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Inkscape 0.92.2

Inkscape

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.

In contrast to raster (bitmap) graphics editors such as Photoshop or Gimp, Inkscape stores its graphics in a vector format. Vector graphics is a resolution-independent description of the actual shapes and objects that you see in the image. A rasterization engine uses this information to determine how to plot each line and curve at any resolution or zoom level.

Contrast that to bitmap (raster) graphics which is always bound to a specific resolution and stores an image as a grid of pixels.

Inkscape can import and display bitmap images, too. An imported bitmap becomes yet another object in your vector graphics, and you can do with it everything you can do to other kinds of objects (move, transform, clip, etc.)

While Inkscape does not have all the features of the leading vector editors, the latest versions provide for a large portion of basic vector graphics editing capabilities. People report successfully using Inkscape in a lot of very different projects (web graphics, technical diagrams, icons, creative art, logos, maps).

Inkscape 0.92.2 changelog:

  • Better importing and exporting of EMF/WMF files, PDF/PDF+Latex documents, Visio Stencil files, and XML files
  • Greater stability during printing on Windows
  • Improved fill and stroke HSL color selection
  • Greater stability when reverting and saving files

Among noteworthy feature and usability improvements are:

  • An additional handle at the center of rectangles, circles/ellipses, and stars, to allow quick and accurate alignment of these shapes with other objects
  • A command line option for updating the file's DPI value that allows for easier processing of large file collections
  • Improvements to user-defined shortcuts, including the acceptance of previously restricted special characters [full release notes]

Download: Inkscape 32-bit | MSI | Standalone | ~60.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Inkscape 64-bit | MSI | Standalone | ~70.0 MB
Download: Inkscape for Other Operating Systems
View: Inkscape Website

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