This sounds really great.
Has anyone out there used it?
Jason Van Anden
Eduardo Navas wrote:
> —— Forwarded Message
> From: Jon Phillips <[email protected]>
> Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 21:49:12 -0700 (PDT)
> To: Eduardo Navas <[email protected]>
> Subject: Inkscape Announces 0.42 Release :: http://www.inkscape.org ::
> July 26, 2005 - The Inkscape community today announced the release of
> Inkscape 0.42, a cross-platform Open Source Scalable Vector Graphics
> drawing tool.
> Inkscape 0.42 is the most feature-filled release to date, with an
> exceptional number of major and minor new features, usability
> and bug fixes. While some of the new features simply fill
> functionality gaps, others are truly revolutionary. Inkscape 0.42 is
> step closer to full SVG compliance. This release adds:
> * Flowed Text: Text objects that automatically re-flow to any shape
> not just a rectangle).
> * Text Selection: One can now select part of a text and apply any
> to the selection, just like in a word processing application.
> * Gradient Tool: A completely redesigned and much easier to use
> gradient interface with handles displayed directly in the drawing.
> * Effects: These are now usable from within Inkscape on all
> This version ships with a collection of effects including path
> interpolation, randomization, and various fractal algorithms.
> * Color Swatches: This standard facility of most graphics software is
> a part of Inkscape.
> * Colored Clones: Clones may now be painted differently from their
> * Tile Tracing: The Tile Clones dialog can trace an existing image
> tiling, producing a multitude of exciting effects.
> * Grid Arrange, Baseline Align, Unclumping: There are new, powerful
> to arrange objects.
> * Better PS/EPS Export: PostScript level 3 gradient support, better
> handling, and a command line option for batch export are in this
> * Command Line SVG Analysis: Inkscape may now be used from the
> line to query coordinates and dimensions of objects in an SVG file.
> * Better SVG/CSS Compliance: Notably, internal CSS stylesheets are
> supported (read-only).
> * Mac OS X Support: In addition to Linux and Windows, Inkscape 0.42
> now available as a fully self-contained dmg package for Mac OS X.
> There are also dozens of smaller features and usability enhancements
> (especially in the Fill & Stroke dialog, Node tool, and drawing
> tools). In
> this version the development community closed 404 bugs, some quite
> and 165 feature requests. Overall, the Inkscape developers are very
> about this release and heartily recommend upgrading.
> Thanks to Google's Summer of Code, there are four new student
> adding new functionality to Inkscape this summer. Michael Wybrow is
> connectors for automatic diagramming. David Yip is picking up the
> development of Inkboard (http://inkboard.sf.net/) to integrate
> collaborative editing of documents to Inkscape. Matthew Squires is
> DXF Import and Export. Greg Steffensen is working with the Open Clip
> Library to make a common graphical interface from the Library to
> Thanks to the $20,000 worth of funding for these developments from
> the Inkscape developers are aiming to accelerate the development cycle
> the next few releases in order to promote these projects.
> Download Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X packages:
> For many more details, see the complete Release Notes for 0.42:
> Community submitted screenshots:
> About Inkscape
> Inkscape is an open source drawing tool that uses the World Wide Web
> Consortium's (W3C) scalable vector graphics format (SVG). Some
> 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
> operations, text-on-path, text-in-shape, and SVG XML editing. It also
> imports several formats like EPS, PostScript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF
> 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 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,
> development process.
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