By Deane Barker on September 9, 2004

I N K S C A P E . Draw Freely: This has been a hole in the open-source landscape for a while now. Good to see it filled.

Inkscape is an open source SVG editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, Visio, etc. Supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, node editing, svg-to-png export, grouping, and more.

Inkscape was registered on SourceForge last October.

The screenshots look very good. Here are more features from the Wikipedia entry. I don’t know what half this stuff means, but it sure sounds impressive.

Inkscape supports grouping, affine transformations, z-order operations, direct node editing, freehand drawing, several flexible shape tools, converting to path, boolean operations, path simplification and offsetting, text kerning and tracking, multi-stop gradients, dashed strokes, path markers (e.g. arrowheads), clones (linked copies), pattern fills, live watching and editing the document tree in the XML editor, PNG and PostScript export…



  1. Actually, I think Inkscape is an offshoot of SodiPodi, which has been around for some time. I’ve got Inkscape on my laptop, and it’s a decent tool for line drawing, but it has some distance to go before it catches up with the commercial packages.

    Umbrello is your tool for UML modeling, if that’s what you’re trying to diagram.

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