I recently came across a new OpenSource vector graphics editing tool named Inkscape (www.inkscape.org) . It's cool .. man , and i think its competing with Adobe Illustrator . After seeing this , i downloaded and tried it on my desktop . To say it's one cool tool to use , and has SVG as its native format . now thats one thing , u gota clap u r hands , :)) . It has all the normal tools one would want for trying vectors for their work & ofcourse the new gradient editor was nice to work with .
I personally like the way inkscape renders its gradients ( believe me , they are better than illustrator ) . but i dont know why , it takes a lot of system resources & this is why its a little heavy ( think , it's cause it uses Pango ... oh don know... ) . otherwise its an excellent tool to work with & can be used for professional works too.. I've even seen a couple of starter tutes in the TUX Magazine (www.tuxmagazine.com ) .
Nothing's better than using it overselves , so next time u are thinking vectors , be sure to give this tool a try ..
And dont forget to visit the gallery section at inkscape.org (http://wiki.inkscape.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?Galleries )
Have a nice day , people .