Release notes/0.93

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Inkscape 0.93

(definitely not released yet - AnnouncePlanning093)


Release highlights

Released on «YYYY-MM-DD».

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Important changes

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The icon preview dialog now correctly shows the page background (Bug #1537497). As a side effect, custom UI icons SVG files need updating to have their background color alpha channel set to 0 so that they display correctly (see Bug #1661989).


Tools

Pencil Tool

  • Pressure sensitivity can now be enabled for the Pencil tool. This feature makes use of the PowerStroke live path effect.
  • New settings for the tool are available for refining the behavior of the PowerStroke LPE when created with the Pencil tool (and a graphics tablet).
  • The default shape settings for the effect can be changed in the PowerStroke dialog, when a path with this effect is selected.

Eraser

New option to erase as clip, which allows to non-destructively erase (parts of) all kinds of elements, including raster images and clones.

Clipping / Masking

Clip paths and masks now have an inverse mode in the menu, using the PowerClip and PowerMask LPEs


Live Path Effects

BSPline and Spiro

Improvements in Pen/Pencil mode. With "Alt", you can move the previous node.

Measure Line

This new path effect add DIN and custom style meassure lines to "straight" segments in a path.
Here are a video working:Meassure Line LPE

Clone original Improvements

This path effect now allow items instead paths and has a lot of power behaind.
Here are a video working:Clone Original Improvements

Mirror Symmetry and Rotate Copies Split feature

This new feature allows custom styles for each part of the resulting drawing without unlinking the LPE.</br> Video: Mirror Symmetry and Rotate Copies LPE Split option

Power Clip and Power Mask LPE

This new LPE add options to clips and masks.
Video: PowerClip and PowerMask LPE

Fillet/Chamfer

This new LPE adds fillet and chamfer to paths. Also adds a new internal class that allows to handle extra info per node, the LPE itself is an example of use the new classes.
Video: Fillet/Chamfer LPE

Boolean Operations LPE

Allows non-destructive boolean operations...

Embroidery Stich

An LPE to handle embroidery...


Import / Export

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Extensions

Extension development

  • All INX Parameters now have the common attribute indent="n" where n specifies the level of indentation in the extension UI.
  • Add appearance="url" for INX Parameters of type "description". You can now add clickable links to your extension UI.


SVG and CSS

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Dialogs

Symbols

  • The Symbols dialog can now handle a lot of symbols without delay on startup, and also allows searching. Symbols and symbol sets now displayed in alphabetical order.

Document Properties

  • When resizing the page, the page margin fields can now be locked, so the same value will be used for all margins, but only needs to be entered once.


Customization

Customize all files in the share folder

All files in /share can be over-ridden by placing files in the user's configuration folder (e.g. ~/.config/inkscape). Configurable contents now includes extensions, filters, fonts, gradients, icons, keyboard shortcuts, preset markers, palettes, patterns, about screen, symbol sets, templates, tutorials and some user interface configuration files.

Fonts

  • Inkscape can now load fonts that are not installed on the system. By default Inkscape will load additional fonts from Inkscape's share folder (/share/inkscape/fonts) and the user's configuration folder (~/.config/inkscape/fonts). Custom folders can be set in preferences (see Tools → Text → Font directories).

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Allow to use "Super", "Hyper" and "Meta" modifier keys
  • Improve shortcut handling code. This should fix a lot of issues and allow to use a lot of shortcuts which were inaccessible before, especially on non-English keyboard layouts.

User interface customization

  • Inkscape is starting to use glade files for its dialogs so they can be reconfigured by users. Only one is currently supported (filter editor).
  • The contents of the menus can be configured by customizing the menus.xml file.
  • Toolbar contents for the command bar (commands-toolbar.ui), the snap bar (snap-toolbar.ui), the tool controls bars for each tool (select-toolbar.ui), the toolbox (tool-toolbar.ui) is now configurable.
  • The file keybindings.rc allows you to... (TODO: do what? What does it do in comparison to keys.xml?)
  • The interface colors and some more UI styles can be customized in style.css (very raw themeing support).

Inkview

Inkview was considerably improved and got some new features:

  • Support folders as input (will load all SVG files from the specified folder)
    The -r or --recursive option will even allow to search subfolders recursively.
  • Implement -t or --timer option which allows to set a time after which the next file will be automatically loaded.
  • Add -s or --scale option to set a factor by which to scale the displayed image.
  • Add -f or --fullscreen option to launch Inkview in fullscreen mode
  • Many smaller fixes and improvements


Command Line

  • xverbs (command line commands that take parameters, e.g. for saving the selection under a specified filename as svg file) (mailing list thread)
  • New verb allows to swap fill and stroke from command line: EditSwapFillStroke (a keyboard shortcut can now be assigned to it) (bug 675690)
  • Files can now also be saved as Inkscape SVG without calling the GUI save dialog (new command: --export-inkscape-svg)


New dependencies

  • libsoup - Used for making http requests without the need for dbus and gvfs.


Translations

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Notable Bugfixes

  • Symbols: Visio Stencils loaded from .vss files now use their actual name instead of a placeholder derived from the symbol file's name (bug 1676144)
  • Shapes on Pen and Pencil tools now retain color and width (bug:1707899).

For an exhaustive list of bugs that have been fixed, please see the milestones page for Inkscape 0.93..


Known Issues

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Previous releases