Draw Freely with Inkscape

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Inkscape is a free, open-source vector graphics editor. Unlike with raster or “bitmapped” graphics, vector image elements can be resized with no loss in quality–no jagged edges. While apps like Photoshop are great with photos and bitmap images, tools like Inkscape or the commercially-available Illustrator or Corel Draw work better for more precise work, like technical drawings, especially where text is incorporated into images, and are vital in applications where images may be resized, as with logos.

Inkscape imports most bitmapped format files. It stores its images in files that conform to the W3C’s SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format, which is directly readable by many newer web browsers. Along with this native format, you can also save your work to .png files, guaranteeing access by all.

Along with the obvious price advantage, Inkscape has a much shallower learning curve than its shrink-wrapped peers. This means that you will be up and running, creating real work much sooner.

Inkscape is available for Linux, OS X, and Windows, as complied packages, as well as source code for the adventurous.

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