Follow us on:

Home » About » Overview

Overview

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.

For Designers of all Kinds

The design process may begin by doodles on a napkin, a sketched mindmap, a photo of a memorable object, or a mockup in software which really wouldn't work to complete the project.  Inkscape can take you from this stage to a final, professional-grade design format which is ready for publication on the web or in physical form.

If you are new to the process of creating vector graphics it may feel different, but you will quickly be pleased by the flexibility, and power Inkscape offers. Vector design is often the preferred method of image creation for logos, illustrations and art which require high scalability. The Inkscape application is used across a wide variety of industries (marketing/branding, engineering/CAD, web graphics, cartooning) and individual uses.

There are many learning resources available, take advantage of them!

Professional Publishing

All Inkscape projects may be exported in formats friendly to web browsers or commercial printer rooms. It is cross-platform, which means it is easy to run on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux distributions. Visit the Download page to install or share this application now.

Free Community

Inkscape is free! By this, we mean it is free of cost, free to use and distribute, and open to peak into the source code. The Download page lists released builds as well as some developmental and source code links.

The software development of Inkscape adheres to opensource standards, and is intended to provide the user community with a solid, usable product.  The process is an open, community-oriented development which focuses on a small core and extensibility.  The historic baseline is the Sodipodi Hydra codebase. Please consider joining us if you have an interest, skill or positive voice you would like to offer.  Visit our Develop page to learn more.