Dear Inkscape User, Please find a continuously updated and improved version of this FAQ, which is written for Inkscape users on our main website (This one is maintained by developers, primarily for developers, and contains more technical info than you'll find in the User FAQ on the website.Although if you're after more technical explanations, please read on :-)).An imported bitmap becomes yet another object in your vector graphics, and you can do with it everything you can do to other kinds of objects (move, transform, clip, etc.) Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an open, industry-standard XML-based format for vector graphics developed by the W3C. Most vector editors these days can import and export SVG, and modern browsers (such as Firefox and Opera) can display it directly, i.e., without requiring any plugins.(For Internet Explorer, there's an SVG Viewer plugin from Adobe.) For more information, see SVG topics below. While Inkscape does not have all the features of the leading vector editors, the latest versions provide for a large portion of basic vector graphics editing capabilities.
Assuming development continues steadily, we will inevitably hit 1.00, but no particular date has been discussed yet.
We provide source tarballs for Linux (binary packages are offered by the distributor), packages for Windows XP/Vista/7 (fully self-contained installer), and Mac OS X (DMG).
We know that Inkscape is successfully used on Free BSD and other Unix-like operating systems.
Vector graphics are a complement, rather than an alternative, to bitmap graphics.
Each has its own purpose and are useful for different kinds of things.