Gravit Designer vector graphics tool

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Edit vector graphics with Gravit Designer and save the results in the SVG, PNG, and JPEG formats.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) made a huge breakthrough with the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, which supports far more than just employing and positioning standard objects. When the committee first published the XML-based format in 2001, the commercial programs prevalent at the time ignored it and continued to rely on their own, mostly proprietary formats. Even when web browsers started supporting SVG images, it was not enough to encourage more programs to work with this format.

However, Inkscape – a fairly comprehensive graphics program that is a mixture of two-thirds drawing program and one-third editor – could generate and load SVG data. The application still provides the most comprehensive features for this format, although it does not support all aspects of SVG.

Nevertheless, the powerful, well-documented, and widely used Inkscape has long left little room for other free vector graphics tools. The Xara Group made a less successful attempt with Xara Xtreme, which found very few friends in the Linux camp. Version 0.7 of the proprietary program is still available as a 32-bit binary in various repositories.

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