Finally got the Anime Eye sample
implemented using Inkscape. It looks like Inkscape is pretty usable already as I can do a lot of ops using the toolbox and menus. Though some Illustrator artiste will find some of the ops quite different, like the boolean ops, for example.
What is probably needed to get more users using Inkscape is to write more tutorials targetting Illustrator users. A tutorial that maps all Illustrator ops to Inkscape ops will probably get users moving over to Inkscape. Now, why did I say that? Well, it might turn out most Inkscape users will be coming from commercial ones.
The best move is to re-do the UI and simply copy the competitor's UI. That would be the easiest way to get more users. But then, how can third party make money out of Inkscape selling tutorials? Hmmm.
It might be good to play around with Inkscape and see if I can write a couple of tutorials. Then test the hypothesis if more users actually moved over.