'''A New Problem'''
or '''Another question to add to the FAQ Section'''
Put simply I am new to all of this 21st century stuff. I don't understand much of the jargon as English is my first and only language. I also have great learning difficulty because I don't understand any of this technical stuff, so bear with me.
I have an Apple G4 running Panther. I followed the instructions to download 'Inkscape' for Panther. I put 'Inkscape' into the 'Applications' folder as instructed.
When I tried to launch 'Inkscape' it would not start. A window appeared saying 'Get X11 for Panther'. A machine search showed that I already have 'X11' on board. I found its file path (by sheer luck): Applications/Installers/Xcode Tools/Packages/X11 SDK.pkg.
I was told to try and put a copy of 'X11' in the 'Applications' folder with 'Inkscape'. This did not work. I was told to make a new folder which only had 'Inkscape' and 'X11' in it in the 'Applications' folder. This did not work.
I have had no further advice and don't have a clue what to do next.
I have 'Inkscape' on board. I have 'X11' on board.
Addition (12th June 2007). It has been suggested that the version either of ' X11' or ' Panther' on my machine is wrong (incompatible) and that is why ' Inkscape' won' t work. I don' t think this is the case: ' X11' was already preloaded on the machine as indicated above and I downloaded ' Inkscape' having read the clearly shown information that it would run on a machine employing OSX 10.3 Panther. Any more thoughts are very welcome.
What next before I eat my keyboard in frustration?
Addition (14th June 2007). The story continues. Since my last edit it has been suggested that the 'X11' I have on board is not the 'X11' which works with 'Inkscape'. I was advised to visit : www. apple.com/ support/ downloads/ x11formacosx.html where I would find the correct 'X11'. I downloaded the '.dmg' file and 'unpacked' it in my 'Applications' folder. I placed the resultant 'X11User.pkg' file in my 'Applications' folder and restarted my machine. 'Inkscape' failed to launch. The other suggestion was that I should place the 'X11User.pkg' in the 'Utilities' folder within the 'Applications' folder. This I did and restarted the machine again. This still did not work. This method did apparently work for the person who suggested it to me. I am still hopeful that I will find a solution to this problem. In the meantime I will have to devise a tasty sauce and maybe some herbs to go with my keyboard. Bon appetite!
Post any replys here or e- mail: cyberian@hotmail. co.uk
Thanks in advance for any help available.
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:I cannot help directly, but I suggest you move the content of this page to [[Talk: MacOS X]] where it can be found easier, and , once you get further, add your input to [[MacOS X]] directly. Then, did you see [http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=1652913&group_id=93438&atid=604306 this 10. 3.9 bug report]? Also, I now found [http: //www. apple.com/downloads/macosx/unix_open_source/inkscape.html this URL], does this package work? - -[[User:Colin Marquardt|cmarqu]] 12:06, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
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I had the same problem. The issue comes from how apple has changed a few things with X11 - basically X11 functionality is there, but the launcher app that is required has not been installed. To get around this, go to your original Mac OS X discs. There is a disc that contains extras, and when you run the installer, the X11 application is an option. You will then have to run software update to get the launcher app up-to -date to the latest X11 libs ( already on your mac).
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A solution has now been found to the problems encountered some three months ago; June 2007. The matter concerned the use of an Apple G4 machine which was about to have its keyboard eaten in frustration. It was going to be accompanied by a light white wine, cream and herb sauce with a hint of garlic.
However the user community came to the rescue with some advice which worked. The keyboard remains unconsumed, and all is well.
Please read on:
Installing ‘Inkscape’ or Dammit, Dammit, Dammit
If you have an Apple computer using OSX 10.3 (Panther) then please read the entire article featured below BEFORE proceeding. It worked for me.
ALL downloads should be virus-checked whether you trust the website you have taken them from or not.
If you have made any previous attempts to install ‘Inkscape’ then it may be necessary to ‘tidy up’ any remains from these attempts.
To do this you will need to visit this URL and download a useful item called ’Blind’.
When you have done this, place ‘Blind’ in your “Home” folder location.
When you double-click ‘Blind’ your machine will ‘reconfigure’ the “Home” window. This will show all of the ‘invisible’ files in “Home”.
If you find: (.inkscape) and (.inkscape-etc) then these should be removed by trashing them in the usual way. WARNING: DON’T TRASH ANYTHING ELSE.
When you have done this, double-click ‘Blind’ again and your machine will return to its usual standard mode.
Special note: ‘Blind’ can be left where it is for the time being and used again if you ever have the need to do so. It can also be moved to other folders, (using drag and drop), and used at those locations to show the ‘hidden’ files in those places.
Next you need to install ‘X11’. ‘Inkscape’ only works in the ‘X11’ windows environment. To do this, go to this URL and follow the usual download procedure.
The ‘X11’ file that you will get must be placed in the file path: (Applications/Utilities/X11)
The X11User.pkg is the installer. When you double click on it, it will open up an ‘X11’ Installer window. Just go through the installer clicking "Continue" at the bottom until you finish the process, (It will go through Introduction, Licence, etc.). You shouldn't have to make any selections throughout the process, just click on "Continue" for each step.
‘X11’ will automatically install in the correct location. This is the file path: (Applications/Utilities/X11).
Next you need to get the right version of ‘Inkscape’. Visit this URL and follow the usual downloading procedure.
Go to the middle of the page to where there's a list called "File Releases". In the list, you need the file called:
When you have placed this (.dmg) file in your Applications folder, all you should have to do is double click the ‘Inkscape’ icon, and ‘Inkscape’ will unpack itself. You can then drag the ‘Inkscape’ application to your chosen place in your Applications folder; the (.dmg) file can then be put away in a place of your choice or trashed as you see fit.
The first time that you launch ‘Inkscape’ it will take a very long time to become active. This is because it must integrate with, among other things, the font library.
On my machine, for example, I have 447 fonts. This meant that the first time I launched ‘Inkscape’, it took just over 2 minutes 50 seconds; but since then it takes around 26 to 36 seconds. Remember I have an unusually large font library. BE AWARE: the first launch can be even longer than I experienced.
You may also like to add other ‘open source’ applications, which also work in the ‘X11’ windows environment.
I have also added GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) to my Applications folder.
Other graphics applications you might like to check out are ‘Expression 3’, also known as ‘Ex3’, ‘X3’ and E3, and ‘Blender’. These do not require the ‘X11’ environment but may be a useful addition to any creative repertoire.
‘Blender’ can be found at: www.blender.org
To obtain all of the above graphics applications I used ‘Google’ as my search engine with the key search words in the box:
open source osx graphics software
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