A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool
Inkscape 0.41 focused on bug fixing. With over 100 bugs fixed since the 0.40 release, this significantly strengthened Inkscape on Windows and support for international users. With the help of countless users, Inkscape developers fixed several serious crashes, memory leaks and mis-features.
The program is now noticeably snappier due to many user submitted bug reports.
Inkscape 0.41 also adds two extremely powerful features. First, the black
and white tracing functionality introduced in 0.40 has been improved to also allow conversion of color and grayscale images into vector graphics.
Now Inkscape can convert photos, scanned artwork, and other drawn images
into editable illustrations in the SVG format. Second, is the addition of a new clone tiler facility which creates patterns, tessellations, and other
sorts of geometric tiling arrangements. This aids in the creation of a plethora of patterns and textures through an easy-to-use dialog.
User requests and comments also stimulated a number of improvements to units handling, extensions, the Invert Selection command, layers selector, icon theming, and the addition of several new translations.
A number of large scale changes are planned for the 0.42 release, including converting the user interface to use Gtkmm behind the scenes and the incorporation of a new Document Object Model (DOM) which will provide the core for implementing scripting. The Inkscape community will be busy implementing these changes for the next couple of months and they encourage people to submit bug reports, feature requests, and to contribute code. For more information and to download Inkscape 0.41, visit www.inkscape.org. Draw Freely.
Inkscape is an open source drawing tool that uses the W3C standard 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 meta-data, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS, Postscript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.
Inkscape’s main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional planned work includes conversion of the codebase from C/Gtk? 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 processes.