On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 04:44:20PM +0100, Mark Crutch wrote:
Inkscape not exporting JPEG doesn't prevent you doing anything, it just
adds an extra external step if you absolutely must have a JPEG.
Therefore I consider one case to be broken, and the other not. One stops
you performing the basic tasks the program is there for, the other doesn't.
Inkscape exports in the only widely used open raster format that supports
alpha transparency and saves losslessly; from that high-fidelity original
it's down to the user to accept the trade-offs of converting to something
else, and to pick their preferred tool for doing so.
The choice here is between having an application that tries to do everything
and a set of tools that can be combined in a variety of different ways.
The UNIX philosophy is the latter.