When comparing Xara Designer Pro X vs Inkscape, the Slant community recommends Inkscape for most people. In the question“What are the best vector graphics editors?” Inkscape is ranked 1st while Xara Designer Pro X is ranked 10th. The most important reason people chose Inkscape is:
Inkscape is GPL-licensed and maintains public repositories.
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Pro All-in-One suite
It has extensive built-in tools and features for all your design needs.
Pro 25000% zoom
Quick speed to zoom in and out with the mouse-wheel whilst editing.
Pro Automatic backup and costumizable version control
Automatically backups your projects every few minutes and has version control, which allows you to always go back to an user-defined number of old versions of your files.
Pro Integrated Google Fonts installer
Easily install fonts from Google Fonts repository to use in all your projects directly from the font interface.
Pro Import from.. / Export to.. other graphical suites
You can easily import from and export to Adobe and Corel suites in their native file formats.
Pro Xara apps smooth integration
Smoothly switches between any Xara / most MAGIX apps like Xara 3D Maker, PhotoStory, MAGIX Video Edit, etc...
Pro Tutorials and Demos
Xara constantly publishes tutorials and always has updated demos of new features.
Pro Community friendly
Xara and MAGIX have a very close relationship with its user community.
Pro PDF-X export
Perfect PDF-X export for a better product design printing experience.
Pro Built-in Pixabay free image library
Search and download free images from Pixabay to add to your projects without ever leaving Xara Designer Pro.
Pro Plugin support
It recognizes and fully support plugins from Photoshop and others.
Pro Xara's cloud integration
The new Xara Online Designer allows you to work on-the-go.
Pro Free and open source
Inkscape is GPL-licensed and maintains public repositories.
Pro Opens lots of file types
Inkscape supports many common formats for import (including SVG, Photoshop and Illustrator) and its plugin architecture allows more to be added.
Pro Export to different file types
You can export and save your files for example as a "normal" svg, png, jpg, bmp etc. file.
Pre-built binaries are available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Inkscape can be built from source on additional platforms.
Pro Dark Theme Support
The new 1.0 beta 2 version finally got support for dark theme which normally is only available for commercial software like Affinity Serif, Adobe Illustrator.
Pro It can do anything
A very powerful software that can do pretty match anything!
Pro Integrates well into a X11-System
Its uses the X11 icon theme and desktop theme(GTK).
Pro Measurement Tool
This tool is extremely handy and I was not able to find it in any other vector graphics programs out there.
Pro Live Path Effects
Extremely powerful menu that offers more than 30 powerful Live Path Effects to apply to your paths vastly enhancing the application functionality.
Pro Guides, Grids, and Canvas Rotation
Extremely handy features when building complex graphics using Inkscape.
Pro Interface is available in 29 languages
Basque, British English, Brazilian, Portuguese, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Swedish.
Pro It's really easy and fun
You can edit and create vector graphics with Inkscape.
Con Lacks starting page size options and file creation wizard
It has a few and outdated templates for file creation and no wizard. So many times, you'll have to customize page sizes to your needs after creating a random A4 project.
Con Very slow startup on some systems
Depending on factors like how many fonts you have installed, Inkscape can take upwards of 30 seconds to launch.
Con Uses its own SVG-format by default
Inkscape might use SVG as its default format, however this SVG's contains some additional SodiPodi/Inkscape additions that can be troublesome if you want to import the SVG into some other application.
Con Mac version does not look as polished as its versions for Windows/Linux version for the 0.92.x version
It seems that Inkscape 1.0 beta 2 for Mac got some needed attention and it looks a lot better with dark theme support. native DMG installer and they got rid of X11 which is great.
Con Based on the GTK widget toolkit
Software is based on GTK, so it might not integrate well in non-GTK environments. It also requires many dependencies on those non-GTK desktops. It also adds dependencies to GTK-environments since it is written in C++ which requires the gtkmm wrapper/interface.
Application is often buggy so it happens from time to time that the popup / right-click menu won't close and stays open. It crashes also sometimes randomly. This makes it almost unusable for productive / business use.
Con Incompatible with previous versions
Sometimes backward compatibility breaks. For example, pre 0.92 SVGs are incompatible with later releases (due different default resolutions).
Con Crashes very often
Inkscape encountered an internal error and will close now - is one of its standard messages.
Con 1.0 is sluggish
Inkscape 1.0 uses GTK 3 which is sluggish and slow for low spec systems( eg. ARM, Celeron, Pentium, Core-i3, Ryzen 3 or Athlon ) compared to previous versions.
Con Limited work with ICC CMYK color scheme
Support for ICC color profiles only in SVG files.
Con Since 0.91 the gradient editor is gone
It is now only possible to edit a gradient on screen. but you can't set a stop to a specific percentage anymore.
Con Y-axis inverted
0,0 coordinates begin in lower left corner, not upper left corner as SVG standards define in Inkscape 0.92.x.
It seems this is now fixed in the 1.0 beta 2 version of the program.
Con No support for large printing machine system
No support for large printing machine environment, except exporting the resulting artwork to PDF.
Con Under GNU GPL
It is released under GNU GPL which one of the restricted open source license.