I have Inkscape, but it’s a one-file, one-page program and a work in progress that is sorely in need of a profound overhaul. I visit all the open source sites almost daily looking for updates, so I know that an overhaul of Inkscape is pending via the summer of code update and the September push, but Inkscape remains klunkier than any other open source program I’ve ever used. I use it for minor editing .eps files and converting raster images to vector formats, but it’s not my final destination for any finished product.
I also use other, free open source programs such as Krita, Paint.net, DigiCam (an open source image library database program) and Gimp.
What I like about Gravit:
- It was free. Sadly, I knew when Corel acquired it that it would be monetized, and harshly. Depressing.
- Picture replace functionality (also available in the Draw module in LibreOffice).
- Multiple pages in varying proportions can be saved in the same document (Draw is all the same proportion)
- Alignment tools are very good in Gravit. I love the guidelines appearing and snapping when I move elements.
- I liked the drop shadow functionality on text until the effects feature proved very buggy and I took them off.
- Exact placement from one page to another when copying/cutting and pasting.
- That its file format can store a mix of vector and raster images.
- I can define pages in pixel units.
I export everything as a final product as .png files.
I might wind up using 3.4.5 on one of my virtualized desktop environments, which doesn’t have Internet access, so that the version of Gravit we’re currently using cannot get ninja updated into a handicapped freemium version via an auto-update which would force us to pay for what we freely have available to us now.
I’m sticking with Gravit for now rather than use LibreOffice because several profound and application-killing bugs have crept into LibreOffice Draw (such as the program crashing when selecting a color for the page background).
I have Office 365, and its Publisher tool has the ability to store multiple pages in one file and in-picture replacement, but I’m attempting to do as much as possible in open source. Money is super-tight for me, and I don’t want to invest a ton of time and effort in creating something in Office 365, and then stop my 365 subscription, only to wind up with a wheelbarrow full of uneditable documents.