Release notes/0.92.4

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Inkscape 0.92.4 is a stability and bugfix release.

Improvements

Align and Distribute

Allow to align multiple objects as group relatively to a single object

This makes "treat selection as group" useful with the selections "Last selected / First selected / Biggest object / Smallest object" in which case all elements will be moved as a group relative to the "focused" element which will be kept fixed.

Example aligning multiple (ungrouped) objects to first selected object:
Align as group to focused.gif

Color sliders

Allow to constrain movement of color sliders by holding "Ctrl" key.

Color slider default.gif Color slider constrained.gif
(step size is 16 if the max value is 255, and 10 if it's 100)

Extensions

Previously, the current selection was lost after running an extension. Now, whenever possible, Inkscape will try to keep the objects selected.

Automated Graphics Processing

Inkscape is now able to read and write pipes. You can use this to process data without using temporary files.

You can read from standard input

 cat vector.svg | inkscape --file - --export-png img.png

You can write image data to standard output and directly convert to JPEG

 inkscape --file vector.svg --export-png - | convert - out.jpg

Also full processing mode is possible by reading and writing to pipes

 cat vector.svg | inkscape --file - --export-png - | convert - out.jpg

Other improvements

  • Improved saving speed (especially some extreme slowdowns with certain large files like those created by Adobe Illustrator were resolved, see also bug #1793877)

Regression fixes

  • Deselecting a path with many nodes could take a long time (Bugs #1652100 and #1745763)
  • Ungrouping text elements could result in changed font size of children (Bug #1733651)

Notable bugfixes

  • Some printer drivers (reportedly Canon, EPSON, and Konica Minolta drivers) either failed to print at all or scaled documents to the wrong paper size, because Inkscape always sent jobs with custom paper sizes instead of sizes supported by the drivers. (Bug #630635 comments 3-7; bug #1289733; GitLab MRs 258 and 259)
  • The measurement tool got confused by mirrored text. Now it measures distances between letters correctly, even when mirrored. (Bug #1738504)
  • Fix reduced opacity of partially transparent embedded bitmap images in PDF export. (Bug #381677)
  • Fix reduced opacity of partially transparent filtered objects in PDF export when "Rasterize filter effects" is active. (Bug #381677)
  • Fixed a very annoying crash when Shift/Ctrl-clicking on control handles of shapes. (Bug #1594877)

More bug fixes

There were even more issues fixed than those listed above, but these probably only affect a small portion of users, or are relevant for development and packaging only.

For a complete list, visit our launchpad bug tracker and see the commit history on gitlab (all changes from March, 11th 2018 until release date).

Translations

The following UI translations received updates:

  • language

The following installer translations received updates:

  • language

The following documentation translations received updates:

  • Ukrainian
  • Hungarian

Contributing to interface translations

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Documentation

  • Layout of HTML Keyboard Shortcut Reference improved
  • Indicate correct keyboard shortcut for the measurement tool in Keyboard Shortcut Reference
  • Clarification in the man page for usage of the -z / --verb options in combination

Contributing to documentation and documentation translation

Contributions to the documentation translations, as well as improvements to its contents, are welcome at the inkscape-docs repository.

Known issues

Previous releases