At least I think it is SVG, at the very least it uses Raphael.js
It's not amazing to use a vector editor, but amazing that this is the first one I've ever used that feels right, and that all the Flash-based graphics editing apps written in the last couple of years couldn't achieve that proper feel.
Comparing this with a desktop app is missing the point.
I can select Inkscape in aptitude (or any other package manager of any other decent OS), wait a few seconds for the download, and can run it immediately.
Okay, this won't give me the latest bleeding edge version, but instead I get a mature application that is well-tested and provides more functionality than I ever needed. (in particular, more functionality than SVG-edit)
> Comparing this with a desktop app is missing the point.
You seem to imply that SVG-edit has some inherent advantage over Inkscape because it is a web application.
However, the main criterion is still: getting things done for the user, isn't it?
So yes, maybe SVG-edit will evolve more quickly due to being a web application. However, in that case it should surpass Inkscape in the near future. Only then it has proven to be better - not because it is a web application, but because it is more useful.
But the same goes for Google Docs and OpenOffice. Having more features isn't always what matters most.
I beg to differ. Google Docs does provide some important features which OpenOffice doesn't provide.
However, I didn't find any such thing in SVG-edit.
> Having more features isn't always what matters most.
Apart from stability (which could also be considered a feature), what else are you talking about? The set of features determines the usefulness (or uselessness) of an application, doesn't it?
At what point does anything that makes an application more useful a feature? If this is the definition of a feature, then your second point seems a bit obvious.
I wasn't able to get the linked version to work in Firefox (3.6.11).
Any intention of growing this into a real full fledged product?