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The Book of Inkscape: A Fine, Rare Pleasure

Dec 11, 2009, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

""The Book of Inkscape" by Dmitry Kirsanov (No Starch Press) calls itself "the definitive guide to the free graphics editor." Inkscape is a professional-level vector graphics editor, and if you don't know what that means this book tells you right away, in nice understandable real-people English. The author gets right down to answering "what do you do with this thing?" in Chapter 1:

""Schemes, charts, diagrams. Plans and drafts. Scientific illustrations and data graphs. Icons, symbols, logos, and emblems. Heraldry, flags, road signs. Comics, cartoons, anime characters and scenes. Maps of lands both real and imaginary. Typography of all kinds. Banners, leaflets, posters. Web graphics. (Ads, too.) Book covers, holiday cards, headings, and vignettes. Kids' scribbles and stunning photorealistic art. Fantasy art, fan art, games art, and simply art of all flavors and varieties."

"Then the author lists some tasks that Inkscape may not be the best tool for, and suggest other applications that are better-suited for them.

"I am so used to looking things up via Google that when I review a book I shut down networking. Because I think a good software howto book should be self-sufficient in several ways, and not send the reader on a Web search to fill in the blanks."

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