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Adobe Illustrator

On Fri, Jul 30, 2004 at 10:40:59AM -0400, Jerry Feldman wrote:
> I am converting a friend from Windows to Linux, and the only application
> that might cause a problem is Adobe Illustrator. I am reasonably certain
> that it will not run under WINE. The lady does not use Illustrator for
> professional publication, but uses it mainly for drawing. What I would
> like to know if there are some decent programs on Linux that she might
> be comfortable to use. I know that The Gimp is an excellent drawing
> program, but I don't know how to compare that with Illustrator in terms
> where I would be comfortable. 

They're very different beasts.

One overarching difference is that Illustrator is vector-based -
it manages a drawing full of scalable objects - while The GIMP is a
bitmap editor.

The Gyve project tried for 5 years to create a vector editor "in
the spirit of Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw" and finally gave up
( they point to sodipodi (
as a possible successor. I don't know much about it, but it certainly
has some sexy screen shots.


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