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With all that added knowledge how does Inkscape stack up against its competitors?
Is it better to buy this book and use Inkscape than just buying a proprietary solution without a book?
It very much depends on tasks you usually accomplish.
All kinds of illustrations (including technical illustrations, especially in upcoming 0.47 with much better snapping) can be done in Inkscape easily.
The app doesn't have as much polishing as proprietary competitors, but then Adobe Illustrator has quite a number of awkward solutions as well.
I use Inkscape almost everyday and it's lovely to use. Adobe Illustrator, you can see why people need much more training, it makes life hard just for simple tasks like gradient editing.
I like the singe panel layout on the right, which has all of the options for gradient editing and such, it's just so much easier to use. Inkscape also uses proper blur, it's slow( you can change the preview quality) but looks very nice in comparison to Vector Feathering.
Illustrator maybe the leading vector application but it's just hard to use, The new version of Illustrator doesn't have easier gradient editing than Inkscape either, even though it's made out to be some super easier way.
I haven't seen much activity up until recently and thus I assumed that it had become abandonware like the Quark Xpress clone called Passepartout that existed not too long ago but died quickly. I really wish them the best of luck but they do need to be a lot clearer with what their goals are and giving regular updates so that people can see the project is moving in a particular direction - and maybe contributing money or time to it.
Maybe closer ties by creating a network whose focus is on an alternative to Creative Suite by projects working together so that components can be shared. A dreamweaver clone with webkit as the back end, for example.
What are you talking about??
Their communication is just fine.
It is quite active, the information you are looking for are on launchpad. They are slow to fix bugs, but add feature on a regular basis. It seem than getting 0.47 out of the door is problematic, they are always pushing it forward because of bugs but the features are there. The new handdraw tool, new preview option, more dialog snapping integration, new toolbars (with new options in them), new filter and many more improvement are in.
Yep and I'm in the process of reporting a bug where it breaks Qsvg rendering saving as a svg file.
Don't you just hate it when distributions ship snapshots in their stable releases!
I have been using Inkscape for a while now and really like it.
They have a real good tutorial to follow built into the application (as an SVG)... pretty neat.
Also, this really helped me a lot too.