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Jon Phillips on Tue, 22 Nov 2005 12:10:17 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime-ann> [ann] Inkscape Announces 0.43 Release :: http://www.inkscape.org :: Draw Freely


November 21, 2005 &mdash; The Inkscape community today releases Inkscape
0.43, 
an Open Source Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) drawing tool available for

Unix/Linux variants, Mac OS X, and Windows.

The focus of this release is on the exciting new features sponsored by
Google 
through their Summer of Code (SoC) program which provided funding for
four 
individuals to contribute to Inkscape. The primary additions this release
are:

    * Connectors: A new indispensable connector tool implements creation,

      editing, and auto-routing (object-avoiding) of connector lines
between 
      objects. It is indispensable for drawing diagrams. (Google SoC
project)
    * Inkboard Collaborative Editing: One may now connect to other
Inkscape 
      users over a network and edit a shared document, watch changes, and

      contribute one's own changes. (Google SoC project)
    * Pressure and Tilt Sensitivity: The calligraphy tool may now use a
tablet 
      pen with pressure and tilt support to vary the width and angle of a

      calligraphic stroke.
    * Better Node Editing: One may freely drag, bend, and stretch a
Bezier 
      curve by any point and not only by a node. Also, one may easily add
a new 
      node at any point on the curve.
    * New Extensions: There are now extensions for envelope distortion, 
      whirling, and adding nodes.
    * Refinements: Inkscape now supports improved precision, expanded
limits, 
      usability improvements and several bugfixes.
    * SVG Compliance: There is now additional support for the viewBox
element 
      improving SVG compatibility.

In response to the release, Tavmjong Bah updated his online book, "A
Guide to 
Inkscape" (http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/index.php), to
cover 
the Inkscape 0.43 features. This guide is not included with the Inkscape

release. Users are encouraged to read the guide in addition to Inkscape
0.43's 
release notes and the help included with Inkscape.

Currently the Inkscape community is working on the next release which
focuses 
on stability and closing bugs. The next release will add an outline
viewing 
mode, a plan towards SVG Tiny compliance, a fill and stroke interface to
the 
bottom toolbar, and further application refinements.

Inkscape is open to all types of contributions by people with all
different 
skill levels from around the world. Inkscape needs translators, web
designers, 
people to help answer questions, and developers to help reach the
project's 
goal of SVG compliance. Visit Inkscape.org and Draw Freely. 


Download Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X packages:
 
     http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=93438

For many more details, see the complete Release Notes for 0.43:
 
     http://www.inkscape.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ReleaseNotes043

Community submitted screenshots:
 
     http://www.inkscape.org/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 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 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 work includes 
conversion of the codebase from <nowiki>C/Gtk</nowiki> 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 process.

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