Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.
Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development process, and by making sure Inkcape is easy to learn, to use, and to extend.
- Flowed Text: Text objects that automatically re-flow to any shape (and not just a rectangle).
- Text Selection: One can now select part of a text and apply any style to the selection, just like in a word processing application.
- Gradient Tool: A completely redesigned and much easier to use on-canvas gradient interface with handles displayed directly in the drawing.
- Effects: These are now usable from within Inkscape on all platforms. This version ships with a collection of effects including path interpolation, randomization, and various fractal algorithms.
- Color Swatches: This standard facility of most graphics software is now a part of Inkscape.
- Colored Clones: Clones may now be painted differently from their original.
- Tile Tracing: The Tile Clones dialog can trace an existing image with tiling, producing a multitude of exciting effects.
- Grid Arrange, Baseline Align, Unclumping: There are new, powerful ways to arrange objects.
- Better PS/EPS Export: PostScript level 3 gradient support, better text handling, and a command line option for batch export are in this release.
- Command Line SVG Analysis: Inkscape may now be used from the command line to query coordinates and dimensions of objects in an SVG file.
- Better SVG/CSS Compliance: Notably, internal CSS stylesheets are now supported (read-only).
- Mac OS X Support: In addition to Linux and Windows, Inkscape 0.42 is now available as a fully self-contained dmg package for Mac OS X.