What is Inkscape?

Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor that enables users to create drawings, illustrations and other graphic designs. It is a tool similar to Adobe’s Illustrator, Corel’s Draw Freehand and Xara X. This program is used with XML-based W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics or SVG file format. That also supports advanced SVG features like clones, markers and alpha blending.

To understand more about Inkscape, let’s define vector graphics and Scalable Vector Graphics or SVG. Vector graphics set a balance to bitmap graphics which make them useful in designing images with captions or texts, technical illustrations, icons and logos. That’s why Inkscape has the capability to import, export and display bitmap images because of the vector graphics technology included. On the other hand, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an open industry standard XML-based format type of vector graphics. This is another tool included but does not require plugin for it to work. With the vector graphics editors, Inkscape can provide an easy way to create various graphics designs and images. The latest version that you can use on your computer is 0.48.2.

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File types supported by Inkscape

Our users primarily use Inkscape to open these file types:

About file types supported by Inkscape aims to be the go-to resource for file type- and related software information. We spend countless hours researching various file formats and software that can open, convert, create or otherwise work with those files.

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