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Compare Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape

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side-by-side comparison of Adobe Illustrator vs. Inkscape
based on preference data from user reviews. Adobe Illustrator rates 4.6/5 stars with 4,459 reviews. By contrast, Inkscape rates 4.4/5 stars with 308 reviews. Each product's score is calculated with real-time data from verified user reviews, to help you make the best choice between these two options, and decide which one is best for your business needs.
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Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
(4,459)
4.6 out of 5
Adobe Illustrator
Inkscape
Inkscape
(308)
4.4 out of 5
Inkscape
Star Rating
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
Inkscape
Inkscape
Market Segments
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
Small-Business (62.7% of reviews)
Inkscape
Inkscape
Small-Business (74.2% of reviews)
Entry Level Price
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
No pricing information available
Inkscape
Inkscape
No pricing information available

Adobe Illustrator vs Inkscape

When assessing the two solutions, reviewers found Adobe Illustrator easier to use and do business with overall. However, reviewers preferred the ease of set up with Inkscape, along with administration.

  • Reviewers felt that Adobe Illustrator meets the needs of their business better than Inkscape.
  • When comparing quality of ongoing product support, reviewers felt that Adobe Illustrator is the preferred option.
  • For feature updates and roadmaps, our reviewers preferred the direction of Adobe Illustrator over Inkscape.
Categories
Shared Categories
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
Inkscape
Inkscape
Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape are categorized as Vector Graphics
Unique Categories
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator has no unique categories
Inkscape
Inkscape is categorized as Document Creation
Pricing
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator Pricing
Free Trial Unavailable
Inkscape
Inkscape Pricing
Free Trial Unavailable
Ratings
Meets Requirements
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
9.4
Responses: 4110
Inkscape
Inkscape
8.6
Responses: 270
Ease of Use
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
7.9
Responses: 4125
Inkscape
Inkscape
7.8
Responses: 271
Ease of Setup
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.5
Responses: 444
Inkscape
Inkscape
8.6
Responses: 23
Ease of Admin
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.6
Responses: 413
Inkscape
Inkscape
8.5
Responses: 22
Quality of Support
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.2
Responses: 3310
Inkscape
Inkscape
7.7
Responses: 185
Ease of Doing Business With
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.7
Responses: 401
Inkscape
Inkscape
8.6
Responses: 21
Product Direction (% positive)
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
8.6
Responses: 4103
Inkscape
Inkscape
8.2
Responses: 291
Reviewers' Company Size
Reviewers of both Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape were most often representing companies in the Small-Business segment.
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
62.7%
Inkscape
Inkscape
74.2%
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
23.2%
Inkscape
Inkscape
14.2%
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
14.1%
Inkscape
Inkscape
11.6%
Reviewers' Industry
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator Industry
Design
14.8%
Graphic Design
11.0%
Marketing and Advertising
10.3%
Higher Education
4.4%
Computer Software
3.3%
Other
56.1%
Inkscape
Inkscape Industry
Design
11.9%
Graphic Design
10.9%
Information Technology and Services
7.6%
Computer Software
5.6%
Marketing and Advertising
5.0%
Other
58.9%
Reviews
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Adobe Illustrator
Radhika C.
User in Consumer Goods

Some of the format of this tool are very useful for additions and perfections of colors. I can make design much more interesting and beautiful and attractive for my clients. Adobe Illustrator has capacity to work on a large or different files at once...

Inkscape
Whelyton C.
User in Design

Inkscape is free. And one of the best free applications . Is possible make professional works on this program . It is very intuitive and has a friendly interface . it has responsive and functional tools . Bitmap automatic vectorization works better...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Adobe Illustrator
Krishan R.
User in Architecture & Planning

Ease of photoshop is not in illustrator. Features of both app should be in one. Import export is tedious task and frustrating sometimes.

Inkscape
jodee t.
User in Marketing and Advertising

One of thing that I do not like about inkscape is that you have to download another program called X11 to make it work. This is kinda annoying. Also, inkscape runs really slow. If you have a project that is a large file then it can take a while to load. ...

Discussions
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator Discussions
What are the best resources for learning how to use Adobe Illustrator?
11 comments
Kelsey N.
KN
I got a lot of useful videos off of Lynda.com. You can get a free trial for 30 days. It will also, after the basics, let you detail down to how you want to...Read more
Do you use Adobe Illustrator for web page designs?
7 comments
Kirana K.
KK
Illustrator has, in fact, some tools for web design, you can use them, everyone uses the tool as they see fit.Read more
How to use masks in adobe illustrator ?
5 comments
Paola A.
PA
Clipping mask! Shape over what you want. Read more
Inkscape
Inkscape Discussions
Can you upgrade to other versions?
4 comments
G2
Yes you will be able to upgrade.Read more
are you planning to offer any easy to use integration for Mobile only SDK.
2 comments
Madhavi S.
MS
Better ask this question on the Inkscape website. As far as I know - I am a user - there is no mobile version yet Platform support The latest version of...Read more
What is this software mainly used for?
2 comments
AM
Inkscape is a free and Open-Source replacement for Adobe Illustrator, allowing for vector graphics creation and manipulation.Read more
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