A good open source SVG editor

I am not an artist. But I like creating logos that represent my creative ideas. I do this so that I can take a break from the actual coding of the ideas. I used various different programs in the past like GIMP and Paint.NET. However, this time around, I wanted to create the logo in SVG format so that I can scale it to whatever icon size I want without loss of details. So, I found Inkscape and created my first SVG logo. It was quite easy. However, one thing I noted with all the various painting/image editing programs is that they don’t have an out-of-the-box pentagon, hexagon and other n-sided polygons that are quite useful in designing logos. I had to manually create one for my need, but the best thing with Inkscape is that after creating the polygon, it’s possible to control individual nodes of the polygon. It’s even possible to make some of the sides curvy. All in all, it’s a nice program and best of all, it’s free!

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7 responses to “A good open source SVG editor

  1. tom

    Re: they don’t have a out-of-the-box pentagon, hexagon and other n-sided polygons

    Did you try the star/shape tool, just select it draw a star, change the number of corners and select polygon and instead of making a star, it will create n-sided symmetrical polygons. Have a look at http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/Shapes-Stars.html or go Help->Tutorial->Shapes

    hope that helps 😉
    tomh

  2. I realize this was posted a while back, but thank you anyways! I have been looking for a good program to edit and work with SVG files for a while now, and this fits my needs perfectly! It’s very intuitive and easy to use, something I appreciate greatly. I will definitely have some fun with this one. So again, thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  3. G’Day Tom,
    We’ve been working on a free SVG editor that you can use in the browser. It aims to bring SVG’s to everyday users by making it easy to use. Anyway, I hope you like it, and we are always looking for ways to make it easier to use than inkscape!

    have fun,

    Cameron

  4. Sorry, forgot to add the link:

    http://imagebot.com/

    thanks!

    Cameron

  5. nice review
    you can also try Free SVG Editor, GLIPS Graffiti, SVG-edit and many other freeware from the URL below:
    http://listoffreeware.com/list-of-best-free-svg-viewer-software-for-windows/

  6. pauli

    Am I blind, or did you forget to link to the Good Open Source SVG editor in your blog post? I see the link to inkscape but no link to the one you were talking about open source…

  7. Hey nice post. I hope it’s alright that I shared this on my Twitter, if not, no problem just let me know and I’ll remove
    it. Either way keep up the good work.

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