Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and even complex paintings. Inkscape’s primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) version 1.1.¬†While Inkscape can import and export several formats, all editing workflow must inevitably occur within the constraints of SVG format.

Development of Inkscape started in 2003; as of March 2015 however, version 1.0 of this program is not yet released. Inkscape can render the primitive vector shapes (e.g. rectangles, ellipses, polygons, arcs, spirals, stars and isometric boxes), text and regions containing raster graphics. It supports image tracing, enabling the editor to create vector graphics from photos and other raster sources. Created shapes can be subjected to further transformations, such as moving, rotating, scaling and skewing. These objects may be filled with solid colors or color gradients, their borders stroked or their transparency changed. Inkscape does not yet support SVG animation or full Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) specifications.

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