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Score 8.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Inkscape is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

GIMP

86%
9 Ratings
9.7

Inkscape

97%
3 Ratings

Usability

10.0

GIMP

100%
1 Rating

Inkscape

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.3

GIMP

93%
7 Ratings

Inkscape

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

GIMP Development Team

GIMP is great for anyone ranging from personal use to a small business. But, if you are a large business and have a sufficient budget, I would recommend you to opt for an expensive paid software like Photoshop, that would provide not only great features but also public recognition. Its great for beginners wanting to start editing photos, there is a small learning curve that could be gotten used to in no time.
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Open Source

I would 100% recommend Inkscape to anyone starting out with graphic design or illustration, as it isn't that difficult to get the hang of on the first day of using it. I am not recommending Inkscape for beginners alone, even experts in the field can use Inkscape professionally as it cuts of the expense of needing to buy a paid graphic design software which provides almost the same features. Inkscape is also great for beginners because it can be treated like a stepping stone to move onto a paid graphic designing software like Adobe Illustrator, so Inkscape can be used to test the waters before making the leap. Inkscape and Illustrator are almost the same so there wont be any difficulty in switching later on.
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Pros

GIMP Development Team

  • GIMP has a very intuitive interface so now as a user you can always layer all the images or make a different image from scratch.
  • One thing that I really like about GIMP is that it has a relatively smaller learning curve which can agitate many things that we don’t want so it’s better to keep this topic on the side for a while.
  • This product has so many large tools at the disposal stage which are used for manipulating different types of images and simultaneously exporting any type of unnecessary stuff.
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Open Source

  • Creates excellent vector based graphics
  • Quite easy to use
  • Free
  • Open-source
  • Limitless potential with what you can create
  • Available on all major operating systems
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Cons

GIMP Development Team

  • The UI could be revamped to reflect more modern UI trends (for example, material design look)
  • The Export menu could be made more intuitive and allow to easily choose file extension, quality etc.
  • Would be great if GIMP natively supported digital negative files (RAW)
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Open Source

  • startup screen could use close/minimize buttons
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Pricing Details

GIMP

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

GIMP editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Inkscape

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Inkscape editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      GIMP Development Team

      I interface GIMP with other software--I need to. I generally use the major calculation, CAD, word processing, and photo editing programs. In my office, my use of this software is not limited to computer-aided design. However, I am sure that if I needed this software for other purposes, it would have no interface problems.
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      Open Source

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      GIMP Development Team

      We have never needed to use the support functions for GIMP. Any queries we have or had about whether GIMP could complete a task we have used Google and YouTube. There is a wealth of information, guides, and forums dedicated to GIMP and how to perform certain tasks with the application.
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      Open Source

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      GIMP Development Team

      I looked at getting Adobe Illustrator before finding GIMP. The cost was prohibitive to me, as I was looking for something that would allow me to work on the images I had at a low cost. I could not justify buying Adobe Illustrator for the small amount of use I would get out of it. GIMP is the perfect solution, allowing me to do what I need with no cost for the software.
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      Open Source

      Adobe Illustrator is also used in our company sometimes however, Inkscape is used most considering the fact that it is completely free while Adobe Illustrator has to be bought through monthly/annual subscriptions that are expensive. For that reason we always opt for Inkscape. Not only is it a free software, but it includes almost all the features and tools that Adobe Illustrator offers, even though there might be some tools missing here and there, for businesses whose main focus isn't graphic design, Inkscape is the way to go. However if Graphic design or illustration is the only or the main factor of your business, I would suggest going for the investment and getting Adobe Illustrator.
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      Return on Investment

      GIMP Development Team

      • It can be run on low-resource computers.
      • It is cross-platform software.
      • It has excellent support and an active community that keeps you updated.
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      Open Source

      • It is free, so the return of investment is the cost of a commercial product plus whatever the value or what you create
      • Allows us to create branding SVG graphics without a cost
      • Helps us promote a brand that promotes confidence and quality
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