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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to powerful software, 2 Mar. 2013
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This introduction starts from scratch and develops logically. The chapter on layers is particularly good as the successful use of layers is essential when developing any type of digital graphic. The frequent addition of equivalent shortcut keys for performing tasks is most welcome; Inkscape includes a huge list of these in its online help and perhaps the book's list of these shortcuts could have been extended beyond the two and a half pages allocated.

The book loses a fifth star for relatively minor points. Not all screenshots match one's experience with, in my case, Windows 7. The pop quiz feature is wasted space in my opinion. The page numbering is a fine example of poor graphical design - why are the numbers so small and in bold typeface? The index for any technical book must be at least 10%. Here we find ten and a half pages of index for a book of 268 pages.

Do not let my whingeing deter those new to Inkscape. This book took me from post-installation to producing quality 600dpi PDF output in less than one week. That PDF output produced stunning printed material from commercial printers.

This book has saved me tens of hours of trial and error and I am happy to recommend it.
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