Before I talk about today’s software, I want to make something really clear. CorelDRAW is my vector editing software of choice. It is what I will use to complete most of my projects. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have other tools available to me for the times when they can do something better. Sometimes they only do one or two things better.
Today I’m going to tell you about Inkscape. It is a vector graphics editor that proclaims having capabilities similar to CorelDRAW. While its general purpose is similar to CorelDRAW (or Adobe Illustrator), it doesn’t have nearly as many features. To me, Inkscape has one killer feature today and that is SVG support. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is the native file format in Inkscape and a popular vector format for open source and other online vector graphics. CorelDRAW does support import and export of SVG, though I’ve found it can’t work with all files and the files that do import can vary from the original.
The so-so SVG support in CorelDRAW is why I find it useful to have Inkscape installed on my system. I can use it to open SVG files and save them to EPS, PDF or EMF formats for import into CorelDRAW. I’m sure there are other features that would probably be useful, but import/export is the only one I have really used to date. Maybe the best thing about Inkscape is that it is free. That means you can all download a copy and try it yourself. If you find other features useful, post a comment and let us all know about it.