Adobe Illustrator might be the clear leader when it comes to vector editors but there is not much of talk about free vector editors which are although now very feature rich but do manage to perform basic tweaking of vectors. We though the free vector editors are one race which needs attention and thus we have compiled a list of free vector graphic editor software for creating and editing vector graphics.
Inkscape: If you are lookingÂ for a graphics program that lets you create illustrations and graphics much like Freehand or IllustratorÂ then give Inkscape a whirl. It includes a surprisingly powerful set of tools for creating graphics from scratch or for editing existing graphics or photographs. You will find numerous drawing tools the ability to create layers and combine them and more. The program supports the standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format as well as many others.It deploys a WYSIWYG interface for manipulation for vector images. It was originally made for Linux but it is now cross platform with Windows Operating Systems and Mac OS X.
Nodebox: Nodebox is a nice tool that lets you design 2D Visuals using Python programming code and export them as a PDF or a QuickTime movie. It is free and well documented. Create static, animated or interactive compositions using simple primitives such as rectangles and ovals, import images and vector files from Photoshop and Illustrator or play around with text paths. NodeBox supports Core Image so you can create layered images using transformations, blend modes, alpha masks and filters and all hardware-accelerated. You can apply all of these transformations to text as well. NodeBox uses Python programming code which is easy to understand even for non-programmers.
Karbon14: Karbon14 is a freeware vector based drawing application for kOffice. It allows designers to create complex drawings without losing image quality when zooming in on or resizing the drawing. It is useful for creating cartoon drawing or editing clip arts which often needs to be resized to fit in a document or on a poster. It has been known with names like Klllustrator and Kontour as well.
Scribus: Scribus is an open source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination ofÂ press ready output. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, it supports professional publishing featuresÂ such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
Synfig: SynfigÂ is a vector based 2D animation program. It is designed to be capable of producing feature-film quality animation. It eliminates the need for tweening, preventing the need to hand draw each frame. SynfigÂ features spatial and temporal resolution independence, high dynamic range images and a flexible plugin system.
SK1: SK1 is a powerful open source illustration program application for the linux platform that can substitute professional proprietary software like Corel Draw and AdobeÂ illustrator. Unique project features are CorelDRAW formats importers, tabbed multi document interface, Cairo-based engine, color management etc. It alsoÂ includes CMYK colorspace support and CMYK support in Postscript.
ZCubes: ZCubes seamlessly integrates browsing, searching, editing, painting, freehand drawing, cursive hand writing, audio-video media management, publishing, and much more into a pure Browser Based Platform. It is a multi functional platformÂ that provides through a single interface large sets of functions that are typically delivered in separate applications. You can instantly create web pages using ZCubes online on or your desktop by using drag and drop functionality.
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