Inkscape 0.42 is our biggest release so far by the sheer number of major and minor features, usability improvements, and bugfixes. While some of the new features simply fill long-standing functionality gaps, others are truly revolutionary. Here are the highlights:
- Flowed text: text objects that automatically reflow in any shape (not only rectangle).
- Text selection: finally you can shift arrow or drag over part of a text and apply any style to the selected span.
- Gradient tool: a completely redesigned and much easier to use gradient interface, with gradient handles displayed right on canvas.
- Effects are now usable from within Inkscape on all platforms; this version ships with a collection of effects including path interpolation, randomization, and various fractal algorithms.
- Color swatches: a standard facility in most graphic software, now in Inkscape too.
- Colored clones: clones can now be painted differently from their original.
- Tile tracing: the Tile Clones dialog can trace the existing image with the tiling, producing a multitude of exciting effects.
- Grid arrange, baseline align, unclumping: new powerful ways to arrange objects.
- Better PS/EPS export: gradient support, better text handling, a command line option for batch export.
- Command line SVG analysis: use Inkscape from the command line to query coordinates and dimensions of objects in an SVG file.
- Better SVG/CSS compliance: notably, internal CSS stylesheets are now supported (read-only).
- OS X support: In addition to Linux and Windows, Inkscape 0.42 is available as a fully self-contained dmg package for Mac OS X.
There are also dozens of smaller features and usability enhancements (especially in the Fill