Users accustomed to lengthy waits between releases will be surprised to find open-source vector graphic outfit, Inkscape, has squeezed out version 1.0.1 of its editor mere months after the version 1.0 milestone was achieved.
It took 16 years for Inkscape to hit 1.0 last May and we came away impressed by the polish of the cross-platform vector graphic editor.
Inkscape is still a long way to rival Illustrator or even Corel Draw, but it’s getting there, slowly. I’m very happy that they are working on it.
While we’ve had great raster graphics and photo editors on Linux (Darktable, GIMP, Krita), for quite some time, which are close in features, or sometimes even better than the industry standard Photoshop, vector graphics software on Linux, on the other hand, has always been very deficient, with Inkscape being pretty much it, but lacking very important features (like CMYK support). I think this is great news for any graphics designer who wants to use Linux and FOSS exclusively.
Agree, it isn’t the most user-friendly tool, especially compared, as you did, to the proprietary alternatives. My favorite was the now defunct Freehand (so many things created with this,) but editing EPS files from it was a nightmare. Still, best UI hands down.
I am glad they are still moving forward. It has been an essential open source tool, along with Gimp. The CMYK thing, a proprietary system in its own right, has always been “a thing” with the open source community, open source heads butting up against immovable Adobe-based business decisions.
GIMP is only missing non-destructive filters (like adjustment layers in Photoshop), to be a much better program than Photoshop (it already is in many ways). This feature already exists in Krita, and it’s actively developed for GIMP.
Scribus is also nowhere near InDesign in usability, but there is a better alternative to InDesign: LATEX and especially ConTEXt. Yeah, they are not user friendly, but they produce much better looking documents than InDesign ever could.
Inkscape, on the other hand, has still a long way to go to reach the level of Illustrator. So, in order to completely replace Adobe Creative Suite with FOSS, the only thing that needs a lot of development is Inkscape.
I mean…Yeah you certainly can do pro-stuff in DaVinchi Resolve, however if you compare to something like Adobe Premiere + Adobe After effects - it’s main winning point in my opinion is plugins, extremely diverse eco-system of sometimes very complex effects (again proprietary most of times, still…)
However for simpler stuff and if you make your own graphics - for montage both Kdenlive and DaVinchi Resolve are good enough at that point
Certainly better than something like Sony / MAGIX Vegas or something like that.
Is that project still alive? I though they abandoned it a decade ago. They tried to copy Corel Draw, but never got very far.
I think DaVinci Resolve is well on its way to replace Adobe Premiere and After Effects as the industry standard. A lot of high budget Hollywood productions use DaVinci Resolve now, and many video commercials you see on TV are also edited in it.
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Sk1 has a nice interface, it really reminds me of Adobe’s old Freehand program. Off the bat, it has about the same layer system as Inkscape, which is a bummer. I will continue to play around with it though. I think we found a keeper.