Inkscape: When you want your small business website or blog to stand out and to look professional, you can create your own vector graphics or modify vector graphics so that they are unique and customized for your site. The challenge that many small business website owners face, especially those who have DIY websites, is the cost of vector graphic editing and creation software. An open source program like Inkscape is a professional vector imaging tool that is easy to use—a rarity with some open source image editing programs!
Inkscape has capabilities that are similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Best yet, if you’re new to vector images, there is a community of users who can answer your questions in the discussion forums, so you’ll save a lot of time by cashing in on their expertise.
According to its website, “Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.”
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