One of the jewels of free software is the vector graphics editing program Inkscape. Inkscape is based on the W3C Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. The SVG format is very exciting and as well as vector graphics includes both fonts and animation – at the rate Inkscape is implementing the features of the SVG specification it won’t be long before Adobe’s Flash has serious competition.
Inkscape 0.47 has now been released. I’ve been using betas of the new version for some time now, and one of the attractions of the betas were the new vector effects filters.
For instance, take a copy of my vanilla flavoured TVS .svg file:
Now add “Chrome Dark”. In one mouse click you’ve got something very nice indeed. You can click to enlarge the image below:
One thing I would recommend when playing with the filters (and which is a bit counter-intuitive seeing as Inkscape is a vector editor), is seeing what effect you get if you make your drawing bigger – much bigger in fact. Some filters seem to work best on larger images.
Inkscape is available for the GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems and if you haven’t already downloaded it I strongly recommend that you do so.
Meanwhile, I’m off to play some more!
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