[Clipart] Inkscape Announces 0.43 Release :: http://www.inkscape.org :: Draw Freely.
jon at rejon.org
Mon Nov 21 02:01:38 PST 2005
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.
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