As you may have noticed by a a couple of my previous article, I have been taking an extensive interest in Vector Graphics recently. I have been experimenting with different tecniques and styles (I am a long way from perfect), and I have been using Inkscape (well, it is free). I am very impressed with it.
I didn’t know that there was that many free open source Vector Graphics Editors available (Windows, Mac, Unix…).
Here are my Top 10.
1. Inkscape 0.46 (http://inkscape.org/)
Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.
2. Karbon14 (http://www.koffice.org/karbon/)
Karbon14 allows artists to create complex drawings without losing image quality when zooming in on, or resizing the drawing.
3. Scribus v220.127.116.11 (http://www.scribus.net/)
Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
4. Nodebox 1.9.4 (http://nodebox.net/)
NodeBox is a Mac OS X application that lets you create 2D visuals (static, animated or interactive) using Python programming code and export them as a PDF or a QuickTime movie. NodeBox is free and well-documented.
5. Skencil 0.6.17 (http://www.skencil.org/)
Skencil is a Free Software interactive vector drawing appliction. Known to run on GNU/Linux and other UNIX-compatible systems, it is a flexible and powerful tool for illustrations, diagrams and other purposes.
And the rest…
6. Draw from openoffice.org.
7. Tgif 2-D drawing tool (For Linux and most UNIX platforms).
8. Xfig (on most UNIX-compatible platforms).
9. Ipe Extensible Drawing Editor (Visit homepage for installation instructions on many Platforms).
10. VRR Project (Unix).