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I'm looking for a vector art tool for gameart, similar to Flash, but preferably free. It just needs the following capabilities:

  • Create vector images (can scale up/down without losing quality)
  • Specify shape X/Y to the pixel (eg. set the X to 24.1, like in Flash)
  • Draw primitive shapes (square/circle/triangle) with border and colour (or gradient)
  • Specify shape width/height in precise pixels
  • Export to PNG

Flash can do all this, but it's expensive (and heavy to install). Is there a free alternative that I can use?

This is NOT for pixely, pixel-style art.

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Does Google SketchUp provide all these features for you (I don't know if it does, which is why I'm typing this in a Comment instead of an Answer)? sketchup.google.com –  Randolf Richardson Jul 22 '11 at 4:04
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You might be able to bend SketchUp to do that. Set the camera to Parallel perspective with a top down view. Otherwise it looks like this is a request for a 2D program. Maybe something like http://inkscape.org/ I'll post that as an answer if that works for you :) –  Byte56 Jul 22 '11 at 6:43
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It definitely is a request for a 2d program, since he basically wants the same features as flash provides. So Inkscape would be a better choice than SketchUp –  bummzack Jul 22 '11 at 7:18
    
@bummzack +1 for Inkscape! –  Jonathan Connell Jul 22 '11 at 7:48
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How about getting these as answers instead of comments? Upvotes where upvotes are deserved. Yes, I want a 2D tool, not a 3D tool. –  ashes999 Jul 22 '11 at 9:09
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I guess inkscape is the answer! I downloaded it last night, it does seem like a really nice program. I don't know a lot about it, but I'm fairly sure it does all the things you want it to.

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Does it support animation? –  ashes999 Jul 25 '11 at 13:19
    
For integrated animation, it looks like it's "in the works". There are however a few tutorials (here's one) out there for using inkscape with other programs to create animations. –  Byte56 Jul 25 '11 at 15:42
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Inkscape: http://inkscape.org/ Seriously, how does everyone know about Sketch-Up but not Inkscape?! It's like the only good free SVG editor ffs!

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The web alternativeto is a good place to find alternatives similar to a program.

These are the free alternatives to inkscape, that seems to be the free vector graphics editor reference:

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