Version 0.43 of Inkscape
Scalable Vector Graphics
(SVG) drawing tool,
has been announced
Inkscape started out as a fork of the
The Inkscape project definition states:
Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.
Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS standards.
A number of new features have been added to version 0.43, including:
- A connector tool for drawing auto-routing lines between objects.
- Support for collaborative editing, multiple users can simultaneously edit a diagram.
- Pressure and tilt sensitivity have been added to the calligraphy tool.
- Improvements have been made to the node editing capabilities of the Bezier curve drawing tool.
- New extensions are available for envelope distortion, whirling, and the addition of nodes.
- Precision has been improved and limits have been expanded.
- The SVG compliance is better.
- The documentation has been updated.
- Numerous bug fixes have been incorporated.
The version 0.43
list all of the changes in more detail.
Several of the new capabilities were produced by participants in Google's
Summer of Code
Inkscape is easy to learn, fun to use, and well documented.
show a variety of the images that have been created.
If that's not enough, a list of online
galleries is available.
A sampling of the project's documentation includes the
with manuals and tutorials and the book
A Guide to Inkscape by Tavmjong Bah.
The future of Inkscape is outlined in the
project roadmap. The future point releases leading up
to the 1.0 release have been well defined.
If you have not tried Inkscape yet, it is definitely worth the effort.
The tutorials are well written, they provide a nice jump start on the
Source code and packaged versions of Inkscape 0.43 are available
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