It is not necessary to make invisible shapes to use text on path. In fact it's not a good idea to do that because then the user can not easily select the shape for rotation. Though I think there is quite a bit wrong with the text on path implementation in the first place.

The solution should not require new users to learn/deal with a bad workflow just to prevent a single problem. 

A better solution is to revert to a default value only if there is no stroke or fill specified. This is because it is always an error to draw invisible shapes. It's arguable whether it's a good idea to hide shapes by giving them no fill and no stroke, after they are drawn, but it is *always* an error to draw a new shape with no fill and stroke.


On Sun, 2 Sep 2018, 01:07 brynn, <brynn@...3089...> wrote:
Invisible shapes are occassionally needed.  For example, text on path.  Another
example, custom stripe pattern.

However, the problem is new users.  They find that they can make invisible
objects, so they do.  Then they forget that they did.  Then they can't draw
anything anymore.

I still like Patrick's suggestion in the bug report
(  It helps in only a certain
situation, and does not impair accidentally in other situations.

All best,

-----Original Message-----
From: C R
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2018 5:03 PM
To: Inkscape User Community
Subject: Re: [Inkscape-user] Inkscape can be extremely frustrating

Or don't use invisible objects. I think thats still the better solution. They
are not needed for anything, and having to sort through potentially thousands of
objects to find the invisible ones, is so so very not worth it. :)

PS- easier way to see invisible objects is View > Display Mode > Outline
imho, this is also so very not worth it.

Don't use invisible shapes, people. It's bad, mkay? ;)

On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 11:39 PM Victor Westmann <victor.westmann@...155...>


To see whatever object you have on Inkscape canvas, doesn't matter if invisible
or not, just go to "Object" > "Objects...".
All of the objects will be there.

I was the one that requested this feature way and was REALLY glad this was
implemented! Extremely handy feature.

Just like the Blender panel with all of the objects present in the Blender


--Victor Westmann

On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 3:17 PM, Maren Hachmann <maren@...3112...> wrote:
Am 30.08.2018 um 23:01 schrieb C R:

>     It can't ever catch all the cases, though. Layers? Groups? Too much
>     blur? A clip or mask? Other objects above in a different layer? There
>     are so many of those that cause drawing invisible objects, and Inkscape
>     doesn't help with determining the cause (btw. opacity at 0 is the most
>     frequent cause, esp. as there is a bug about the opacity indicator field
>     in the current stable version, after that comes 'fill alpha at 0'. 'no
>     stroke, no fill' is a lot rarer, in my experience).
> I'm sure we can catch some or most of these. I still maintain it's an
> error to draw a shape with no fill and no stroke, regardless of the
> reason ... with the possible exception of masking or clipping. I don't
> see how groups would be a problem unless the group were set to 0%
> opacity...

- Happens, unfortunately. And people don't notice they are in one when
they try to draw something.

> another thing whic is inadvisable for all the same reasons.
> :) Regardless, if the user hits escape twice, it exits out of any groups
> etc. We should make sure that at least in this condition, where nothing
> else is interfering, the user is able to draw visible shapes effectively
> without having to tweak anything to see what they are drawing. :)
>     - It might be inadvisable, but it's quick and a way that is currently
>     available to change the line width of a line drawing (like a simple
>     cartoon). I wasn't talking about gradients, and also not about shape
>     properties.
> A better method is to enter the group, select all, and adjust the
> line-width there. Being able to set the stroke, but not stroke gradient,
> or fill but not fill gradient on a group is inconsistent behaviour and
> needs to be fixed one way or the other - either the group is treated
> like selecting all its contents, or the group needs to be treated like a
> separate shape. Right now its both, and is confusing and inconsistent UX.

- I can set the fill and stroke gradient for a group just fine (in both
master and 0.92.x), what are the cases in which this doesn't work?

Your suggested change can make some actions take a lot longer, because
one needs to select only objects that have a stroke in a group, to
change their stroke width.

>     I just don't expect Inkscape to add a stroke when I change the line
>     width - I understand that it might help new users, but it's also
>     illogical.
> Currently, if the user adjusts the line width and there's no stroke, the
> value is thrown away entirely. That's absolutely apalling UX. :)

- It doesn't do that for me in 0.92.x, which I routinely use. But the
behavior is new in master - and I just noticed someone removed the
stroke width indicator in the lower left corner! Why was that removed? I
use it so often for quick adjustments.

I think these are bugs. This can't be intentional...


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