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    psarajce NNTP User

    Default Vector graphics on Linux

    I was wondering if anyone could suggest some well suited Linux applications for creating and manipulating vector graphics. I use openSUSE 10.3 with KDE 3.5. I have switched from Windows where I used to use CorelDraw. I've heard of Inkscape? Should I stick with that or try something else? What about Xara Xtreme? Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Vector graphics on Linux

    Hi. I use inkscape and I'm quite happy with it. Maybe you find something else here: Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software | Open Source Alternative - osalt.com

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    Default Re: Vector graphics on Linux

    I used coreldraw occasionally before switching to linux. I think xara is more familiar, at least at a glance, but Inkscape is very interesting, possibly more mature/better supported and with a good tutorial. Those two are, IMHO, the easiest to migrate to and with most features (there's also KDE's Karbon14, but it's more basic, although it may suit you).

    I guess your choice will depend on what features you need, so try both. Anyway, it will be much easier than moving from corel photopaint to gimp. That one has a *steeeep* learning curve.

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    Default Re: Vector graphics on Linux

    On Wed, 2009-01-28 at 09:26 +0000, psarajce wrote:
    > I was wondering if anyone could suggest some well suited Linux
    > applications for creating and manipulating vector graphics. I use
    > openSUSE 10.3 with KDE 3.5. I have switched from Windows where I used to
    > use CorelDraw. I've heard of Inkscape? Should I stick with that or try
    > something else? What about *Xara Xtreme*? Any help would be much
    > appreciated.
    >
    >


    I'll vote for inkscape... but here's why. It works with Linux AND
    Windows. It outputs GOOD SVG that works (with text) under a browser
    (that supports SVG) with links.

    What I don't like.... it's connector tool. Wish it worked as well
    as Dia's does.

    We're trying to decide on a good vector tool for drawing diagrams
    for our intranet/wiki. Visio is ok... but support under wine is
    iffy depending on version... and doing something automatic
    on upload to convert it to something presentable on the web...
    impossible. With SVG, we can display SVG for browsers that
    support it and display an ImageMagick convert raster for the
    rest... all done automatically on upload to the wiki.

    So.. is inkscape the best? Maybe not for an expert illustrator,
    but for our needs... it's the best so far.



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    Default Re: Vector graphics on Linux

    If you are thinking of technical diagrams and can put up with an interface that varies between the 1980s and 1990s, xfig has a wide range of features and exports to a great many formats. Unfortunately SVG is only in beta but all the other formats, vector and raster, are fine.

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