Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as its native format. .
Unlike raster (bitmap) graphics editors such as Photoshop or Gimp, Inkscape stores its graphics in a vector format. Vector graphics are a resolution independent description of the actual shapes and objects you see in the image. A rasterization engine uses this information to determine how to draw each line and curve at any level of resolution or zoom.
Compare this to bitmap (raster) graphics which are always bound to a specific resolution and store an image as a grid of pixels.
Inkscape can also import and display bitmap images. An imported bitmap becomes another object in your vector graphics, and you can do with it anything you can do with other types of objects (move, transform, clip, etc.)
Although Inkscape does not have all of the functionality of the major vector editors, the latest versions provide much of the basic vector graphics editing capabilities. People report having successfully used Inkscape in many very different projects (web graphics, technical diagrams, icons, creative art, logos, maps).
Download: Inkscape 1.1.1 64-bit Installer (MSI) | Autonomous | ~ 120.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Inkscape 1.1.1 32-bit Installer (MSI) | Autonomous
View: Inkscape website | Release announcement | Full release notes
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