Inkscape

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Website: inkscape.org
Source: gitlab
License: GPL
Bugs: report bugs
Community: forum chat teams
Maturity: Mature
Donate: donate


Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Linux, Windows and macOS. Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you!

There are several alternatives vector editors listed at alternativesto.net. Dia is a powerful diagram editor with limited control of graphics.

Inkscape is not a CAD drafting tool, it's a drawing tool. You can read about why that is in the CAD Interoperability page of the Inkscape wiki.

If you're looking to sketch out organic shapes then Inkscape can be very useful and can export to Drawing Exchange Format (DXF) for further refining and drawing layout in a CAD application such as LibreCAD or QCAD or importing into FreeCAD or Blender as the basis for a 3D design.

If you're looking to make technical drawings from CAD beautiful then Inkscape can be useful. Understanding importing and exporting of SVG and DXF will help make Inkscape your friend in an AEC workflow.

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This page describes a software project from our AEC Free Software directory