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Inkscape 1.1.1 – FREE Vector Graphics Editor

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Inkscape 1.1.1 – FREE Vector Graphics Editor

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Freehand, or Xara. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.

The design process may begin by doodles on a napkin, a sketched mindmap, a photo of a memorable object, or a mockup in software which really wouldn’t work to complete the project.

Inkscape can take you from this stage to a final, professional-grade design format which is ready for publication on the web or in physical form.

All Inkscape projects may be exported in formats friendly to web browsers or commercial printer rooms. It is cross-platform, which means it is easy to run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

If you are new to the process of creating vector graphics it may feel different, but you will quickly be pleased by the flexibility, and power Inkscape offers. Vector design is often the preferred method of image creation for logos, illustrations and art which require high scalability. The Inkscape application is used across a wide variety of industries (marketing/branding, engineering/CAD, web graphics, cartooning) and individual uses.

Features of Inkscape:

Object creation

  • Drawing: pencil tool (freehand drawing with simple paths), pen tool (creating Bézier curves and straight lines), calligraphy tool (freehand drawing using filled paths representing calligraphic strokes)
  • Shape tools: rectangles (may have rounded corners), ellipses (includes circles, arcs, segments), stars/polygons (can be rounded and/or randomized), spirals
  • Text tool (multi-line text, full on-canvas editing)
  • Embedded bitmaps (with a command to create and embed bitmaps of selected objects)
  • Clones (“live” linked copies of objects), including a tool to create patterns and arrangements of clones

Fill and stroke

  • Color selector (RGB, HSL, CMYK, color wheel, CMS)
  • Color picker tool
  • Copy/paste style
  • A gradient editor capable of multi-stop gradients
  • Pattern fills (bitmap/vectors)
  • Dashed strokes, with many predefined dash patterns
  • Path markers (ending, middle and/or beginning marks, e.g. arrowheads)

Object manipulation

  • Transformations (moving, scaling, rotating, skewing), both interactively and by specifying exact numeric values
  • Z-order operations (raising and lowering)
  • Grouping objects (“select in group” without ungrouping, or “enter the group” making it a temporary layer)
  • Layers (lock and/or hide individual layers, rearrange them, etc; layers can form a hierarchical tree)
  • Alignment and distribution commands

Text support

  • Multi-line text
  • Uses any installed outline fonts, including right-to-left scripts
  • Kerning, letterspacing, linespacing adjustments
  • Text on path (both text and path remain editable)
  • Text in shape (fill shape following stroke)

Rendering

  • Fully anti-aliased display
  • Alpha transparency support for display and PNG export
  • Complete “as you drag” rendering of objects during interactive transformations

Operations on paths

  • Node editing: moving nodes and Bezier handles, node alignment and distribution, etc.
  • Converting to path (for text objects or shapes), including converting stroke to path
  • Boolean operations
  • Path simplification, with variable threshold
  • Path insetting and outsetting, including dynamic and linked offset objects
  • Bitmap tracing (both color and monochrome paths)

Misc

  • Live watching and editing the document tree in the XML editor
  • PNG, OpenDocument Drawing, DXF, sk1, PDF, EPS and PostScript export formats
  • Command line options for export and conversions
  • Perfectly compliant SVG format file generation and editing

Inkscape 1.1.1 Release Notes:

New Features

Menus

  • We’ve added a link to our donation page in Help → Donate, to make it easier for users to contribute to the project financially

Bug fixes

General

  • Thanks to the upstream fix in gtk3, pressure sensitivity works again with Windows Ink activated
  • Stroke to Path works on text again
  • Undoing Stroke to Path no longer loses the object’s id
  • Undoing Object to Path for an object with a Live Path Effect is now possible without also undoing the preceding action
  • Saving no longer leaks memory
  • Startup times improved, 3.3 seconds to 3 seconds on one Windows machine
  • Hide unnecessary warnings in terminal about optional font directories not being used
  • Canvas no longer blurred when moving window from HiDPI to a regular display
  • Clicking selects objects again on wmii and some other window managers
  • Caps lock no longer stops Delete, Page Down and some other shortcut keys from working on Windows

Dialogs

  • Clicking the resize separator will toggle visibility of docked dialog
  • Welcome dialog:
    • Fixed a paper size typo
    • Renamed some confusing device size names
    • Removed an unnecessary warning when choosing the keyboard shortcuts set
  • Transform dialog: Matrix tab no longer stubbornly insists on using display units instead of the units the user selected
  • Text and Font dialog: Font features load in under a second, instead of minutes for fonts with lots of font features. More font feature glyphs shown too

Filters

  • Fast crop: Transparency is now respected when applying the Filters → Fill and Transparency → Fast Crop filter

Import

  • EPS: Users that have installed Inkscape in the snap packaging format can open EPS files again

Export

  • Optimized SVG: Save as → Optimized SVG works again in Linux AppImage

Markers

  • Start / end markers: A bug was fixed where the path tip protruded over the arrow marker’s end

Menus

  • Help menu: Now using a different set of web links to link to the documentation from the Help menu

Packaging

  • Snap remembers user preferences even when the home directory is not available to the snap. This may occur in LDAP, SSSD, or other set ups where there is a modified nsswitch.conf and NSCD is not acting as a proxy to snaps.
  • Build fixes:
    • Building Inkscape works again on systems with musl libc
    • Building Inkscape works again on NetBSD
    • Building Inkscape works again on FreeBSD
    • Building Inkscape works again with GCC 7

Templates

  • All templates generated from the ‘Welcome’ dialog now use a document scale of 1, making it easier to hand-edit documents created using them

Tools

  • Measure tool:
    • Settings for font size and precision for the Measure tool work again
    • Position dialog moves handles to the right place again
    • Measurements no longer reset on right click or tool switch

Crash fixes

  • … using a grid with the Document Properties dialog open on Windows. This also fixes a memory leak on other operating systems, that did not necessarily lead to a crash.
  • … trying to copy an object without ID
  • … stroke to path applied on paths with no area, fill, stroke, or markers
  • … entering a space character in the ‘Attributes’ field of the ‘Clone Original’ LPE settings dialog
  • … closing a window while the filter editer dialog is floating and a filter is selected
  • … pasting 3D boxes when the 3D box tool is active
  • … multiple objects selected for spray tool in single path mode
  • … quitting in command line or when opening windows if done before window fully loads
  • … Homebrew or MacPorts used and XDG_DATA_DIRS is not defined

Extension bug fixes

  • Fix LaTeX extension on Windows
  • Add __version__ for inkex

Translations

  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Catalan
  • Czech
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Slovenian
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese

Inkscape 1.1 Release Notes:

Inkscape 1.0.2 Release Notes:

Inkscape 1.0.1 Release Notes:

Inkscape 1.0 Release Notes:

Inkscape 0.92.5 Release Notes:

Inkscape 0.92.4 Release Notes:

Homepage – https://www.inkscape.org

Inkscape is a FREE software that runs on Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.

 

 

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