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Background: I'm mostly a Mac user and have tried out Inkscape and even created SVGs with it, but it is highly user-unfriendly, it uses CTRL as the modifier key. I found VectorDesigner which seems promising so far. I also use Windows and Linux (Xubuntu and Ubuntu for desktop applications) so either of those would be great too.

So, finally: What are cheaper alternatives to Adobe Illustrator on Windows, Mac, Linux?


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On a Mac, check out Lineform ($80 USD):

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Thanks! Will check it out. – artlung Dec 18 '09 at 1:56

i'm using Xara Extreme (and Xara 3D); user-friendly, fast and reasonably priced.

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for Windows $89, for Linux (Xara LX) $0

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This looks pretty good! Will check it out. – artlung Dec 17 '09 at 14:31

You could try Xara Xtreme. It's free to use and works on Linux only

By the way: What's wrong with Inkscape using CTRL as Control-Key?

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CTRL is the least of my worries with Inkscape, it also fires up X11, has a UI that, as a longtime user of vector programs (Illustrator, before that Freehand) is just counter intuitive. Needs its UI fixed. – artlung Dec 17 '09 at 14:29

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