I happen to know these other tools really well, but there is not that much
Inkscape can do that the others cannot. That said,.. these are the most
important aspect why I started to use Inkscape almost exclusively.
** Some other things Inkscape does that the others do not.
*** Inkscape uses SVG as it's native file format. This ensures a minimum
of fuss in publishing documents on-line. It has the single widest support
of the SVG 1.1. standard of all authoring tools you may find.
Some of the tools in Inkscape are without equal. The filter editor allows
you to create effects that other tools cannot hope to accomplish simply
because their native file format is not SVG. There are always conversion
steps you have in other authoring applications that you will not have
using Inkscape. Errors therefore are confined to browser or viewer
Though some of the basic functions in Inkscape are a bit Spartan, it often
is at the more complex things you can do with vector graphic that Inkscape
can do things nothing else can out of the box.
No other authoring tool will allow for editing the code directly, through
an XML editor, nor does any other authoring tool allow you to add scripts
in your SVG code, both in Inkscape and outside it, which will be negated
by the editor and left alone during the parsing of the drawing.
You can often take arbitrary code generated by other authoring
applications or even hand coded SVG and happily edit the file in Inkscape
and save it back without it being messed up by the editor. Very few other
applications are as forgiving accepting drawings from other applications
and then being able to edit them.
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