Inkscape, An Open-Source Vector Drawing Program is THE GUIDE to the Inkscape program. The shorter, web-based, version is linked to directly under the program's Help menu. With Inkscape one can produce a wide variety of art, from photo-realistic drawings to organizational charts. Inkscape uses SVG, a powerful vector based drawing language and W3C web standard, as its native format. SVG drawings can be directly viewed by web browsers such as Firefox and Opera. A subset of SVG has been adopted by the mobile phone market. Inkscape is available free for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris operating systems.
This Short Cut is both an introduction and reference for the Inkscape drawing program. The first third is devoted to eleven tutorials that progress in difficulty from very basic to very complex. The remainder covers each facet of Inkscape in detail. Updated for Inkscape v0.46, this Short Cut includes complete coverage of new features including: SVG filters, "Live Path Effects", the 3D box tool, and the Tweak Tool. Advance topics covered include the use of Inkscape's powerful tiling tool, built-in bitmap tracing, and SVG use on the web. Additionally, it includes plenty of tips (and warnings) about the use of Inkscape and SVG.