Inkscape is a vector drawing program that saves documents to the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format. It runs on Windows, Mac (see the Mac OS X section below), and Linux distros.
The open-source application has comparable features to Adobe Illustratror, CorelDraw, and other professional vector-graphics tools. It has been used for many professional projects , and many prefer it to the previously mentioned applications for some jobs.
- Like many other open-source applications, it is free of charge to download and install.
- There is also a portable application that runs on Windows. A portable app can be places on a USB or external hard drive and run from any computer with Windows.
The canvas is surrounded by toolbars eight toolbars that can be hidden and made visible. They contain the tools that you use to create the objects on the canvas that compose the work of art. Objects are shapes, text boxes, and those that you create with drawing tools.
Here are the toolbars:
Snap Controls Bar
Tool Controls Bar
There is another way to access the tools and features of Inkscape – through the nine menus. There is also a Help menu.
Mac OS X
The instance for Mac computers does not run natively on OS X. It requires an open-source application called XQuartz, that implements the X.Org X Window System.
This system is the X11.app that Apple no longer includes with the latest versions of its operating systems. It was discontinued after 10.7.
At this time, team members working on the Mac instance are still switching it to handle Gtk and Glib libraries for OS X. There is an unstable version that runs on OS X.