November 21, 2005 — The Inkscape community today releases Inkscape 0.43,
an Open Source Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) drawing tool available for
Unix/Linux variants, Mac OS X, and Windows.
The focus of this release is on the exciting new features sponsored by Google
through their Summer of Code (SoC) program which provided funding for four
individuals to contribute to Inkscape. The primary additions this release are:
* Connectors: A new indispensable connector tool implements creation,
editing, and auto-routing (object-avoiding) of connector lines between
objects. It is indispensable for drawing diagrams. (Google SoC project)
* Inkboard Collaborative Editing: One may now connect to other Inkscape
users over a network and edit a shared document, watch changes, and
contribute one's own changes. (Google SoC project)
* Pressure and Tilt Sensitivity: The calligraphy tool may now use a tablet
pen with pressure and tilt support to vary the width and angle of a
* Better Node Editing: One may freely drag, bend, and stretch a Bezier
curve by any point and not only by a node. Also, one may easily add a new
node at any point on the curve.
* New Extensions: There are now extensions for envelope distortion,
whirling, and adding nodes.
* Refinements: Inkscape now supports improved precision, expanded limits,
usability improvements and several bugfixes.
* SVG Compliance: There is now additional support for the viewBox element
improving SVG compatibility.
In response to the release, Tavmjong Bah updated his online book, "A Guide to
Inkscape" (http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/index.php), to cover
the Inkscape 0.43 features. This guide is not included with the Inkscape
release. Users are encouraged to read the guide in addition to Inkscape 0.43's
release notes and the help included with Inkscape.
Currently the Inkscape community is working on the next release which focuses
on stability and closing bugs. The next release will add an outline viewing
mode, a plan towards SVG Tiny compliance, a fill and stroke interface to the
bottom toolbar, and further application refinements.
Inkscape is open to all types of contributions by people with all different
skill levels from around the world. Inkscape needs translators, web designers,
people to help answer questions, and developers to help reach the project's
goal of SVG compliance. Visit Inkscape.org and Draw Freely.
Download Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X packages:
For many more details, see the complete Release Notes for 0.43:
Community submitted screenshots:
Inkscape is an open source drawing tool that uses the World Wide Web
Consortium's (W3C) scalable vector graphics format (SVG). Some supported SVG
features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending,
transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, Inkscape supports Creative
Commons' metadata, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path,
text-in-shape, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS,
PostScript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple
Inkscape's main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully
W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional work includes
conversion of the codebase from <nowiki>C/Gtk</nowiki> to C++/Gtkmm,
emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful features added through an
extension mechanism, and the establishment of a friendly, open,
community-oriented development process.
Inkscape 0.43 is now released. With lots of exciting new features, many
sponsored by Google's Summer of Code, this is the best release of
Inkscape until the next one. Source code is now available in
Sourceforge, and everything is tagged and labeled in CVS.
We kindly ask that this release not be publicized outside of the
friendly confines of the Inkscape community until more packages are
available. Shortly, a more public announcement will be made. Thank you
for containing your excitement.
Release in SF:
I created a couple of graphics with Inkscape (0.39), and I would like
to include them in an OpenOffice (1.1.3) Draw document.
The problem is that Inkscape can export into ps, eps, svg, inkscape
svg, etc. But none of those formats can be read by Draw (except it
claims to read ps and eps, but it does not work).
Is there a sane way to transfer inkscape graphics into OOo Draw as
vectors (and not bitmaps)?
Maybe there is an utility under Linux which can convert inkscape svg
into something OOo Draw can read?
Thanks for the help,
Steven P. Ulrick wrote:
> On Sat, 19 Nov 2005 18:03:46 +0300
> Alexandre Prokoudine <alexandre.prokoudine@...155...> wrote:
>>On 11/19/05, Ben Fowler wrote:
>>>Sephen, if you want to approach it from that angle then one
>>>possibility would be
>>>do a recursive diff and find out where the trees differ.
>>Why on Earth? Just replace current ja.po with the old one
> I will try replacing ja.po with an old version. But, I have tried that
> before (with the various different *.po files that "make" bails on)
> with no success. To clarify, I have tried to compile this with
> completely fresh downloads of Inkscape's CVS tree, with the same
> results: see the error message quoted in my first message on this
> But I will gladly try it again.
This seems kinda weird to me. (Sure I'm ignorant, I know that.) Does
anyone else compile on FC3? Could it be the version of whatever is
invoked by autogen.sh? Has that already been checked?
I'm trying to daw some technical diagrams with Inkscape. It would be an
excellent tool, but the snap feature is driving me mad. I'm not sure if
this is a bug or a feature - if I draw a line, then move it, it will
snap to grid on the left, centre and right of the line (or
top-middle-bottom). It takes away the whole point of snapping, and I end
up with a lot of wonky diagrams!
Can I turn this off, so that lines will only snap at their centre?
According to Tavmjong's manual
ImageMagick Perl module is needed to import AI files into Inkscape.
But the suggested link to get it is dead.
I've been searching this list's archives, and read about another perl
script called ill2svg.
Which option is best?
Where can I find the latest release of these scripts?
How should I install them in a MacOS X environment?
Thanks in advance,
i have created a '.svg' file with some overlapping geometrical shapes
like circles and rectangles: i need to know how to preserve
transparencies when i convert this figure in eps format since all of
them are lost and the figure gets no meaning anymore
btw: do you know if latex can accept figure formats other than eps?
thank you all for help
GNU/Linux, debian sarge
Would it be possible for Inkscpae to have gradient fill interface the one on photoshop or illustrator, esp. for editing the gradient?
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It is possible to incorporate the images loaded on a svg project to the
svg file ? I need to copy all the images if I want to exchange the file
to other people ?
Ezequias Rodrigues da Rocha
>On 11/7/05, Jef Driesen <jefdriesen@...9...> wrote:
> > Thanks for the suggestion, but it doesn't look as nice as the text on
>Remember that you can always position each character independently by
>kerning keys (alt+arrows).
> > Increasing the letterspacing creates a slightly better result, but this
> > not exactly the solution I hoped for. (I was looking for a behaviour
> > to CorelDraw, where it is possible to have the upper side of the text on
> > path.)
>This is not possible in SVG, afaik.
I was already afraid of that. I managed to produce a nice looking result
with your suggestion of using two circles and adjusting letterspacing. I did
some experimenting with CorelDraw and noticed that the letterspacing needed
some tweaking also for a nice result.
> > Also, increasing letterspacing does not seem to work when the text is
> > already on the path. And increasing letterspacing before putting it on
> > path makes it difficult to predict the final result (and is a lot of
> > trial-and-error work).
>Letterspacing in text-on-path works for me. If it does not for you,
>please submit a but attaching the bad file (or giving a link to it).
The letterspacing does work with text-on-path. I only needed to enter
'editing text' mode first.
Maybe it would be a good idea to be able to add an alternate way (besides
the keys Alt-> and Alt-<) to adjust letterspacing. Because on my keyboard I
need to use the shift key already to enter '>'. So I can't use that key for
the 10 pixel variant of the key combination anymore. Just an idea.