Inkscape – Vector Graphics

Inkscape is an amazing vector graphics editor. It is free and open source and works on a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows and OSX. Inkscape replaces Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator and can read their files, and is a first class citizen among these other editors.

This page will be semi-regularly updated to put my own Inkscape experiences into words.

Inkscape on OSX

Unfortunately the mainstream OSX release runs on xQuartz which is slow and doesn't support the standard OSX keystrokes and menus. Plus the windowing is not flexible enough. The main branch has continued development while the idea is to get a native release working with Gtk 3, but it is unclear if or when that will take place.

For years I have used an old 2013 release from Valerio Aimale found that on a message board and always returned to it after trying out new Inkscape releases. Unfortunately that download link and a further torrent no longer work. I've put this version of Inkscape -- Inkscape-r0.48.4-r9943-10.8+-x86_64_RC5 -- into my Google Drive.

While s_uv is working on a next version of OSX with Gtk integration (called OSX Menu), it still is wrapped in xQuartz, with the same issues.

Inkscape Features and Functionality

As with any tool, getting efficient with Inkscape is a discovery process with a learning curve. As well, I happen upon a variety of features that continue to amaze, including:

  • Barcode generation: > Extensions > Render > Bar Code
  • more to come...

Inkscape supports extensions including: