Inkscape is a vector graphics tool that allows users to create and manipulate designs just about as well as any Adobe software. The platform works very well with Windows and Linux operating systems. The software is also free for download from source forge. There is not another software out there like Inkscape that can stand on its own two feet in face of Adobe softwares. For me, Inkscape was a must-have as a young designer who couldn't afford brand-name software. As I compare Inkscape to the industry standard, Adobe Illustrator, I often realize that there are functions of Inkscape that are far easier to perform than certain Illustrator functions. Inkscape is a powerful platform and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in design or computer graphic arts.
The biggest con for me with Inkscape was that it does not have very good compatibility with Mac operating systems. When I transitioned from Windows to Mac, it was difficult to find the extra add-ons that had to be installed in order to put Inkscape on my Mac. I hope Inkscape continues developing better support for Mac computers.
Additionally, since Adobe is now the industry platform in the design world, I think it would be very beneficial for Inkscape to implement better compatibility when switching between softwares by allowing for a wider range of file extensions.
If designing for a customer, make sure that you will be able to save and export Inkscape files to be compatible with the customer's needs. If working with multiple designers, make sure before beginning that file extensions will be supported across all platforms as many designers use Adobe software.
I originally heard about Inkscape when I was in high school. At that point, it was the most reasonable option since it allowed all the functionality needed in a vector program at an undeniable rate: free. I now have over 5 years of experience with the program and feel very confident when recommending it to friends and students. When I began teaching into to graphic design classes to middle school and high school aged students, I would always use Inkscape because it was a software platform that they could go home an install and continue learning as opposed to a program like Adobe, which many young students would probably be unable to afford. I think that Inkscape provides a great educational opportunity and allows users to experience the world of design and vector imaging without a financial commitment.