History of Inkscape, Vector Image Editor Software

Inkscape is a free licensed vector image editor software under GNU-GPL. The purpose of its development is making a sophisticated graphics software with XML, SVG, and CSS standard. Inkscape released for the first time on 2nd November 2003.

Inkscape is a cross-platform software. It means Inkscape can be used in some different operating system like Unix and Windows. Besides, Inkscape is also multi-language, especially for interface and complex script. It is something often forgotten by other commercial vector graphic software.


Inkscape is developed in 2003 by Fork to improve software from Sodipodi (a tool to draw or edit vector image) project. Sodipodu developed in 1999 as the basis of Gill (Gnome Illustration Application). The fork is led by four former members of Sodipodi. They are Ted Gould, Bryce Harrington, Nathan Hurst, and Mentalguy. They recognize the different of purpose, open to third-party contribution, and technical agreement from the project as a reason to forking.

Through Inkscape, they can focus on developing complete SVG standard. Inkscape is different from Sodipodi that just focus on vector graphics editor. Since the development of Fork, Inkscape changes its programming language from C to C++, move to GTK+ and toolkit C++ bindings (Gtkmm). Then they redesign user interface and add some new features.

Because ideas always appear from the developer they involve in the project. As a result, the project was placed in a special class. Then, the architect of Inkscape changes its design to a new look like you see now. It is also oriented to user interface graphic from Xara Xtreme.

Xara Xtreme wants to invite Inkscape in an open source project in order to share code, coordinating the project, and make a better open-source graphics editor.

In 2005, Inkscape joined an event called Summer of Code, a program from Google. In 2007, a fault search system on Inkscape was planted in Sourceforge. But, on 21st November 2007, Inkscape announced that they will be moved to Launchpad.

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