Inkscape Opensource Vector Drawing Software
Inskcape software allows you to create and edit drawings and vector paths
About Inkscape software
Inkscape is a free vector graphics editing software program, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, and Xara X, using the standard or W3C Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
This free vector drawing software program was created from the Sodipodi
project and a Gill code fork, a software program created by Raph
Levien for the GNOME desktop. The primary goal of Inkscape is to
create a powerful and easy-to-use drawing tool, fully compliant
with XML, SVG and CSS standards.
Inkscape is available on Windows, Mac Os X, Linux, Ubuntu and OpenSUSE
Inkscape software allows you to create vector drawings and prepare usable vector paths for cutting or laser engraving.
Inkscape software helps you:
Create drawings and 2D shapes freehand or from pre-defined
shapes (rectangle, oval, polygon, spiral, etc.)
Transform, group, align, combine, and sequence 2D shapes
Fill in 2D shapes with solids, gradients, or patterns
Create dotted outlines, with several pre-defined dotted patterns
Convert shapes and texts into paths, especially to convert
outlines into paths
Vectorize raster images by creating monochromatic or color
paths (Bitmap vectorization)
Create texts based on pre-defined paths
Create texts incorporated in a shape (with the text following
the outline of the shape)
- Export to many vector design formats, SVG in particular
Vector files with Inkscape: List of Formats
Inkscape software supports importing:
The following photo file formats:
Postscript, EPS, JPEG, PNG and TIFF
The following vector file formats:
EPS and SVG
When exporting, svg files are back up with units in pixels. You should know that in Inkscape 90 dpi = 90 px = 1 inch = 25.4 mm (the conversion factor is different in Illustrator software).
There are very useful and easy-to-use plugins for Inkscape software,
to design vector files to be used for laser cutting:
- Creating “tabbed” boxes from a series of dimensions
- Creating puzzle pieces for a given shape
- Creating gears and sprockets
Inkscape software is free and can be downloaded on the official website.