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'New from template' dialog's specification

Page : NewFromTemplateSpec

Blueprint :


Long-time users tend to keep a great deal of templates around. Inkscape allows to pick templates from a simple submenu which isn't flexible enough.

Implementing a Scribus-like New From Template (further as NFT) dialog with additional search capability would help keeping templates organized and easily accessible.



Definition of template : ClipTemplates.

Abstract : templates are svg files included in « /usr/.../inkscape/templates/ ». Others templates can be easily adds in « ~/.inkscape/templates ».


List of attributes for each templates:

must be set
  • a default english name (en: desktop 1024x768)
  • a category
if necessary
  • some translations of the name (fr: fond d'écran 1024x768)
  • a description in english
  • some translations of the description
  • some keywords (see talk page)
  • a license
  • a date
  • name(s) of author(s)
  • an email address
  • a website link


Every template must have a default english name. If name is not set, the file name will be displayed.


Templates must be categorized. That's why we must add a new attribute named « category » into every templates svg files. This attribute will allow the NFT dialog to only display categories with at least one template.

Use "/" for subcategories. You can put more than one "/". Examples: "Covers/CD/Front" ; "Covers/CD/Back"

Use " " between words and not "_". Examples: "Paper sizes" and not "Paper_sizes"


Those keywords can be used in order to research a template. For example if you type "Desktop" in the search entry of the NFT dialog, it will show you all template witch contain the keyword "Desktop" (see talk page about usefulness).


Only in english notation : 10/23/2005"

Structure in SVG files

Note: this structure is still preliminary and mainly to start discussion. There are several shortcomings that need to be addressed:

Tags will follow recommendations of See

    <label xml:lang="en">Web banner 728x90</label>
    <label xml:lang="fr">Bannière web 728x90</label>
    <label xml:lang="en">Web/Banner</label>
    <label xml:lang="en">A banner for a website, size: 728x90 px</label>
    <label xml:lang="fr">Une bannière pour site web, taille : 728x90 px</label>


  • name is already stored in metadata as title but in one only language.
  • license, date, authors are already stored in metadata.
  • email of authors can be written next to authors names.
  • website can be stored in metadata as Source.

Current categories

From ClipTemplates.

  • Covers
    • CD
      1. CD_cover_300dpi.svg
    • DVD
      1. DVD_cover_regular_300dpi.svg
      2. DVD_cover_slim_300dpi.svg
      3. DVD_cover_superslim_300dpi.svg
      4. DVD_cover_ultraslim_300dpi.svg
    • TAPE
      1. no file
    • VHS
      1. no file
  • Default
    • Language (Files in this category will not appear in NFT dialog. Only the good language will appear)
      1. default.svg (in English)
      2. (ca, cs, de, eo, es, eu, fi, fr, hu, it, ja, lt, nl, pl, pt_BR, sk)
    • Units (will probably be removed and replaced by a combobox that's allow to select unit)
      1. default_mm.svg
      2. default_pt.svg
  • Desktops
    1. desktop_1024x768.svg
    2. desktop_1600x1200.svg
    3. desktop_640x480.svg
    4. desktop_800x600.svg
  • Fonts
    1. fontforge_glyph.svg
  • Icons
    1. icon_16x16.svg
    2. icon_32x32.svg
    3. icon_48x48.svg
    4. icon_64x64.svg
  • Labels
    1. no file
  • Paper sizes
    1. A4_landscape.svg
    2. A4.svg
    3. business_card_85x54mm.svg
    4. business_card_90x50mm.svg
    5. Letter_landscape.svg
    6. Letter.svg
  • Slideshows
    1. LaTeX_Beamer.svg
  • Template themes
    1. no file
  • Uncategorized
    1. black_opaque.svg
    2. white_opaque.svg
    3. no_borders.svg
    4. no_layers.svg
  • Videos
    1. video_HDTV_1920x1080.svg
    2. video_NTSC_720x486.svg
    3. video_PAL_720x576.svg
  • Web
    • Buttons
      1. no file
    • Banners
      1. web_banner_468x60.svg
      2. web_banner_728x90.svg
about languages

About Portuguese Brazil. See the list of language in the User Profile that wiki (pt-br) or locale bash pt_BR. I think that only BR may conflict with other language. Also use about.pt_BR.svg .. RFC1766 meta-tag in HTML4 or history ... Acceptable change to BR only if there is a conflict with another BR.


Types of templates

NFT dialog provides access to both static and dynamically created (procedural) templates. Static templates are simple SVG files. Dynamically created templates are scripts like Perfect-Bound Cover. See GUI mockup section below for GUI considerations.



Scribus NFT dialog is really good ! We have to reproduce this dialog. Uses tabs: tab 1 for custom and tab 2 for templates.


Mockup of NFT dialog for static templates:


Mockup of NFT dialog for procedural templates:


Behind the curtains


Integration with ccHost

ccHost is deprecated ! prefer GetHotNewStuff

Integration with GetHotNewStuff

Integration with OCAL

NFT as menu item


Future improvements

In case someone comes up with a decent web service to host updatable templates, the dialog should notificate on updates and allow grabbing updated versions.