I’m working on the Sadie dress pattern and needed to draw a schematic. Markus suggested I try Inkscape, which is an Open Source vector graphics editor, similar to Illustrator and others. I’ve been using Illustrator for other projects, but the disadvantage there is that I don’t own it (it’s REALLY expensive), so I have to go to the university computer lab every time I need to work on my projects. Additionally, Illustrator is confusing. So I thought Inkscape would be worth a peek. Holy crap, Inkscape is so great! Let me explain why I like using this software.
1. It’s free. Illustrator costs like $600, even with Markus’ CMU discount. And it can be installed on both Windows and Macs.
2. It’s really easy to use. I have only used it once so far for a schematic, but it was really late at night (I don’t function well when I’m really tired), and I only needed to look in help once. All the buttons and functions are layed out for ease of use, and they make sense! Half the functions available on Illustrator still confuse the heck out of me.
3. My schematic, which is almost finished, looks so damn professional, you’d think I hired someone to do it for me! Seriously, I love it!
The only snag I’m running into is that you can only save it in formats that don’t seem to import well into Microsoft Publisher (SVG, some wierd form of PDF, and others). I know there must be a way around this, and Markus can figure that out for me. When he figures it out, I’ll post the schematic and say how I was able to save it.
Oh and “Happy Bobmas Day!”