Translation update, POT date out of sync, how do I fix?
by Christoffer Holmstedt
hmm. I've been working on a Swedish translation since a few weeks back
and I just tried my translation against trunk and it was committed
nicely. (POT date the same) . When I now committed it to 0.91 
it seems like POT date was out of sync.
### How do I set up a proper workflow to not end up in this situation?
With Git I would have just kept the different branches as they are and
created a translation branch (like a hotfix branch in the git-flow
mindset) that I could merge into the others when I felt it was ready,
but I have no idea how to do this with Bazaar.
### Revert current revision (0.91 branch, revision 13646, )
As my experience with Bazaar is limited I don't want to revert, which
can go terrible wrong. Anyone else that knows how-to can just remove
revision 13646 from 0.91 and I will make a new commit on Wednesday.
8 years, 6 months
GSoC Mentor's Summit - Report
by Tavmjong Bah
Here is a report on the recent GSoC Mentor's Summit:
Four Inkscape developers were at the 2014 GSoC Mentor's Summit in San
Jose: Johan Engelen, Krzysztof Kosiński, Tavmjong Bah, and Joakim
Verona. Johan and Krzysztof were Inkscape's official delegates, Tav won
the special 10 Year Reunion lottery, and Joakim was there representing
the GNU Project.
The first day started out with a bonding session... a visit to the Great
America theme park which Google had rented out. There is nothing like
sharing a death defying roller coaster ride to get to know your fellow
Inkscaper. The afternoon was free and we held an informal Inkscape
session. Johan worked with Joakim on setting up an automated testing
system using Jenkins. It turns out that this is what Joakim does for his
day job so it was very helpful to have him there. Krzysztof reviewed
Tav's preparations for the SVG Working Group meeting that Tav was
attending the following week in Santa Clara.
The next two days of the "un-conference" were full of short informal
meetings on various topics of interest to the open-source community.
Here are a notes on the more memorable sessions (with help from Johan):
There was a very interesting session on FLOSS funding.
* Paid development
A point that was repeated many times was that the introduction of paid
development must be done in an open and transparent manner to avoid
alienating contributors. One suggested place to spend money is on code
reviews. Paying a small amount rewards long-term contributors (i.e.
reviewers) while encouraging reviews to be done in a timely manner thus
encouraging future contributions. Quality insurance is another place
where paid contributions can be useful. It was noted that paid
development can be helpful to those on "2nd shift" where the "1st shift"
maybe taking care of kids.
Johan observed that most of the talk was about "sustained
funding" (where the goal is having full time developers) vs. "beer
money" (where the money helps subsidize some of the time developers
invest). He's a little leery of getting into the former type of funding.
One possible place for funding might be grants, perhaps in a university
setting where money could pay for a PhD/postdoc to work on improving
Inkscape for a particular purpose.
* Cookie licking
Not only limited to paid development:
An example of a problem one can encounter is the "Cookie Licking
Pattern" where someone takes a cookie (project) and licks it to claim
the project as their own. This discourages others from taking up the
project - which may not be a problem if the "licker" delivers on the
project in a timely matter. But if the "licker" doesn't, then project
doesn't get done as nobody else will touch it. An additional problem can
occur if the "licker" puts the cookie back without telling anyone and
someone else picks up the cookie. A conflict in "ownership" can occur.
This can be be avoided by having well defined policy about project
Another session focused on community building. Drupal seems to be very
successful at this. "Web chick" reported (if my ears didn't lie to
me) that Drupal has 30,000 contributors! One only needs to look at their
web site to see the effort they take in building community,
especially in mentoring new contributors.
Good community management starts with tracking your contributors
(emails, commits, etc.) overtime to see if you are improving or not.
Post times when regulars can be found on IRC. ( Just saying "join us on
IRC" can be demotivating if no-one is in channel. "join us on IRC, many
of us are there at 1:23 UTC" is better.)
Our community is friendly, and we should try to be even more friendly!
E.g., keep the mail list friendly and mannered.
There is a book available for free download called "The Art of
There was a session focusing on FLOSS audio/visual projects.
* Press releases
Don't let coders write the press release! Coders tend to focus on bugs
and not on how awesome the software really is. Be careful with what you
say. The press has a tendency to parrot the press release.
Some projects could benefit from providing stickers... think of the
publicity from having a sticker on a DJ's setup advertising a FLOSS DJ
project. Inkscape might try to get "Supported by Inkscape" on Wacom
boxes. (Aside: Maybe seek support from Wacom to improve support for
* Missing Assets (non-coder contributions)
One area where non-coders can help is in providing missing assets. This
was brought up in the context of getting more sound samples for digital
sound libraries. In the Inkscape context it could be things like getting
more seamless patterns in our pattern library.
Overall, it was a very good meeting.
8 years, 6 months
Add new Guides extensions to Inkscape extensions page
by Samuel Dellicour
I'm using Inkscape for making webdesign, and to improve my workflow, I made
a couple of Inkscape extensions related to guides. Namely
- add centered guides (centered to the document)
- add margin guides (set to a certain distance to the document border)
- add grid guides (guides in a grid of columns and gutters)
- remove guides (made by Heathenx, bundled with his permission)
- remove selected guides (remove only horizontal/vertical/angles guides)
Full description and download can be found here:
I've also presented them in the Inkscape forum:
My question: How do I add a link to the extensions page in the official
Inkscape extensions page? Or can someone add it for me?
"Inkscape guide tools: add centered guides, margin guides, grid guides,
I would also appreciate any feedback to improve the tools (code, interface,
samplify webdesign <http://www.samplify.be/>
8 years, 6 months
Inkscape gtk-3.0 Themes
by Partha Bagchi
I built Inkscape with gtk+-3.0 support. Now I am trying to test it
with themes such as DeLorean-Dark-3.14. Is the current gtk+-3.0
support have theming support?
No matter how I do it, Inkscape does not honor gtk-3.0 theme.
I put gtk-3.0 folder with gtk.css in the etc/ folder within Inkscape
installation. I also tried share/themes/gtk-3.0/ etc.
Of course, I could be doing something totally wrong.
Win64 8.1 etc. with gtk+-3.14.5 (or 3.15.1 doesn't matter) and
glib-2.42.1 and revision 3708.
Thanks in advance,
8 years, 6 months
Shared Access to Project Credentials
by Bryce Harrington
[ If you aren't maintaining services for Inkscape and have no interest in
doing so in the future, you can stop reading here. :-) ]
For the Inkscape project, a number of us have set up various online
services. In some cases the services allow team management, and each of
us has our own account; in others we have a single admin account which
For these shared admin accounts, we now have a way to securely share the
credentials amongst ourselves, using GNU Privacy Guard (aka GPG), and
stored in a bzr repository:
% bzr branch lp:~inkscape.dev/inkscape/credentials
Don't panic! There's only a handful of gpg and bzr commands you need to
know to use this, and I've written them up in Cookbook format in the
The directions are from a Ubuntu perspective -- please help expand the
README with the appropriate commands for other systems.
Drop me a line if you need help.
8 years, 6 months
Mirror Symmetry Improved
by Jabiertxo Arraiza Cenoz
Here are a screencast of the merge feature added to the experimental
effect "mirror symetry".
This is a example running in a layer but also can apply to other
When i have time i made a procedural template and a extension to it for
work on a layer, and after, go to Kaleidoscope LPE.
8 years, 6 months
proposals for website content, including splitting the FAQ
As a brief backstory, Martin had contacted me some months ago,
asking if I had any ideas for the new website which he'd been developing,
and we had some general discussion. That was before the "new" site
launched. After it launched, I had some specific suggestions, and contacted
him again. He suggested I could use the django editor on the staging site,
and create some sample pages, showing the changes I would make.
Part of my suggestion was to incorporate some of the wiki content in
the site, and that's when he explained to me about how the wiki should now
be only for development topics, and most of the user content should either
be on the website, or in official documentation. That's when splitting the
FAQ into 2 faqs -- a user faq for the website, and a developer faq for the
wiki, came up.
So now I have those proposed new pages finished, and as well, the
FAQ has been overhauled, and split in two. And below is the info. I'm not
quite sure how the process works, for approving these kinds of things, but
Martin said to post to the dev mailing list. So here are the results of all
Oh, I should also say that after I started all this work, I noticed
this bug report, suggesting some of these changes:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape-web/+bug/1274098 I still haven't
figured out exactly how bug reports are handled, or who decides on the
Importance, Status, etc, so I just added a comment that I was working on
some of it.
OK, here we go.
1 - My proposed new Community page:
(Now includes all Inkscape forums, which are part of the community.)
2 - Since the listing of external galleries was so long, I put them on a new
page. It's found via text link, in the 2nd sentence in the Gallery section
of Community page.
This is that page: http://staging.inkscape.org/en/brynn-community-pg2/
They all came from the old wiki Galleries page, which was disorganized and
quite outdated, with ~ 40% bitrotted links and several spammish entries,
which weren't even Inkscape related. (I'd give a link, except I deleted all
those entries, after moving them to this page, on Martin's instruction.)
This new list is more organized, and current. Should the page be approved,
I intend to keep it up to date and organized.
3 - After moving the list of forums (from Learn page) to Community page, the
Learn page would now look like this:
http://staging.inkscape.org/en/brynns-learn2/ Very short page, and somewhat
4 - To make it more interesting, I added sort of a teaser, using a bit of
content from some of the pages. That proposed new Learn page looks like
However, what I think would be better, is to use some kind of imagery.
Maybe we could find, or someone could draw for us, some clipart. Actually,
for a website which promotes a graphics program, inkscape.org seems *to me*
practically devoid of graphics (except of course for the front page and
gallery). I think it would be nice to incorporate some Inkscape graphics on
each page -- either as clipart, that is designed to help with the flow of
the site (sort of like a theme, I guess); or just have an image on each page
(maybe a script could call up random images from the gallery). But I'm
getting off track. Just a thought :-)
5 - Here is my proposed new FAQ for Inkscape Users:
It's been seriously overhauled -- several items deleted from the original,
which are no longer needed; another several new ones added; re-organized;
and a TON of useless html code was removed.
Note that I changed the numbering system, to more of an outline style,
because I think it looks better. But I did a bit of research, and found a
way to keep the same numbering system, and still look better. It's just
that it involves editing the CSS/style sheet, and will take me some
experimenting to get it right. So I decided to use the outline style, and I
can work on the other system, if there is an outcry for the old numbering
There are still 2 issues left, before the user faq is complete.
5a - There are 5 bitrotted links, which need to be updated. The list is
attached: "bitrotted-links-in-InksFAQ.txt" In a previous message, Bryce
said he thought he could track them down. (Actually, only 2 for the user
faq. 3 are for the dev faq.)
5b - 5 wiki articles which need to be put into some kind of documentation.
The list is attached: "2b-documented-for-InksFAQ.txt" I'm still not clear
how documentation is handled, so I can only provide the list.
Unfortunately, I don't have the technical knowledge to write any of them
myself -- except for just copying and pasting somewhere else. I assume they
would need to be reviewed and updated, for accuracy, and none of those
topics I happen to know, inside-out.
(Related to this, I would be glad to make a listing of all user-related
content that I can find, in the wiki. I've already had a look at a lot of
it. But since I don't understand some of it, I would need some suggestions
from more knowledgeable folks, about what to do with it (i.e. delete, put in
documentation, or leave in the wiki for devs). But let me know. I'll be
glad to help with any of that, if I can.)
6 - After removing the user-related parts, this is the new proposed FAQ for
Inkscape Developers: http://staging.inkscape.org/en/brynn-dev-faq/ I used
the django editor, but I guess it would ultimately belong in the wiki. I'll
be glad to transfer to the wiki, if it's approved. Just lmk :-)
Note that I was not able to update any of the developer topics section,
because I'm just not knowledgeable on those.
As it turns out, 3 of the 5 bitrotted links, in the attached list, are for
the developer faq. It may be that they are no longer needed; I just don't
know. But that's all that is outstanding, to complete it.
Any and all comments or suggestions are welcomed, and especially any typos.
I must have proof-read 4 or 5 times, in the end, but I still could have
I appreciate the opportunity to contribute more to the Inkscape project than
just answering messages in forums. And if any of my limited skills can be
useful, I'll be glad to continue to help.
8 years, 6 months
RenderTests WRT python
by Martin Owens
I've looked at the inkscape-rendertest branch.
There is a pdiff codebase and a few other bits, but I notice no use of
Pillow(was PIL) to process the images. We have access to PIL.ImageChomp
to select the difference rectangles and further processing (with some
good guides online) for pulling out more information if we need to.
If we went with pdiff instead of Chomp and CMP in python, was there a
Thanks for your time.
Best Regards, Martin Owens
8 years, 6 months