Inkscape 0.92.1 Pick
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
Inkscape is a free vector graphics editor that makes it easy for anyone to create and edit graphics in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format. It features a WYSIWYG interface that allows users to manipulate vector images easily without having to deal with the underlying SVG code. You can use it to create and manipulate basic shapes, and it allows you to manipulate object properties using such input devices as touch screens, pen tablets and mice.
The main program interface displayed tools and other features on all sides, with the working area covering the remaining area at the center. The upper part of the window displayed menu, commands and tool controls bars while the toolbar on the left featured drawing and editing tools. The lower part of the interface featured the status bar that displayed useful messages and hints as we worked.
We could pan or scroll the document canvas in various ways using different key combinations and the mouse wheel. We could also zoom in and out in different ways, but the easiest method was by pressing the "+" and "-" keys. The vector graphics editor kept the history of zoom levels that we used in our work sessions. We quickly went back or forward through the history by respectively pressing the assigned hotkeys.
The program let us create documents from scratch or use its many templates. We could also open existing SVG documents, and the software opened separate document windows for different documents. We navigated among the document windows using either the program's dedicated shortcut, Ctrl+Tab, or the window manager, Alt+Tab.
We created vector shapes and filled them with patterns, color gradients or solid colors and stroked their borders with adjustable transparency. Each of the shapes that we created displayed at least one diamond-shaped handle, which we could use to tweak the shape. We could also tweak shapes via the Controls panel, with the effects being applied to the currently selected shapes.
Other basic functions that the program allowed us to perform included:
- Moving, scaling and rotating
- Transforming by keys
- Making multiple selections
- Filling and stroking
- Duplication, alignment and distribution
- Making different kinds of selections
Inkscape is a powerful but free vector graphics editor that features WYSIWYG and flexibility for ease of use. The software strictly complies with W3C SVG standards, allowing users to port images to different applications that run on various platforms.
Software Product Description
"Rocks on Ubuntu"
Reviewer: -Col. Panek
Review Date: 2011-03-11
Pros: Good SVG editor.
Cons: If you want to make block diagrams it may be better to use Dia. But I use both.
Other Thoughts: We suffered Visio for many years until we found this one. If you want to throw off the Microsoft ball & chain this is the way.