[artinfo] Inkscape Announces 0.42 Release
jon at rejon.org
Sun Aug 7 19:50:16 CEST 2005
July 26, 2005 ’ The Inkscape community today
announced the release of Inkscape 0.42, a
cross-platform Open Source Scalable Vector
Graphics (SVG) drawing tool.
About Inkscape: 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
Inkscape 0.42 is the most feature-filled release
to date, with an exceptional number of major and
minor new features, usability mimprovements, and
bug fixes. While some of the new features simply
fill long-standing functionality gaps, others are
truly revolutionary. Inkscape 0.42 is one step
closer to full SVG compliance. This release adds:
* Flowed Text: Text objects that
automatically re-flow to any shape (and not just
* Text Selection: One can now select part
of a text and apply any style to the selection,
just like in a word processing application.
* Gradient Tool: A completely redesigned
and much easier to use on-canvas gradient
interface with handles displayed directly in the
* Effects: These are now usable from within
Inkscape on all platforms. This version ships
with a collection of effects including path
interpolation, randomization, and various fractal
* Color Swatches: This standard facility of
most graphics software is now a part of Inkscape.
* Colored Clones: Clones may now be painted
differently from their original.
* Tile Tracing: The Tile Clones dialog can
trace an existing image with tiling, producing a
multitude of exciting effects.
* Grid Arrange, Baseline Align, Unclumping:
There are new, powerful ways to arrange objects.
* Better PS/EPS Export: PostScript level 3
gradient support, better text handling, and a
command line option for batch export are in this
* Command Line SVG Analysis: Inkscape may
now be used from the command line to query
coordinates and dimensions of objects in an SVG
* Better SVG/CSS Compliance: Notably,
internal CSS stylesheets are now supported
* Mac OS X Support: In addition to Linux
and Windows, Inkscape 0.42 is now available as a
fully self-contained dmg package for Mac OS X.
Thanks to Google's Summer of Code, there are four new student developers
adding new functionality to Inkscape this summer. Michael Wybrow is
adding connectors for automatic diagramming. David Yip is picking up the
development of Inkboard (http://inkboard.sf.net/) to integrate networked
collaborative editing of documents to Inkscape. Matthew Squires is
adding DXF Import and Export. Greg Steffensen is working with the Open
Clip Art Library to make a common graphical interface from the Library
to Inkscape. Thanks to the $20,000 worth of funding for these
developments from Google, the Inkscape developers are aiming to
accelerate the development cycle for 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:
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