Inkscape Features

Inkscape

Business Graphics Software

4.42/5 (326 reviews)

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Inkscape Feature Reviews

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

Deepak M.

Review of Inkscape

2021-04-08

It is quite capable of meeting graphic design requirements and is actually very easy to use if one has used other vector graphic software before.

Pros

It can open / import a variety of formats and can export to a variety of formats too.

Cons

What I want most from Inkscape is to have multiple pages in a single document. Currently Inkscape has just one page per file so creating a multiple page document can be quite frustrating, as each page has to be in a separate file.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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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Tracy L.

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

It's complicated and weird to figure out how to export the file formats you need.

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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Joshua D.

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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HUBERT H.

Great entry level vector editing software

2021-05-24

This is a good training tool for vector graphics, and has some advantages when simple work is needed.

Pros

However for someone who is just getting into vector graphics, this an excellent entry point, and is in fact featured enough to do most basic tasks, and some surprisingly complex work , the graphics can be imported into other web and layout programs.

Cons

Can't directly drag files into Corel and Illustrator

Rating breakdown

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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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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

The bitmap to svg and pdf import functions are great for me!

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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Lisandro R.

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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Steven D.

Easy to use open source vector software

2021-08-19

I have used Inkscape to make logos for different ministry uses and have found that it is easy to work with.

Pros

There is a good variety of filters.

Cons

One of my biggest complaints is that you cannot simply import an eps file to work with.

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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Jose Antonio D.

Stop Using Paint

2019-03-22

To me it's the perfect next step for someone who wants to create quality logos, icons or diagrams without a heavy graphic design background.

Pros

Several tutorials in the web help you get a hold of it in mere hours because of its simple controls when compared to other tools like Adobe's Ilustrator or Photoshop.

Cons

I haven't been able to figure out how to export in JPEG, which most of the time I don't use anyway but still.

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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Arwildo B.

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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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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Julián M.

A good and free solution, but complex to work with

2021-02-08

The only thing that is missing is a way to share the work with colleagues in a native way, like Illustrator and its Cloud Storage. This is very similar to CorelDRAW, and you can use it for free, so you save some money in licensing.

Pros

Also, you can export to multiple formats like SVG or EPS with easiness.

Cons

The learning curve is high, and it doesn't have a native collaborative environment, so you can't share your graphic pieces with your colleagues easily.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Nigel Masimba R.

Great For Web Development Quick Fixes

2020-05-22

Inkscape is great for minor edits to images and for exporting SVG images to raster formats.

Pros

Uses okay file compression for exported PNG files. It's easy to use and learn.

Cons

It does not support WebP image import and export out of the box.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Ankush C.

Anyone can use Inkscape; it is that simple

2021-08-15

However as you explore complex design, you may need to understand the functionality which may not be very easily visible

Pros

Inkscape on the other hand is feature-rich and is extremely easy to use if you have not used an image editing tool before. 2.

Cons

1. The UI is slightly traditional and a more modern and intuitive UI can make this into a powerful tool

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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James B.

Best free vector graphics editor

2018-11-13

Pros

Inkscape is feature rich and is able to produce highly professional vector graphics documents. It supports almost all the relevant file types and is available on almost every platform.

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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Daniel P.

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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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 1001-5000 employees)

The best tool for small business

2020-05-05

Apart from not being the chosen solution for the printing industry, Inkscape works as well as all the other solutions, it opens the files produced by them and exports to their format.

Pros

Inkscape has all the features the major vector illustration tools provide, with more control over the end result, the file, and is distributed under a GPL license, meaning it is free of charge and free to be modified by knowledgeable developers.

Cons

Other than the fact that the publishing industry does not use it as the standard, there are no downside in using it.

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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Adonay S.

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

By creating vector images, we can share them and transform without loosing quality event between 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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Jamie H.

Great free alternative for vector graphics

2019-01-28

Pros

It does the job well for simple tasks and can help out when you need to produce something or tweak an SVG quickly.

Cons

UI a bit dated and not native to most platforms.

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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Matt M.

Flexible free vector illustration software

2018-09-25

I have used it to convert line drawings to vector files for logo and clipart creation.

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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Waqas S.

Top quality graphics editing software

2021-05-19

It is full featured vector based graphic editing software with lots of extension available.

Pros

It provide lots of vector editing tools. Most important tool in Inkscape is Node selection which is alternative to direct selection tool of Illustrator.

Cons

Issues with editing Illustrator files.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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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Yvonne B.

InkScape

2020-10-16

I have learn so muck about design.

Pros

You can export png files With ease.

Cons

One of the big things is spending the time watching YouTube videos to lean Inkscape.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ken K.

Ease of use

2018-12-05

Pros

I use the create path function to create dxf and svg files for laser engraving and cutting.

Cons

A better way to control contrast would be nice.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Janet S.

A good start

2018-10-13

Pros

My favorite feature is the accessibility, having access to free software.

Cons

Can't export as .jpeg and doesn't support .eps format, but I'm pretty sure there are plugins for that.

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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