When comparing Inkscape vs Foxit PhantomPDF Editor, the Slant community recommends Foxit PhantomPDF Editor for most people. In the question“What are the best PDF editors?” Foxit PhantomPDF Editor is ranked 3rd while Inkscape is ranked 4th.
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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 Integrates well into a X11-System
Its uses the X11 icon theme and desktop theme(GTK).
Pro It's really easy and fun
You can edit and create vector graphics with Inkscape.
Pro Fast and lightweight
Pro Reasonable OCR capabilities
While PhatomPDF's OCR capabilities are not as powerful as those found in some competing products, it will get the job done as long as the layout elements are basic and the text has no particularly odd fonts.
Pro Clean, easy to navigate user interface
PhantomPDF has a ribbon-like interface that allows keeping it clean and intuitive.
Pro Can directly convert Outlook e-mails to PDFs
Single messages, conversations and folders can be converted.
Pro Author of a document can allow others to leave comments
Through a feature called Shared Review, the author can share a document with others for them to leave comments. Once enabled for sharing through SharePoint, network folder or e-mail, the document can be accessed with Foxit Reader, MobilePDF Business and PhantomPDF Business.
Pro Supports password and certificate protection and DocuSign signatures
Pro Offers a 30-day trial
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.
Sometimes it just crashes without any reason, so it's not really usable as professional application.
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 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
Con Mac version is in worse shape than Windows/Linux version
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 Limited work with ICC CMYK color scheme
Support for ICC color profiles only in SVG files.
Con No support for large printing machine system
No support for large printing machine environment, except exporting the resulting artwork to PDF.
Con Y-axis inverted
0,0 coordinates begin in lower left corner, not upper left corner as SVG standards define.
Con Plugins are 32-bit only and don't work with 64-bit MS Office
Plugins for Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint that allow simplified PDF creation are only available for the 32-bit versions.