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Inkscape 0.39

A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool

http://www.inkscape.org/

We are pleased to announce the Inkscape 0.39 release. The most important change in this release is the switch to the Pango library for font handling and Unicode support; a lot of work also went into new SVG features, export/import, UI, and usability. Here are the highlights:

  • Pango: smoother text display, auto kerning, better i18n (automatic font substitution, right-to-left text, bi-directional text), less platform dependence
  • New SVG features: markers (aka arrowheads), clones (svg:use), pattern tiles, RDF metadata; many SVG compliance bugfixes
  • New dialogs: Preferences, Find, Metadata
  • New and improved import/export file formats: PS, EPS, AI, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, Sketch, Dia, and more
  • Pure convenience: usable dropper, scale switches, Commands bar, more tool controls (including rounded stars), more import formats, more paper sizes, Revert command, edit inside group, better selection cues, spell checking, window layout configurable, streamlined Fill & Stroke, snapping improvements, better rounded corners in rects, path reversing, persistent rotation crosshair, per-object export hints, and much more
  • Internals: speedups, more C++ification, garbage collection, SigC++ signals, wider use of new data structures, extensive cleanup
  • Plus: new documentation, new translations, lots of assorted bugfixes (the infamous "freeze when dragging outside of window" bug on Windows is gone!)

The team has placed a great deal of scrutiny into fixing bugs, and while this was not a primary focus as it had been for 0.38.1, we expect this release will be at least as stable as the last.

For tons more details, see the Release Notes for 0.39:

   ReleaseNotes039

Screenshots:

   http://www.inkscape.org/screenshots/

Download your packages (Linux, Windows, Mac OSX):

   http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=93438

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