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Moving to Free Software by Marcel Gagné

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Chapter 14. Inkscape: A Vector Drawing Program

When you use Inkscape, it’s hard to believe that something that is this much fun and so easy to use could help you create high-quality, professional artwork. Inkscape is a drawing program in the spirit of Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, or Macromedia Freehand. The drawings you create with Inkscape are scalable vector graphics (SVG), a W3C-standard graphic format. The SVG format is fully open and based on XML. As such, there are plenty of applications that can read and write SVG files.

You might ask, what is so special about vector art versus any other type of digital art? Good question. When you create digital art in nonvector programs, the image is bitmapped, with different colored dots turned on or ...

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