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From: Gab Studio

Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 Subject: Great software !!!


I'm just trying *INSKCAPE* and would like to *congratulate you all*.

I join my first work... if you want to add it in the galery :)

BRAVO again from France for this great software have fun



From: Jared Thompson

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 Subject: awesome program

I know this may not be according to the purposes of this list,

but I just wanted to say that I recently discovered inkscape and I think it is quite an impressive program so far. I have been playing with it non stop for the past few days and love it, the website is also nice and clean. there are plenty of tips and in the program a help file that gives a good overview to get beginners started

I will be looking forward to contribute what I can as time goes forward.

again, just wanted to say thanks for an awesome program


From: Artemio

Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 Subject: thank you

Dear Inkscape developers,

at first, please take my sincere congratulations - Inkscape is on the 3rd place in my top 5 list of most used applications! :-)

You have made possible what I have dreamt for over two years since I started using Linux (I use ONLY Linux since that time). You have done a really great work. Inkscape has absolutely everything I need from a vector editor and even more. It's very light, fast and the interface is very straightforward and intuitive. Thank you, thank you very much!

Frankly, you have blown all my expectations away - I didn't think someone would do font->path thing possible, this is amazing! Now I can bring my SVGs _anywhere_ and they will be read just as I made them (already tested this).

Please excuse me for talking too much, it's just that I really respect your work and wish you all the best! I do have some little suggestions to you, but I will write them in my next message :-)

Good luck to you all and thanks so much again!


From: Charles Goodwin

Date: Sun, 09 May 2004 Subject: Re: wow, this is amazing!

Everything about Inkscape has been impressive thus far, not least of which the speed with which action is taken to address any issue.

- Charlie

From: Trent Buck

Date: Tue, Jun 8, 2004 Subject: Re: new illustrator screenshots

Quoth Alan Horkan on or about 2004-06-08:

On Sat, 5 Jun 2004, Trent Buck wrote:
FWIW, I think inkscape's UI is already better than AI's.

You said Inkscape is better so I make it a challenge to you to list more ways, and maybe we can start a comparision chart in the Wiki which would be useful for promoting Inkscape.

OK, I'll confess, I haven't used AI for than about half-an-hour, because I couldn't get the hang of the interface. Let me itemize my reasons for using Inkscape.

Bear in mind that these are my *opinions*, not necessarily *right* in a technical sense. I'll put a '+' in front of things that are actually UI.

Inkscape beats AI

 + As a newbie, I found the Inkscape (well, sodipodi) interface to be
   pretty self-explanatory.  Using AI I get the feeling I should take a
   3-day course just to learn how to use it.
   (Maybe this is just because of all the extra features, I don't know.)
   It's free.  When something happens I can check the source.  It is
   also far easier to add or request features.
   It works on linux.  Enough said.
   The GTK toolkit is relatively clean, customizable and robust.

Inkscape beats Sodipodi

   The larger community results in faster growth in all areas.
   Boolean operations.  Miscellaneous tweaks make Inkscape more

Inkscape beats both of them

 + Buttons are around the edge.  It has been shown by HCI folks that
   this is a far better design than the toolkit approach.  Fitts' Law
   states that you can click screen corners and edges far faster than, 
   say, 10px in from the edge.'%20law
 + Likewise, this means everthing is in one window, which works much
   better with my windowmanager (
 + Keybindings for everything.  I don't normally even have a rodent
   plugged into my system, so being able to stay keyboard-centered is a
   major advantage.

I should also point out that I'm not really an artistic person, my strengths are more oriented in mathematics, english and science. I am a CS student by profession. I mostly use Inkscape when I need an image and there isn't a specialized tool to draw it.

It could well be that I don't see Inkscape's deficiencies because my drawings aren't complicated enough to need them.