Download of the day: Inkscape

Our daily pick of the best Windows software

Inkscape is a great free program for creating vectors (scalable graphics that won't blur when you resize them) – so much so, in fact, that it it's a serious alternative to expensive alternatives like Adobe Illustrator.

Why you need it

Adobe has a dominant position in the image software world, but that doesn't mean there aren't excellent alternatives. Inkscape is one such program – an open-source vector imaging suite that mounts a serious challenge to Adobe's Illustrator behemoth. And what's more, Illustrator is over £210 for a year-long license; Inkscape is free.

But don't think it's just some cheap alternative. Inkscape comes with all sorts of tools for manipulating and creating vector graphics, be that through paths, shapes, text or embedded bitmaps. You can manipulate image shapes, fill them with gradients, group them with other layers, convert them to paths and so much more. There's not enough space to list everything that Inkscape can do, which just attests to how powerful it is.

Simply put, if you can do it in Illustrator, chances are you can do it in Inkscape, and that's pretty incredible for a piece of free vector software. If nothing else, give it a try to see how you find it; if it's not for you, you haven't lost a thing.

Key features

  • Works on: PC, Mac (with additional software), Linux
  • Versions: Free
  • Create: Inkscape has so many tools to help you create vectors, you'll wonder why you need to shell out for Adobe Illustrator
  • Manipulate vectors: It's not just for creating vectors from scratch; there a tools a-plenty for when you want to tweak and edit existing vectors
  • Free: Unbelievably, Inkscape is completely free, giving you another reason to download it today

You'll also like