I use a variety of graphics editors, some online and some downloadable. If you consistently read my blog you’ll soon find out about my favorites. I use multiple editors the same way I cook. Not just one pan or utensil is enough for me in the kitchen.
I’ve discovered editors both online and downloadable have strengths and weaknesses. Since I tend to be rather impatient, once I know a function or feature can be efficiently and quickly done by an editor I tend to go back to that time and time again. And I end up using certain editors for specific kinds of design.
Inkscape is one of those editors and is free vector graphics software. I use Inkscape for both large and small projects: as a vector graphics editor or even for file conversions. Installing Inkscape on Macbook is straightforward, but before going further, get a copy of Inkscape online here. There are always 2 ways to install any third party app on Mac.
The first is to compile the source using Homebrew. I’ve mentioned both in my article about installing GIMP- “Install GIMP on Mac High Sierra” but I’ll briefly review here. Homebrew is an open source program capable of compiling and installing useful apps from source code. I’ve never understood why Apple developers skipped including some of the apps and utilities that Homebrew can install but I’m sure glad the developers Homebrew went to the effort to provide those for Mac Users. I’ve found Homebrew to be easy to use and provides both uninstall and install options.
The second way to install is with a pre-compiled dmg package. That is the quickest install but not always the best. Most of the time, I install using the dmg package. If I run into errors or even a failed installation I’ll switch to the compile option.
In this article I’ll indicate how to use either since the install of Inkscape is fairly straightforward. I do recommend installing XQuartz first. Straight from XQuartz here’s their definition of XQuartz’s purpose.
“The XQuartz project is an open-source effort to develop a version of the X.Org X Window System that runs on OS X. Together with supporting libraries and applications, it forms the X11.app that Apple shipped with OS X versions 10.5 through 10.7”
Homebrew works easily to install the needed source code or you can install the dmg package.
DMG package Install:
Simply go to XQuartz, download the dmg, double-click to begin the install and install that way.
Go to Inkscape, download the dmg, double-click to begin the install and you’re done.
For those of you that prefer the compiled versions, it works like this after you open a terminal window.
/usr/bin/ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)” <<<—- to install Homebrew if you don’t have it.brew cask install xquartz brew cask install inkscape
Once Inkscape has been installed, you may want to configure it’s preferences and document properties. Basically, you configure the startup properties for Inkscape when you open it, but I’ll save that for a different article.
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