I went Open Source this week, using Inkscape instead of my beloved Illustrator. My first experience was like visiting a parallel world, everything was almost the same but at the same time quite differently.
I shall give you an example, I love using short cuts in Illustrator, but the short cuts in Inkscape are different that the ones in Illustrator. So I’m constantly using the spacebar and the program behaves in an unexpected way. Also things are called differently and positioned differently and… I sound like a spoiled brat. But these small things matter. In the shortcut case: Inkscape could offer you in the beginning an screen that offers you the choice to change your shortcuts settings to the Illustrator settings. Maybe this is unnecessarily, maybe I am the only one who thinks this would be useful. But personally, I don’t think that is the case. John, my teacher, suggested to give Inkscape more time before writing it off. I didn’t learn Illustrator in day. But it is probably not just about time, it is also about your mindset: should I learn something new when I am satisfied with the old?
I like the idea of open source, of community and sharing. In terms of sympathy my head goes to initiatives like Inkscape. But I am also a creature of habit, unwilling to let go of something so good as Illustrator. My first introduction with Inkscape was good but, at some times, it was frustrating (why is the program constantly scale my objects back?). Maybe I should give it a real chance. They good thing about this program is that there is a great range of tutorials out there. Without the rocket tutorial of Nicu I still would be struggling.
And, in the spirit of open source, here (right mouse click, and then save as) is the .svg file of my image.