacing adjustments, Text on path, Text in shape)
  • Rendering (Fully anti-aliased display, Alpha transparency support for display and PNG export, Complete “as you drag” rendering)
  • Miscellaneous (Live watching and editing the document tree in the XML editor, Command line options for export and conversions, Perfectly compliant SVG format file generation and editing)
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