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According to Wikipedia (retrieved oct 2017): “Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. Inkscape's primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), however many other formats can be imported and exported.Inkscape can render primitive vector shapes (e.g. rectangles, ellipses, polygons, arcs, spirals, stars and 3D boxes) and text. These objects may be filled with solid colors, patterns, radial or linear color gradients and their borders may be stroked, both with adjustable transparency. Embedding and optional tracing of raster graphics is also supported, enabling the editor to create vector graphics from photos and other raster sources. Created shapes can be further manipulated with transformations, such as moving, rotating, scaling and skewing”

In this wiki we only address three very specific subjects:

Installation for high DPI screens

It can a decade to adapt to new hardware and not just in open source projects (it took Adobe a very long time to adapt to modern screens)

Inkscape installation

Download link (Windows, Mac, some Linux)


Take the desktop version, not the app store version, i.e. 64-bit-architecture

If you got a high resolution screen, then use the two following strategies:

  • Within Inkscape, use Edit->Preferences->Interface to set icon sizes. I use "large"
  • Also, in the same settings, adjust the zoom correction factor to make the display Wysiwyg. I use 147. If you look at a drawing with 1:1 zoom, the dimensions in mm should be correct if you measure it with a ruler.

In addition, for smaller screens (13 to 77 as opposed to 32), you may have to fix InkScape Properties through Windows

  • Right-click on the InkScape shortcut on your desktop, and select Properties
  • Select Compatibility TAB and click on Change high DPI settings. Then, play with the settings. I use the following ones for my little DELL XPS 15 that has a 4K screen.
Fixing DPI resolution of the GUI on Windows 4K laptops






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