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* New mode eraser
* New eraser mode
* Add more pressure toggles
* More pressure toggles added
* No overlap option with optional multiple elements
* "No overlap" option with optional multiple elements
* No overlap between colors
* "No overlap" option between different background colors
* Configurable offset for overlaps
* Configurable offset for overlaps
* Color picker from center or average area
* Color picker from center or average area
* Apply color picked to fill
* Apply picked color to fill
* Apply color picked to stroke
* Apply picked color to stroke
* Invert picked colors
* Invert picked colors
* Spray over transparent
* Spray over transparent background areas
* Spray over non-transparent
* Spray over non-transparent background areas
* Allow picker enabled sprays to use "Trace Clones" options
* Makes use of "Trace the drawing" options from Tiled Clones dialog

== Measure tool ==
== Measure tool ==

Revision as of 17:56, 6 June 2016

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Inkscape 0.92

(definitely not released yet - AnnouncePlanning092)

Release highlights

Released on «YYYY-MM-DD».

  • The new Object dialog allows to select, label, hide and lock any object in the drawing from a dialog that lists them all
  • Selection sets make it possible to 'group' objects together regardless of document structure
  • Guides can now be locked to avoid accidental movement
  • Several new path effects have been added, among them Envelope/Perspective, Lattice Deformation, Mirror and Rotate Copies
  • There are several new extensions (e.g. a seamless pattern extension) and a new filter (colorblindness simulation) included in the release, many old extensions have been updated or got new features
  • Many SVG2 and CSS3 properties are now supported for rendering (e.g. paint-order, mix-blend-mode)
  • Spray tool and measure tool received a set of nifty new features
  • Interactive smoothing for lines created with the Pencil tool
  • BSplines (and more) are available for the Pen tool
  • Checkerboard background can be used to more easily see object transparencies

[Please, if someone knows that any of these will not be in the release, remove them from the list. Should we add the font features, too?]

Manipulating Objects

Objects Dialog

New dialog for manipulating the object tree.

  • Drag and drop reordering of objects.
  • Find, lock, and hide individual items.
  • Shows individual objects as well as layers.
  • Ability to change highlight color of objects.
  • Ability to set blend mode per object.

Imported from Ponyscape.

Selection Sets Dialog

New dialog that allows the creation of selection sets that are not affected by document structure.


  • Open Dialog with 'Object > Selection sets'
  • To create a new selection set:
  1. Click on the '+' button at the bottom of the dialog to create a new selection set (double-click on its label to edit)
  • To add objects to a selection set:
  1. select object on the canvas
  2. in the 'Selection sets' dialog click on the '+' icon before the selection set in the list
  • To select all objects of a selection set:
  1. deselect any existing selection and click on the selection set in the list
  • To remove an object from a selection set
  1. select the selection set in the dialog
  2. click on 'Items' to show all objects in the set
  3. select an object on the canvas or in the Items list in the dialog
  4. click on the 'Delete' icon (trashbin) before the object in the list
  • To delete a selection set, select it in the list and click on the '-' button at the bottom of the dialog


Font Features

It is now possible to take advantage of OpenType tables to select alternative glyphs from a font. Note that browser support is still limited. Inkscape must also be linked with a recent version of the Pango library.

Vertical Text

Support for vertical text layout has been improved.

  • The default behavior for Latin bases glyphs has been changed. They are now rotated sideways as required by the SVG 1.1 standard.
  • Support for the CSS 3 'text-orientation' property has been added. (Note that this property is not yet fully supported by browsers.)
  • The CSS 3 values for the 'writing-mode' property are supported in rendering. Saving still uses the deprecated SVG 1.1 values.


Converting text to a path will save the text in the 'aria-label' attribute. This is useful for accessibility and could eventually be used by Inkscape to reconstruct the text.

Live Path Effects

Now some suitable LPE's are applied to clips and mask.
Helper lines come again to live
Added to pen/pencil shape combo box the option to add a bend path directly

Spiro Live

Extended video: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFakiI5f0-Y>

Based in Spiro Live Path Effect, now show result while drawing.

  • Nodes cusp (SHIFT) and Spiro.
  • Handle append path on cusp and Spiro mode whith helper preview path.



Extended video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwV0DHvA-OE>

Pen & Node mode

Use BSpline Live Effect while creating and editing paths.

  • Pen and Pencil use
  • Modes cusp(SHIFT) and BSpline while drawing.
  • Handle append parhs with preview helper path.
  • Handle weight of bspline (node tool) with handle movement. SHIFT key required.
  • Handle custom weight snaps with CTRL

Bspline.gif Bspline2.gif

Live Path Effect mode

The options in the Live effect dialog give you control on bspline paths.

  • Set to Default weight (0.3333 time of his curve segment).
  • Make cusp nodes.
  • Numeric input for weight.
  • Steps with CONTROL snaps in node/handle editing.
  • Ignore cusp nodes, affect to all other widgets changes and, for example, retain cusp nodes when you change the power.
  • Change only selected nodes, affect to all other widgets changes.
  • Show a helper path whith the final shape and the generated new nodes.




Extended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=130Dbt0juvY

This filter is a semi-clone of two extensions, ("add nodes" and "jitter nodes") + handle units.

The parameters are similar to both extensions + a global randomizer.

  • Apply to paths, shapes and groups.
  • Apply to clip and masks -if are vectors-




Extended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaWujN_iTSk

Send the simplify command to a non-destructive live path effect.

  • Use on paths, shapes and groups of them.
  • Apply to clip and masks -if are vectors-
  • User can change modify the threshold -preferences dialog- used by a numeric parameter.
  • Apply Simplify on stack.




Extended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjKGatyxTZ8

Apply both deformations by 4 points.

  • Two modes, perspective and envelope.
  • Apply on paths, shapes and groups.
  • Apply on vector clips and mask


Lattice Deformation 2


Extended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlK9L88_tWE
Symmetry video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhuVjqFA6ig

Add deformations by a mesh.
Vertical,horizontal or both symmetry.

  • Apply to paths, shapes and groups.
  • Apply to vector clips and mask


Show Handles


Extended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9ul_PR9XYo

A LPE version of Show Handles extension.

  • Work on paths, shapes and groups.
  • Work on clones
  • Node and Handle shapes resizeables
  • If not a clone, is a destructive LPE, dont save styles, work on a copy!


Transform by two points


Extended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLmYdWoXXIw
Extended video (Elastic rubber): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOWTeZC_LjM

Transform a element by two control points. You can position the control points by bounding box or by original path node index. Thanks Ivan Louette for the idea of the effect.

  • Work on paths, shapes and groups with less power.
  • Allow snapping of both control points
  • Allow fix angle or distance.
  • Elastic mode to simulate a flex path
  • From original width, set the control points based on bounding box


Rotate copies

Extended video (partial fuse path): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpI8gRbkTu4
Extended video (live editing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBQpvfgT4mE
Extended video (kaleidoscope): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfMixSKy3Eo

Transform a element by two control points. You can position the control points by bounding box or by original path node index. Thanks Ivan Louette for the idea of the effect.

  • Work on paths, shapes and groups.
  • Allow fuse the result to make kaleidoscope
  • Allow non 360 fuse.
  • Live editing

Mirror Symmetry

Extended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1sj4AeU3Yo
Mirror a item

  • Works on paths, shapes and groups.
  • Allows to fuse the result
  • Different mirror lines: Free, X, Y, Middle Document[X], Middle Document[Y]

Spray tool

Extended video 1 (No overlap): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uehj4ATOWos
Extended video 2 (No overlap multiple items): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eTG2U3qlb4
Extended video 3 (Over visible, pick color): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTdKu7mAZE8
Extended video 4 (Pressure): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWdQnxd_z30
Extended video 5 (Trace -clones- dialog): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn3vzf-yA_w
todo: a video showing all features joined

  • New eraser mode
  • More pressure toggles added
  • "No overlap" option with optional multiple elements
  • "No overlap" option between different background colors
  • Configurable offset for overlaps
  • Color picker from center or average area
  • Apply picked color to fill
  • Apply picked color to stroke
  • Invert picked colors
  • Spray over transparent background areas
  • Spray over non-transparent background areas
  • Makes use of "Trace the drawing" options from Tiled Clones dialog

Measure tool

Extended video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE0cVDGCzbM

  • Persistent measure
  • Reposition of origin/end
  • Convert to measure item
  • Convert to guides
  • Convert measure to quote
  • Reverse origin/end
  • Measure global
  • Measure only current layer
  • Add precision
  • Add scale

Geometric Construction Tool

  • Helps to create: line segments, circles by specific points, parallels, perpendicular lines, angle bisectors, mirrored paths by applying a Live Path Effect.

[Needs usage instructions!]

[Note: AFAIU the LPE tool (and experimental LPEs) need to be disabled in the stable release branch (it's ok to have them enabled in unstable trunk: helps preventing bit-rot of experimental / unfinished path effects considered experimental), and this section removed from the release notes.]

Align and Distribute

  • NEW: drop-down chooser with options to align nodes relative to each other in node editing mode.

File Format Support

  • The default PostScript level for exporting from the command line changes from 2 to 3 (consistent with the user interface PS exporter which defaults to level 3). Level 3 is required for gradient support.



Plotter Driver

Multiple Pens

The Plotter driver (Extensions -> Export -> Plot) can now handle multiple pens to create colorful drawings on Pen Plotters:

  • Create a layer for every pen to use and move the corresponding drawings into it
  • Name the layer with a title like "Pen 1" or "MyLayerName Pen 1", where the number corresponds to the pen number the plotter should use
  • The layer name always overrides the standard pen setting in the plot menu

Serial Connection

The connection settings now allow you to specify rarely used serial connection settings like byte size, stop bits and parity. Most plotters use the default settings, so only change these if you know what you are doing.

HPGL Export

The HPGL export (File -> Save as -> HP Grafics Language file) has now the same multiple pens feature as the #Plotter Driver.

HPGL Import

The HPGL import (File -> Open -> Select .hpgl file) can now import multiple pens into corresponding layers, see #Plotter Driver for more information.

PDF Import

The image 'interpolate' value is now used to determine how to display bitmaps (interpolated or blocky).

Miscellaneous Improvements

  • Arrange > Restack has new options to reverse and shuffle the z-order of selected objects.
  • Render > Random Tree has new option to omit redundant segments.
  • Visualize Path > Measure Path has additional text layout options.
  • Render > Barcode was updated with new EAN2 code and extended EAN13 with automatic EAN2 and EAN5 additions

Extension Development

  • It is now possible for an extension to retrieve a list of selected nodes (Bug #171287).



  • Color > Color Blindness filter allows to simulate different color blindness conditions.

Other dialogs

Document Properties: Licences

All selectable licences have been updated to most current version.

Filter Editor

Filter list now displays how often a filter is used.


  • 'Resize page to selection' added to Edit menu, shortcut: Shift+Ctrl+R

Other user interface

Node Snapping

Snapping in the node tool has been improved:

  • When double clicking to insert new nodes, the position of these new nodes will snap to for example path intersections and to path-guide intersections
  • When grabbing a segment of a path and dragging it to deform it, the pointer will now snap

Checkerboard Background

It is now possible to use a checkerboard background when editing. This allows one to clearly see the transparency of objects.

View Box

One can now set the SVG 'viewBox' attribute from the GUI. This attribute sets the scale of the drawing by determining the real-world value of the SVG user unit (pixel size).

Lock Guides

Now guides can be locked and unlocked globally or individually.


  • The 'marker-orientation' property now recognizes units ('deg', 'rad', 'grad' and 'turn').
  • The new SVG 2 'context-fill' and 'context-stroke' properties are implemented which allows the auto-matching of arrowhead fill color to path stroke color.
  • The new SVG 2 marker orientation attribute value 'auto-start-reverse' is implemented. This allows one arrow marker to be used for both ends of a path.
  • The new CSS 3 'mix-blend-mode' and 'isolation' properties are implemented, allowing setting the blend mode between objects without using filters.
  • The new SVG 2 'paint-order' property is now supported. This allows setting the order in which the fill, stroke, and markers are drawn (buttons will be available in the Fill and Stroke dialog).
  • The new SVG 2 'mesh' paint server is supported, including bicubic auto-smoothing. A primitive GUI is available.
  • The SVG 1.1 'text-decoration' property is now rendered (underlines, strike through, etc.). CSS 3 'text-decoration' properties are also rendered.
  • The new SVG 2 'hatch' paint server is now supported.
  • The CSS 'white-space' property is now supported. Use of this property was added in SVG 2 to replace the now deprecated 'xml;space' attribute.
  • The SVG 1.1 'textLength" and 'textAdjust' attributes are implemented, however, there is no GUI for these attributes.
  • Rendering of the Component Transfer filter primitive has been corrected.
  • Units are now recognized in the text and tspan 'x', 'y', 'dx', and 'dy' attributes.
  • Percentage values are now interpreted correctly for shapes.

New SVG 2 and CSS 3 features are generally not enabled in the GUI until widespread support in browsers.

New dependencies

The Paintbucket and Trace Bitmap tools now use an external copy of the Potrace library, which is available in many Linux distributions or can be obtained from http://potrace.sourceforge.net


New UI translations for Assamese, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri (Perso-Arabic and Devanagari), Kokani (Roman and Devanagari scripts), Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri (Meetei Mayek and Bengali scripts), Marathi, Odia, Santali (Devnagari and Ol-Chiki scripts), Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Urdu (Perso-Arabic and Devanagari scripts).

Notable Bugfixes

[Please fill in]

Known Issues

[ Please fill in - unit change, extension]

Previous releases