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This announce planning page is based on AnnouncePlanning047 - What you see below has been copied from there and edited. Refer to the Release notes/0.92 for details on what's new, different and improved.


Note: Next time, please give website translators and editors at least 2 or three days before the website load gets so much that editing/publishing isn't possible. Directly after the announcement is out, we can't currently update or translate anything.

Task Performer Projected Date of completion Status
Write PR texts
Informal PR text - DRAFT Bryce 100%
Informal PR text Bryce 100%
Translated Informal PR text Translators In Progress
Formal PR text - DRAFT 0%
Make 2 or 3 official screenshots that demonstrate new features. video that demonstrates cool features in 0.92 - additional: use new About Screen . Use as attachments for formal PR texts. Here are a couple of images that could also be used). Jabier, CR 100%
Formal PR text (omitted) 0%
Translate Formal PR text (omitted) 0%
Spread PR
Update and add new Contacts & Sources on this Wiki page 20%
Contact Contacts & Sources on this Wiki page See below for people who will contact news sites, lists etc. 0%
Update website
Add News article to Inkscape website Maren 100%
Update all pages in Downloads menu (also add a special note to the OS X downloads page about unavailability of 0.92, and how to contribute) Uploaders, Maren 100%
Update The Next Release Page Bryce 100%
Review FAQ and add important items (units conversion, dialogs minimized bug, font manager bug, missing OS X version) 0%
Add screenshot with mesh gradient to screenshots page 0%
Update docs repository to show docs for 0.92 per default jazzynico 0%
Update Learn -> Books to link to new keyboard shortcut list Maren 100%
Optional: review Features page and add a couple of new ones. 0%
Translate website changes (needs not be complete for release, priority: news, downloads pages) Website translators In Progress
Unpublish outdated downloads pages for orphaned languages Maren 100%
Update images in the front shield Jabier, Maren, Translators 100%
Add current release into the releases db Maren 100%

Announcement Process

  1. Create News posts (using the small overview below) on all the relevant social sites: reddit, twitter, facebook, Google+, hacker news, slashdot, etc.
  2. Create a new Page on the Inkscape website that has the Formal Announcement on it (for linking purposes) have links back to the social bookmarking stories for the release.
  3. Post the official announcement to the Inkscape News on the website, and on all the relevant Inkscape lists (eg. announce, user, developer)
  4. Send out the informal announcement (include a link to the web page with the formal announcement)
  5. Send out the formal announcement. (include a link to the web page with the formal announcement)

Press Release Translations

Once the English Press Release text has been finalized, translation can start into other languages.

The current goal for this PR text is to have the English version finished by [DATE TO BE DETERMINED].

Please Create a new Wiki page for planning / translating the 0.92 PR in your language here:


Press Release Text

Brief Overview

The Inkscape project announces a new version 0.92 of its popular vector drawing software. This release adds mesh gradients, improves SVG2 and CSS3 support, new path effects, and a whole host of other features, updates, and bug fixes. Inkscape is free, open source software available to everyone in the world.





Informal Announcement Text

Inkscape Version 0.92 is Released!

Showcase video:

The Inkscape project announces a new version 0.92 of its popular vector drawing software. New features include mesh gradients, improved SVG2 and CSS3 support, new path effects, interactive smoothing for the pencil tool, a new Object dialog for directly managing all drawing elements, and much more. Infrastructural changes are also under way, including a switch to CMake from the venerable Autotools build system.

Mesh gradients enable artists to create photo-realistic drawings more easily - a feature we would love to see made part of the W3C's Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) standard; if you find this feature as cool as we do, please request that your favorite web browser adopts support for it too! Inkscape works closely with the SVG standards committee, and thanks to our many generous donors the Inkscape project sponsors an engineering representative to attend SVG working group meetings over the past few years; a welcome outcome of this participation is the improvement and addition of over a dozen SVG and CSS properties, such as paint-order, white-space, and mix-blend-mode.

Live Path Effects are proving to be a vibrant ecosystem in the Inkscape project, and many innovative new ideas have been percolating over the past couple years since our last release. Spiro Live, BSpline, and Roughen essentially provide new drawing modes. The Simplify LPE cleans up vector elements non-destructively by smoothing paths, shapes, groups, clips, and masks. Perspective/Envelope and Lattice Deformation 2 enable artists to interactively deform/transform drawing elements. Other new features enable interactive mirroring, interactive rotation of copies along an arc or circle, and dozens of other additions and enhancements.

All software must evolve with the times, and Inkscape is no different. To maintain consistency with the CSS standard, Inkscape's default resolution has changed from 90dpi to 96dpi; Inkscape will detect files created with previous versions and offer to convert them. A number of infrastructural changes are in process to help Inkscape keep up with progress. For 0.92 we are changing to the CMake build system, which builds faster and is easier for developers to work with. (Future infrastructure changes include switching from bzr to git, shifting from Gtk2 to Gtk3, and moving to the C++11 standard.)

The above barely scratches the surface of all the new stuff included in this release. For the full story, including examples, screenshots, and videos, please see our detailed Release Notes:

If you're on Linux, you'll soon be able to install Inkscape 0.92 from your distribution via normal methods. We also intend to publish a distribution-independent snap file for Inkscape 0.92. If you're on Windows, we have a set of packages that we hope will let you maximize performance on your platform. For Mac OS X, no packages are available -- our old (X11/XQuartz) packaging was long overdue to be updated to current standards and is no longer being maintained. If you wish to compile Inkscape yourself, then of course, the Inkscape source code is also available from our website.

The Inkscape Project thrives due to your support. We are a volunteer-driven community built from thousands of contributions of time, skill, and funds, to create a powerful open source tool that is made available for free to everyone in the world. We invite you to join our community and participate in helping advance Inkscape towards new objectives. Come help us chart out the new directions that Inkscape needs to take! Inkscape is created *by* the community *for* the community.

Your donations also help further Inkscape's mission. You can donate to Inkscape's general fund, or target your donation to support our SVG Standards work or Hackfests.

Formal Announcement Text

The Inkscape Community Releases Inkscape 0.92

New York, NY, [RELEASE DATE] -- The Inkscape community announces the release of Inkscape 0.92. Inkscape is a multi-platform, Open-Source Vector Graphics Editor that uses SVG as its native file format. Digital artists use it to produce professional quality work. Engineers and scientists use it to create clear drawings to explain their ideas. Everyday people use it to create simple drawings, develop their design skills, and just have fun. This new version features ...[INSERT MAIN FEATURES HERE].

This newest Inkscape release includes a wealth of new tools and improvements developed over the past year, [SHORTENED RELEASE CYCLE :)].



With 0.92 out the door, the Inkscape community is already working on the upcoming 0.92, which [RELEASE FOCUS]. Future releases will focus on stabilization in preparation for a 1.0 version release.

For a complete list of new and improved features see the 0.92 Release Notes:


The new version of Inkscape for Windows and Linux can be obtained from Inkscape's download page:

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 can also import EPS, PostScript, and most bitmap formats, and exports PNG, PS, PDF and various vector formats. Inkscape's main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS3 drawing tool. Additional work includes conversion of the codebase from C/Gtk to C++/Gtkmm, emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful features added through an extension mechanism, and maintaining a friendly, open, community-oriented development process.

Places to Announce

Receive small overview

Web Site / Media Who will contact / post Notes... ? someone needs to post a short excerpt announcing the release, and link it to ? someone needs to post a short excerpt announcing the release, and link it to ? submit a new news item. ? submit a new news item.
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(1 Web Site / Media) (2 Who will contact / post) ~ done (3 Notes...)

Receive Informal PR

Open Source Community

Contact Name Who will contact / post Notes...
gnome office list ? gnome-office-list at gnome dot org
svg developers yahoo group ? svg-developers at yahoo dot com must join the list to send (rejon is on)
cairo list bryce cairo at cairographics dot org
gnome-list bryce gnome-announce-list at gnome dot org
Scribus Lists bryce see and bryce bryce Maren

Broader Inkscape & Art Community

Contact Name Who will contact / post? Notes...
Inkscape deviantart group ScislaC?
the inkscape forum ScislaC / Brynn? run by microUgly
inkscape tutorials blog ryan lerch?
open clip art library list
open clip art library news
Inkscape Community (tutorials, forum, gallery) brynn forum - vector art blog bryce contact(at)
Google+ Inkscape Tav?
Twitter Inkscape Scislac?
Facebook Inkscape bryce

Other Inkscape Users

Inkscape is attracting growing numbers of users in different fields such as scrapbooking, craft-makers, fabric designers and people creating a range of technical drawings. How can we get the word out to these groups?

website / magazine / list Who will contact / post? Notes... Brynn? Brynn? Maren

Receive Formal PR

Contact Name Who will contact / post? Notes... ? login and submit news via top of page link ? jbrockmeier at linux hyphen mag DOT com. ? bryce


German news sites

Release Notes are available in German: Release_notes/0.92/de

The informal announcement is also available in German, in the News section of the website (not published as of now).

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French websites

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