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Inkscape is a free software vector graphics editor. Its stated goal is to become a powerful graphic tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG and CSS standards. The primary development platform is Linux, but it is cross-platform and runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix-like operating systems.


Detail Features of INKSKAPE
Object creation

* Drawing:
o Pencil tool (freehand drawing with stroked paths)
o Pen tool (creating paths with Bezier curves and straight lines)
o Calligraphy tool (freehand drawing with calligraphic strokes, tablet pressure/angle support)
* Shape tools:
o Rectangles (optionally with rounded corners)
o Ellipses (optionally circles, arcs, segments)
o Stars/polygons (optionally rounded or randomized)
o Spirals
* Text tool (regular, multiline or flowed text)
* Linked bitmap images, either imported or rasterized from selected objects (a separate utility for embedding linked images comes with the program)
* Clones (“live” linked copies of objects). Other programs refer to similar functionality as “symbols”.

[edit] Object manipulation

* Affine transformations (moving, scaling, rotating, skewing), both interactively and by specifying numeric values
* Z-order operations
* Grouping objects, with a way to “select in group” without ungrouping, or “enter the group” making it a temporary layer
* Layers, with a way to lock and/or hide individual layers, rearrange them, etc; layers can form a hierarchical tree
* Copying and pasting objects
* Alignment and distribution commands, including grid arrange, randomization, unclumping
* A tool to create patterns of clones, using wallpaper symmetries plus arbitrary scales, shifts, rotates, and color changes, optionally randomized
* Grid and guide snapping

[edit] Fill and stroke

* Color selector (RGB, HSL, CMYK, color wheel)
* Color picker (“dropper”) tool
* Copy/paste style between objects
* On-canvas gradient editing with draggable and mergeable handles
* A gradient editor capable of multi-stop gradients
* Pattern fills
* Masks
* Dashed strokes, with predefined dash patterns
* Path markers (e.g. arrowheads)

[edit] Operations on paths

* Node editing: moving nodes and Bezier curve handles, node alignment and distribution, scaling and rotating node groups, “node sculpting” (proportional editing of multiple nodes)
* Converting to path (for text objects or shapes), including converting stroke to path
* Boolean operations (union, intersection, difference, exclusion, division)
* Path simplification, with variable threshold
* Path insetting and outsetting, including dynamic and linked offset objects
* Clipping paths (non-destructive clipping)
* Bitmap tracing (both color and b/w)

[edit] Text support

* Multi-line text (SVG 1.0/1.1 )
* Flowed text in frame(s) (, formerly proposed for SVG 1.2)
* Full on-canvas editability, including styled text spans
* Uses any outline fonts installed on the system
* Can use any scripts and languages supported by the Pango library (e.g. Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, etc.)
* Kerning, letterspacing, linespacing adjustments
* Text on path (both text and path remain editable)

[edit] Rendering

* 256x (25600%) maximum zoom
* Fully anti-aliased display
* Alpha transparency support for display and PNG export
* Outline (wireframe) mode
* Complete “as you drag” rendering of objects during interactive transformations

[edit] Miscellaneous

* Connector tool for diagrams
* Collaborative editing over a network (whiteboard)
* Live watching and editing the document tree in the XML editor
* PNG export
* PostScript and PDF export (although export of fill patterns and grayscale does not yet work as of version 0.44)
* Command line options for export, conversions, and analysis of SVG files
* RDF metadata (authorship, date, license, etc.)
* Extension support
* User interface is translated in more than 40 languages


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