thehippo8 wrote:The difference is massive. Rastor graphics look dreadful when made bigger, vector graphics give clean crisp lines. I am interested in why Natty dislikes Inkscape and will have a think about that myself. But certainly Paint is so easy ... just so bad!
Because Inkscape lacks any serious graphical effects and filters. It does have the ability to embed bitmaps and it does have some filters but they're very primitive (no adjustments of any kind) and you can't mask the bitmaps or do much anything to them except slap them on the image. You can't apply textures, you can't do any serious lighting or distortion effects, etc.
Inkscape is good for designing simple, stylistic graphics but it's not enough for serious graphical work. It's also useful for drawing the borders etc. of a map, then importing the paths to GIMP and using them there to draw the actual graphics. I like the freehand vector drawing tool of inkscape, it's great for doing land shapes and borders.
It is true that you can't upscale bitmap graphics. That however is just a feature of them, you are supposed to create the large image first anyway so that you won't have to upscale them.
Crazy Frog wrote:I wonder why they are all so much more complicated than Paintbrush...
That's like asking why a grand piano has more keys than a "My First Piano". It's because one is a serious tool meant for actual work, and the other is a toy, that can possibly be used to learn the basics but isn't good enough for any serious work.