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Save $599 on Adobe Illustrator® by Using Inkscape Instead! Win or Mac X or Linux

Inkscape is a FREE Drawing Program JUST LIKE Freehand® or Illustrator® or CorelDraw® - but without the Huge $599 Price tag!

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the  W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics  (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development

# Windows — .exe installer
# Mac OS X (Universal) — .dmg
# Fedora
# Gentoo
# Debian / Ubuntu

Current Features
 Object creation

    * Drawing: pencil tool (freehand drawing with simple paths), pen tool (creating Bezier curves and straight lines), calligraphy tool (freehand drawing using filled paths representing calligraphic strokes)
    * Shape tools: rectangles (may have rounded corners), ellipses (includes circles, arcs, segments), stars/polygons (can be rounded and/or randomized), spirals
    * Text tool (multiline text, full on-canvas editing)
    * Embedded bitmaps (with a command to create and embed bitmaps of selected objects)
    * Clones ("live" linked copies of objects), including a tool to create patterns and arrangements of clones

    * Affine transformations (moving, scaling, rotating, skewing), both interactively and by specifying exact numeric values
    * Z-order operations
    * Grouping objects, with a way to "select in group" without ungrouping, or "enter the group" making it a temporary layer
    * Layers, with a way to lock and/or hide individual layers, rearrange them, etc; layers can form a hierarchical tree
    * Copying and pasting objects
    * Alignment and distribution commands

 Fill and stroke

    * Color selector (RGB, HSV, color wheel)
    * Color picker tool
    * Copy/paste style
    * A gradient editor capable of multi-stop gradients
    * Pattern fills (bitmap/vectors)
    * Dashed strokes, with many predefined dash patterns
    * Path markers (e.g. arrowheads)

 Operations on paths

    * Node editing: moving nodes and Bezier handles, node alignment and distribution, etc.
    * Converting to path (for text objects or shapes), including converting stroke to path
    * Boolean operations
    * Path simplification, with variable threshold
    * Path insetting and outsetting, including dynamic and linked offset objects
    * Bitmap tracing (both color and b/w)

 Text support

    * Multi-line text
    * Uses any installed outline fonts, including right-to-left scripts
    * Kerning, letterspacing, linespacing adjustments
    * Text on path (both text and path remain editable)
    * Text in shape (fill shape following stroke)


    * Fully anti-aliased display
    * Alpha transparency support for display and PNG export
    * Complete "as you drag" rendering of objects during interactive transformations


    * Live watching and editing the document tree in the XML editor
    * PNG and PostScript export
    * Command line options for export and conversions
    * Perfectly compliant SVG format file generation and editing 

OK: I just SAVED you $599 on Illustrator!

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