Inkscape Notes - Open Source Vector Graphics Editor
Inkscape was originally a fork from Sodipodi. It looks good... Open source. SVG. Windows builds are available. And it works. It's gotten much better over the years. I can now recommend it to anyone, not just geeks. Still issues doing CYMK for press.
Some usage tips for me:
layer a white box over a complex shape, use "division" and the bottom complex shape will be split into two, so that you can toss the part you want knocked out.
blend two photos - create a box with a graient from solid opaque white to transparent white. use it as a mask over the bitmap.
hold shift to set the stroke color from the swatches
unset vs remove stroke - remove is safer - unset will inherit from parent objects (which is usually OK, until it's not).
Bullet point - • Bullet. Ctrl+u, 2022 (2022 is unicode for bullet point). It's kind of quirky. I think you can copy and paste a UNICODE character from a web page. Do not try to use Windows symbols (like from Word + Character Map)
2005-10-11: Xara has announced plans to open source the Linux / OSX port of XaraX! http://xaraxtreme.org/ -- Update: 2009 - it appears that this never got off the ground. Too bad. Thankfully, Inkscape has really improved, and I have no need for anything better.
tags: inkscape, vector, art
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