Thank you for your always detailed and very well explained email.

Allow me one silly question, please: is it possible for us to announce the gallery in the main inkscape website so the inkscape extension developers can publish them in our gallery?

Let me know if I missed anything.

--Victor Westmann

On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 9:41 PM, brynn <brynn@...78...> wrote:
Short answer:

It will be different in 2 ways.  1 - It will include all known extensions, and 2 - it will only be links to download pages, not any actual extensions.  Here's the page, but it only has tutorials and a couple of books on it now:

As far as I understand, you don't have to host your extensions in the gallery. If you prefer to use a repo like github, you can just put the link to it in your gallery posting.  (But for newbies, it would be nice to include specific info about exactly what to download.  I'm not exactly a newbie, but I still get confused when I have to go to github to download something.)

I think the gallery category *could be* the main distribution channel.  But I'm not sure how that could be controlled.  Once it becomes known more widely, I would guess that most extensions will be found there.  But I think extensions will always be scattered around, to some extent.

Long answer:
Currently external Inkscape extensions are scattered far and wide across the internet.  By my count, that is approximately (roughly) 300 extensions!  A few of us are working on contacting as many extension authors as we can, and informing them about the gallery, which might not have even existed, when they created their extensions.

But when I say "a few", really only one person is doing that work, with me and another person (Maren) providing support when we can.  The work is going very slow, as far as I can tell.  I think the reason it's going so slow, is that person (Mark Shafer) (I probably mispelled the last name) is also attempting to bring older extensions up to date, at the same time.  If we were to focus only on contacting the authors, it would probably go faster. This is our working page:

Between that page, the original Extensions Repository (which was only sparsely used by extension authors, afaict) (, and the gallery's extensions category (, that's all the extensions we know of.

I just want to have sort of a master list of extensions, because as I provide support for Inkscape (primarily in forums) I'm sick and tired of searching hither and yon to help users find extensions.  Plus, having such a list will allow users to search on their own.

If someday, we finally have all the external extensions in the gallery, I'll happily delete my list of links (to download pages).  I'm not sure if that would ever happen, but I'd be happy if it did.

My desire to put out a call for testers will benefit both the comprehensive list I'm making, as well as the gallery category.  I'm also getting tired of explaining to people who are searching for extensions, that 'here are all our extensions, but we have no idea which ones work, which version they work with, or on which systems'.  So even when we have them all in one place, we'll still be reciting the same lines, unless we can gather that info about them.

All best,

-----Original Message----- From: Maximilian Gaukler
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Inkscape-docs] extension testers needed

Hi brynn,

I may have missed something - in what way is your extension page
different from the extension gallery? Is it only for extensions not
listed in the gallery?

Do you have a link to your page?

Anyway, I'd like to get an overview of existing extensions out there in
the web, especially the ones that do similar work to the ones I am
contributing to.

Regarding the gallery:

Is there a way to add an extension to the gallery without uploading a
zip file? I would like to link only to github, as I don't like having to
reupload it for every new version: That's duplicate work and tends to be
forgotten, especially if the inkscape website is not the main
distribution channel.

Best Regards,


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