Skencil – vector drawing software

Skencil is an interactive vector drawing application. Therefore a Skencil drawing is made up of shapes like rectangles, ellipses and curves that can be filled and stroked. Each object is represented by the mathematical description of its shape, e.g. for a circle they are the coordinates of the center point and the length of the radius.

Skencil is a flexible and powerful tool for illustrations, diagrams and other purposes.

A somewhat unique (for a drawing program) feature of Skencil is that it is implemented almost completely in a very high-level, interpreted language, Python. Python is powerful, object-oriented and yet easy to use.

Features include:

  • Drawing Primitives including Rectanges, Ellipses, Bézier Curves, External images, EPS images & text.
  • Bézier curves, rectangles and ellipses can be used as guides.
  • Fill properties including gradient fills.
  • Special Effects such as blend groups, text along a path.
  • Import Filters allow Skencil to read different file formats. Currently Skencil has import filters for XFig (.fig), Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files, Corel CMX, Windows 3.1 Metafiles, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and for its own file format.
  • Export Filters allow Skencil to write the drawing to various file formats. Skencil has filters for its own format and for Adobe Illustrator, PDF and SVG files.
  • Writes EPS files.
  • Unlimited undo history.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Bernhard Reiter, Bernhard Herzog, Mark Rose, Andrew Grimberg
License: GNU Lesser General Public License


Skencil is written in Python and C. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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