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Inkscape Development Roadmap

NOTE: This is a working document showing specific near-term tasks needed for achieving the numbered milestones.

Milestones 0-12 have been completed since the start of the Inkscape Project. See OldRoadmap

Milestone 13 - Inkscape 0.47 - Refactoring / Cleanup

New/Changed Dependencies

  • GTK 2.12 (required)

Architectural Refactoring Effort

  • Lib2geom Integration
    • Eliminate code in favor of 2geom where feasible
  • Convert remaining GTK dialog code to GTKmm
  • Eliminate all use of sp_repr_new in favor of XML::Document::* classes (see [1])
  • Subsystem Rearchitecture
    • Migrate SPObject to native C++ classes
    • Rename all 'SPFooBar' routines to 'FooBar' and put into namespaces
  • Implement gradient UI “release” handler to deal with gradient garbage collection (see bug 984854)
    • Note: I can't find this bug on Inkscape. Could someone locate and link it?
      --Zearin 18:48, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Create an API for tracking references and avoiding id clashes on import and interdocument copy/paste. The optimal place to put it would probably be somewhere at the XML level
  • Streamline style
    • Eliminate use of the style.h types in as much of codebase as possible, particularly display
    • Externally, it should present a simple set of accessor methods for getting/setting properties by name, and propagating to/from repr
    • Inside, it should have:
      • a concise list of property names with the expected domain of values in CSS and the associated Inkscape data type
      • a concise list of property aliases which represent one or more properties combined, each with the rule used to combine
      • definitions of the aforementioned rules and value domains
      • some generic code (not tied to any one property) implementing the needed behavior

Codebase Cleanup Effort

User Documentation Effort

  • Rearrange tutorials into sub-categories
  • (PARTIALLY DONE) Switch to use of xml2po for tutorial files (Colin Marquardt)
  • Document filters

Inkscape SVG Effort

  • Revisit coordination system (move away from Cartesian)

User Interface Effort

  • Improvement of SVG patterns UI—make it similar to gradient-drag, instead of piggybacking knotholder
  • Palettes
    • Custom palettes like from Gnome
    • Ability to load 3rd-party palettes (e.g. Pantone, Trumatch, Focoltone, Toyo, etc.)
  • Reenable fuzzy font matching [bulia]
  • Improve freehand curve smoothness [pjrm, paraprax]

Testing Effort

  • Include some rendering tests in `make check'.
  • Get `make check' to pass on Win32 and OSX (with the current btool, does this mean a `btool check' should pass?)
  • Investigate performance measurement testing for Inkscape

Animation Effort

  • Create a written conceptualization of how it should work
    • Currently, part of the concept discussion is at here

User Documentation Effort

  • More tutorials
    • Node editing
    • Advanced text effects
    • Grid snapping
    • Connectors
    • Creating photo-realistic art

Performance effort

  • Support Hardware acceleration
    • Take advantage of OpenGL 2.1 or dx9 to enhance editing and display performance.
      • (Note: OpenVG would be better suited for Inkscape's needs but I'm not sure about its status. --Tweenk 00:53, 26 July 2009 (UTC))
  • Multi-Processor
    • Boost performance on multi-core processor.

GUI effort

  • Layer panel
    • Add object selection in layer (similar to Adobe Illustrator).
  • Tab document
    • Open and create new document(s) in the same window.
  • Menu icons
    • Compact icons
    • Grayed icons
      • Tool icons turn into color when hovering or selected (similar to Adobe Illustrator).
  • Multi-page
    • Multi-page tool (similar to Artboard tool on Adobe Illustrator CS4).

Milestone 14 - Inkscape 0.48 - Animation

File Format Support Effort

DOM Binding Effort

  • Evaluate Adobe Activescript to use instead of Spidermonkey for our JS engine
  • Create sample prototype app to explore ActiveScript
  • Decide whether to go with Spidermonkey or Adobe ActiveScript


Desktop Integration Effort

  • [PARTIALLY DONE] Inter-application cut-and-paste
  • Inter-application drag-and-drop

Architectural Refactoring Effort

  • Complete lib2geom integration

DOM Binding Effort

  • Create tool that reads the W3C idl files and generates binding code
  • Bind XPath parsing/execution
  • Finish the CSS-DOM classes
  • Add a run mode in a separate window that runs and displays the scripted SVG

Desktop Integration Effort

  • WebDAV/FTP support via GVFS, KIO, Neon, or the like
  • Finish making printing work more efficiently and reliably
  • Clipart manager GUI

Inkboard Effort

  • Ensure multi-user conferences work across most JEP-compliant Jabber servers
  • Conduct an informal security analysis of Inkboard for security flaws

File Format Support Effort

  • PDF Import/Export
    • Generate multipage PDF documents
    • Define bleed and slug areas for offset printing
    • Add crop, bleed and registration marks

Inkboard Effort

  • Stabilize the code by closing crash bugs in the bug tracker

SVG Feature Compliance Effort

  • Animation
    • Sketch out UI mockup ideas for animation rendering/animation
    • Make an ultra-preliminary proof of concept of at least one animation feature

Extension Effort

  • Unification of the way to display help on extensions
  • Localizable help of bundled extensions
  • Effect extensions browser

Milestone 15 - Inkscape 0.49 - Prototype all SVG Mobile features

SVG Feature Compliance Effort

  • Ability to select which SVG spec version to save as
  • Multi-page
  • Animation
  • Implement perspective transformations via PerspectiveObject
  • Path editing
  • Shaped strokes
  • Masking/clip paths
    • on-canvas editing (patch for 0.47 is ready)
    • Should work like gradient tool to apply transparency
  • hyperlinking
  • Ensure Inkscape does not throw away the internal DTD subsets of documents it reads

Milestone 16 - Inkscape 0.50 - SVG Mobile Support

SVG Feature Compliance Effort: (Also see SVG Tiny Compliance)

  • Multi-page
  • Scripting
  • Markers
    • Inherit stroke properties (like color)
    • On-canvas editing
    • Fix snapping issue
  • Real CMYK / LAB / HSB support

Milestone 17 - Inkscape 0.51

Architectural Refactoring Effort

File Format Support Effort

  • Native Adobe Illustrator file Export / Import (DONE)
    • (DONE) Requires good PDF Import/Export
  • Native CorelDraw file Import/Export (currently uses UniConvertor)
  • DXF import/export
  • Improved raster support via Gdk::Pixbuf

Milestone 18 - Inkscape 0.52 - Tech drawing abilities

User Interface Effort

  • Implement iso (DONE) and hex grid
  • Editable toolbars (GTK::Toolbar class)
  • Geometrical constraints
    • “Perpendicular-to”, “Parallel-to”, etc.
  • Path trimming/extending/offset
  • Filleting tool

Extensions Effort

  • Implement extension registry for users to upload/download extensions via Inkscape
  • Dia-like smart shapes support

(CAD and BlueprintGeometricAndTechDrawing)

Milestone 19 - Inkscape 0.53 - Inkcore

  • Separate sections of code into various libraries for use by other programs
    • inkcanvas
    • inkview
    • inkscape

Milestone 20 - Inkscape 0.54

Milestone 21 - Inkscape 0.55

??? - Inkscape 1.00 - Full SVG 1.1 support

Milestone [Future]