I adore the Inkscape drawing program with a passion that is trembling on the edge of legality. It takes the apogee of Adobe Illustrator’s development (that’s Illustrator 5.5 for those that don’t know) and plunges it breathlessly into the era of Free Softare and open standards.
Designed specifically to work with Scalable Vector Graphics (which is gaining increasing support amongst web browsers), the interface may not at first sight “be all that”. Indeed, it has been likened to CorelDraw. An unfair comparison in my humble opinion, as it’s the workflow of the program that sets it apart. Menus, palettes, commands, tools, they all fall into the right place at the right time. For my money, text handling is its achilles heel but Inkscape is constantly being improved.
I wanted to get some business cards cobbled and printed, but couldn't find a way of printing crop marks on the card so that I could check the physical print-out before sending it off to be Moo-ed. Enter the ever-helpful internet, and I instantly found a blog entry entitled Printing Marks in Inkscape over at BohemianAlps. It’s getting better all the time.