Inkscape Features

Inkscape

Business Graphics Software

4.38/5 (241 reviews)

Inkscape Feature Summary

  • Text Tool
  • Supports editing multiple paths at the same time
  • Gradients, blurs, and other various other techniques
  • Supports many advanced SVG features

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Inkscape Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Inkscape's features:

James Braithwaite

Best free vector graphics editor

2018-11-13

Pros

Inkscape is feature rich and is able to produce highly professional vector graphics documents.

Cons

User-interface takes a while to get used to.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Arwildo Belekubun

Free and did not require high-end PC requirement

2019-01-25

And Inkspace has alot of user around the world will provide the tutorial trough Google search.

Pros

It's really light compared with other vector graph design software.

Cons

I think this software also need some upgrade so it will still be powerfull vector graph design tool.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Chris LaPlante

Inkscape - free alternative drawing software

2019-02-08

Pros

A suitable alternative to paid software that does most of what I need. Easy to use, many online tutorials available.

Cons

The interface can be clunky and lacks true UI integration with non-Linux OS installs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Joshua Daum

Inkscape offers an Illustrator-like experience, if you're willing to poke around.

2019-08-14

Like I said, the interface took some getting used to (the differences are just...a little weird sometimes), but I'm quite comfortable in the basics and learning new things every day!

Pros

It offers a robust feature set that is more than sufficient for my non-power-user needs.

Cons

I found the controls to be less intuitive than Illustrator, but once you get used to it this is fine, too!

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Lisandro Reynoso Guzman

Without Inkscape I would have fail as a designer

2019-11-01

Right now, Inkscape is indispensable for me and my design career.

Pros

Also, I rely on the "trace bitmap" feature a lot: it's great to reuse royalty-free bitmaps on a quick design or just for inspiration.

Cons

Also, some fundamental actions are complicated to implement: for example, setting default document properties shouldn't require to save a file in a specific folder or exporting your artwork as a .jpeg file shouldn't require an extension; those actions should be more straight forward.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(E-Learning company, myself only employees)

Inkscape Review

2019-04-06

Overall i will highly recommend to the designers who want to prepare a professional design.

Pros

1. UI is very much user firendly. 2.

Cons

1. some tools are not available. 2. some useful file formats are not included.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Tracy Lay

If you really need a completely free vector app, this is it

2020-01-01

If I absolutely could not access Adobe Illustrator or even Affinity Designer, Inkscape would be an acceptable solution - it does the job, just not with nearly the smooth intuitive feel I need to work quickly without frustration.

Pros

It has plenty of power to work with vector files, an absolute necessity for creating scalable, high-quality images for signage, logo design, etc.

Cons

Nearly everything. The interface is SO clunky.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

2/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Marketing and Advertising company, 1-10 employees)

You get what you pay for.

2019-11-20

Inkscape is a great solution for someone working alone or wanting to learn principles of vector graphic creation. I was surprised at how robust it is. That said, I need to be able output artwork and formats that my printers are going to easily be able to work with, without loss of I was surprised at how robust it is. That said, I need to be able to output artwork and formats that my printers are going to easily be able to work with, without loss of fidelity in translation.

Pros

For a product that is open source, it has some powerful functionality.

Cons

At the end of the day, working in a collaborative varmint or environments, it’s important to be working with similar tools.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 11-50 employees)

Open-source vector manipulation

2019-04-09

Inkscape is a free to use vector graphics software that rivals paid software like CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator. I have completely switched from CorelDRAW to Inkscape after I found this to be more stable, lighter on system resources and much more enjoyable to use overall.

Pros

Free to use Light on system resources A powerful set of tools and filters Clean interface

Cons

Limited file format support Can only export as PNG files

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Music company, myself only employees)

Ease of creating vector graphics

2018-09-12

I needed to find a software that can give me musical symbols in clear vector graphics which I can include in my word documents so each symbol takes me around a minute to complete and it allows me to convert entire pages of a pdf file into svg too!

Pros

I loved the simple intuitive toolbar located at the side of the page and it is rather easy to create anything you want.

Cons

The lack of a pen or a simple shape creator like a drag to adjust rectangle.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Maciej Pilniewicz

It should be your choice only if you are looking vector graphics editor for free

2019-03-21

Pros

That's probably best free software for vector graphics, but it's far from being decent and useful.

Cons

The interface is confusing and functionality very poor.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
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Ray Ambrosi

Feature-filled, cross-platform stable vector graphics software

2018-08-27

Inkscape's open-source file format and codebase ensure that Inkscape will be around for many years to come.

Pros

Interface is quite similar enough to CorelDraw and Illustrator that using Inkscape is quite intuitive.

Cons

Inskcape cannot flawlessly import CorelDraw documents. This is very much understandable and is mainly the fault of Corel for having proprietary formats that ensure users are locked-in to their product line.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Adonay Saucedo

Promising but still not there.

2020-06-12

I found Inkscape useful for small and quick designs/changes. But its UI (at least on MacOS) and mostly the performance definitely needs to be improved.

Pros

I like that it's full of features and tools and the best part is that it's free and compatible with different operating systems.

Cons

I use the MacOS version and the interface still needs a lot of work.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Graphic Design company, myself only employees)

As good as the more popular and expensive brands

2020-08-20

It's free to use so good for beginners. Easy so no need to be a complete expert.

Pros

Able to create art and design with minimal effort.

Cons

Having issues with resizing the image a second time via document properties so maybe make it easier.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Design company, 1-10 employees)

Great free alternative to Adobe Illustrator!

2020-04-19

I used Inkscape early in my design career when I couldn't really afford expensive design software and it worked great to get design work out the door.

Pros

Can't beat free software! But more than that it has a ton of depth and powerful features. You really can create any kind of vector graphics you'd want to with Inkscape.

Cons

It can be a little hard to learn and the interface isn't quite as polished as some other more popular design software.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Govinda Hira

Review for Inkspace

2020-01-15

Moreover, its cross-functionality is amazing, I can easily open PDF or AI files to edit and modify.

Pros

The software is user-friendly and runs on many platforms. It helps with my ongoing daily routine tasks. The best thing about it is that its absolutely free. You dont have to pay a penny.

Cons

Also, its interface is not very attractive unlike the other platforms.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Matt Minnich

Flexible free vector illustration software

2018-09-25

A few hard to open PDFs have even been accessed by Inkscape when I needed to get to something inside.

Pros

Another great feature is the active blur.

Cons

I have used it on Mac PC and Linux with no noticeable differnces. The interface may be clunky at times, but I'm more concerned with how the tool works than how it looks.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Daniel Powell

The only free vector software you should be using.

2020-04-08

Pros

If I don't have access to my main computer with Illustrator on it, Inkscape is the only software I use for vector art a basic image manipulation.

Cons

Sometimes complicated UI, but nothing a Google search can't fix

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Janet Saumell

A good start

2018-10-13

Pros

Other programs, with very similar functionalities, have a huge price tag attached to it.

Cons

I'm also not a huge fan of how the interface looks, but that's minor.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Wilco van Beijnum

Great open-source alternative to Adobe Illustrator but less intuitive

2019-04-14

I'm still getting used to the UI however, which definitely means it isn't very intuitive.

Pros

It has a customizable UI and customizable keyboard shortcuts.

Cons

UI is a bit outdated and it is really overwhelming and unorganized compared to Illustrator.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Adam Betker

Escape from monthly dues, try Inkscape

2019-12-05

I use it monthly to design fliers, t-shirts, business cards and help with web design for our non-profit that we run in our spare time.

Pros

But the principles of vector design and illustration are all there.

Cons

It's not flashy like Adobe, it doesn't look sexy from an interface perspective.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Taufik Yusof

Good for tracing job

2019-10-07

So far is good for me. Save my time to trace complicated image.

Pros

I use Inkscape for tracing image to make vector file. Easy to use and very good result.

Cons

Another than tracing job, I use another software to create design. It's because Inkscape don't have many tools to create graphics design.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Ihsan Infiyaz

Opensource vector graphic software

2020-07-28

Zero cost, open source, commendable/impressive user interface, and cross-software vector graphic file format utilization (SVG vector format).

Pros

Inkscape is a brilliant software for designers of logos, and other vector graphics. What makes even more enticing is the fact that it's open source, so literally anyone or any business small or big can obtain it at zero cost.

Cons

For beginners, or those coming from bitmap applications (like Gimp or Photoshop), Inkscape may feel fairly foreign due to the general concepts of vector applications.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jason Yelk

Inkscape is great alternative to Adobe

2020-09-13

This is a cost effective solution for graphic design for the end user.

Pros

Inkscape functions well and doesn't take up much storage space as other designer products.

Cons

Beware, Inkscape updates can be tricky due to the amount updates from Apple but its a chance you take. The software for OS is solid but sometimes you need to avoid updates until Inkscape can catch up.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rolando Jauregui

a free illustrator alternative

2019-08-04

i really like it, its a good alternative to adobe illustrator its available for free plug ins on web to make it better or change it to how you like a lot of tutorials due to popularity

Pros

free alternative to adobe illustrator has all tools needed to work with vector graphics not lacking in much.

Cons

nothing much, normal interface not as organized as illustrator

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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