Best free vector graphics editor for OS X

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  1. macrumors member

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    Does anyone have recommendations for free vector graphics editors? The three I know of are:

    Inkscape
    DrawBerry
    DrawIt Lite

    Inkscape seems to be the most highly recommended. I haven't read much on the other two, and from my playing around with them, neither seemed like they were quite as full-featured. I'm no graphics expert, though I'd like to learn more about creating vector graphic artwork. If anyone can make a recommendation from experience, please do.
     
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    I haven't used DrawBerry, but I've used DrawIt Lite a bit and Inkscape quite a lot. I strongly recommend Inkscape. It is a bit buggy, and works under X11 which isn't pretty, but it has a impressive range of features. DrawIt Lite looks nice, is more natively mac (not X11), but is very Lite on features.

    One problem with Inkscape at the moment is that the stable version (0.46) doesn't work with Snow Leopard. That is a logged bug, and I'm sure it'll be fixed in time, but it is my biggest annoyance with Snow Leopard so far. I'm downloading the developer build to see if that works OK: I've heard it does, but may not be as stable.

    There are other possibilities such as EazyDraw (the free version of that is very limited though).
     
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    I can confirm that inkscape v0.46 DOES NOT work in snow leopard. I hope they fix this soon...
     
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    I can confirm that the developer build works quite well with Snow Leopard (I've been using 0.46+devel r21714, built Jul 1 2009). I note from the website it seems that 0.47 is only days away.:) I haven't tried the release candidate because the above build works fine for me.
     
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    i noticed that too when I was downloading and installing earlier today. Hopefully software updates will pick it up when it comes in!
     
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    Michaelgtrusa

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    I decided to give inkscape a go.
     
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    There's also Vector Designer and LineForm, but I don't recommend either because LineForm seems to be totally unsupported by the developers and still buggy while Vector Designer is just buggy and has poor performance. Neither seemed to be able to handle complex vector artwork, the speed went to single frames per second.
     

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